We caught up with Freya Mavor and got all the gossip on the girls' "dark" friendship, Mini's swelling baby bump and how impending motherhood has changed the character. Read on, then get back here tomorrow at 9am for some post-show chatter.
Can you give us a quick overview of your episode?
"Mini's quite blatantly pregnant at this point and she's kind of refuged in her home, she's kind of hibernating. Franky's there to feed her and make sure she doesn't go off the rails, so the two of them kind of close themselves off in this little world of their own. And when things get out of hand and something happens, Franky suggests the two of them run away.
"It's sort of about the two of them trying to cope with something that's beyond their powers and I guess how they realise what they need from each other - Franky really needs to be nurtured and she acts like she's looking after Mini, but the tables sort of turn and it ends up being the other way round, actually. I think they're basically figuring out what they want from each other."
Going into the episode Mini still isn't entirely sure what to do about her baby - what's going on in her head?
"It's kind of stupid to say she's trying to put it to the back of her mind because at this stage it's very, very prominent and it's not something she can just brush off, like it was at the beginning. Now physically and emotionally it's a huge strain on her.
"You kind of get a sense of what she's actually going to do about the situation because she does come up with a more concrete, concise decision."
What about her relationship with Franky? She becomes a bit intense in this episode.
"I think Mini's under false pretences that Franky's intentions are right and nice, but in fact she doesn't quite realise to what extent Franky is actually manipulating her. Franky thinks she's got Mini's best interests at heart but she doesn't, it's actually kind of selfish.
"It's quite scary, it's quite a possessive relationship. They still love each other a lot, but it gets quite dark, I suppose."
Is there any danger of the other Skins becoming aware of Mini's pregnancy?
"The thing is there's always so much going on in Skins, there's never an episode where everyone just kind of sits around and goes to see a movie. Everyone is obviously having a huge complex with their own issues, especially now Matty's back and everything's kind of thrown back into the air with everyone blaming each other and feeling guilty.
"In the next episode, because it focuses on Mini and Franky, you don't really get to see the rest of the gang. I think it kind of heightens everyone's emotions, I suppose... Mini ignores anyone trying to get involved in her situation, she kind of just pushes them out because she doesn't want to have to deal with it.
Mini's relationship with her mother is still not great, is it? Are you glad to explore that a bit more this episode?
"Definitely. All the scenes with Mini and her mum have been really important, because her mum's also a key reason why she hasn't got an abortion.
"With this dysfunctional family that she's been born into, this unstable relationship she has with her mum and that she had with her dad, it's this idea that she wants to create something that she never had and sort of do it right this time."
We've seen a softer side with Mini during the pregnancy. Will she revert to her old self after the events of this episode?
"It's strange, it is that thing that once you have a kid your whole life and your whole being changes. With Mini, who was quite high maintenance and self-indulgent in the way that she only looked out for herself, something like this is almost exactly what she needs.
"It kind of gives her some purpose and it will throw her into a whole different world where it's not all about her. I think having a kid is possibly the best thing that can happen to Mini, because it will actually really change her personality and her character. I think she is a lot more nurturing and any selfish incentives are thrown out of the picture when you're living a life for someone else."
Have you enjoyed getting to play a nicer version of Mini?
"I remember going to the read through for episode nine and I left going: 'Phew, you've got a lot to do. You're going to have to be crying a lot and being really vulnerable, how do you feel about that?'"
"It's always a challenge being given a storyline that's so dramatic and all over the place emotionally, because it means that you really do have to put yourself into so many different situations and you do feel emotionally drained after days and days of it.
"But it's great, I couldn't have asked for anything better and I've absolutely loved playing Mini. I loved playing her bitchy side and I love it when she's snivelling in a heap on the ground. It's all about realising how complex people are, there's no one size to everyone - which sounds so clichéd, but f**k it."
So why should viewers watch your episode?
"It's the penultimate episode, so it sort of leads up to the finale, but also Mini's pregnancy is the biggest secret that's been followed for the last four episodes and it finally begins to come to light, so there's huge amounts of conflict. And at the same time just because I'm pregnant, it doesn't mean I can't have some fun.
"It's got a really nice mix of things, it's got everything. And also you get to see me heavily pregnant, which is quite something."
Skins airs tonight (Monday, March 19) at 10pm on E4.