Home and Away spoilers: Can Ziggy and Dean solve things?

Home and Away viewers have been worried for the future of Dean and Ziggy – as Dean has shut himself off following his recent ordeal.

While patient with him, Ziggy is trying to resurge the spark between them, but is Dean ready?

Here, Sophie Dillman, who plays Ziggy, gives Metro.co.uk the lowdown of what’s ahead, how Ziggy feels about Dean and whether she has enjoyed playing the story.

Are you able to summarise where Ziggy and Dean are at as a couple in the run up to this week?

They still have a long road ahead, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel!

Is it fair to say Ziggy is frustrated?

Absolutely. She’s frustrated, anxious, scared, angry and happy all in one.

Do you think she can remain patient with Dean or could this eventually cause a rift between them?

We hope so, but it would be understandable if it did cause a rift as this would tough for anyone.

There is definite sexual tension between them – does this give Ziggy reassurance that Dean still fancies her?

Absolutely, but I also think it just reiterates how desperate they both are to be with eachother.

Things bubble over but Dean backs out again – how does Ziggy feel at this point?

She’s frustrated, sad, angry and deliciously desperate!

They eventually have a candid chat about wanting to restore the intimacy – can you tell us about those scenes?

They were actually really hard to do because (as Sophie) I know how I would have those conversations with Paddy but having those conversations as Ziggy and Dean is not the same and doing it with someone you’re so intimate with, surrounded by all these people on set was a really strange mind map we had to delve into. In the end they turned out really great and we had a lot of fun.

How does Ziggy try and help Dean over his fear of driving?

She goes to Logan and asks for advice. She tempts him and reassures him…they take it really slow.

Is she proud of the steps he has made and continues to make? The stairs are a milestone…

Absolutely, she is so proud of him and happy that he’s alive and in her life again. She’s immensely proud.

Is there an element of Dean trying to take too much on all at once what with driving and returning to the water?

Absolutely, but Dean wouldn’t do it any other way

Has it been interesting story to play out?

I’m a nurse by trade, so I’ve had to unlearn some things about the medical stuff to play this role and that’s been really interesting to do and I really enjoyed it.

Are you glad that Home and Away are realistically taking their time portraying the process of recovery rather than rushing a miraculous recovery?

Yes, I think it’s a really important story for people to see and for anyone who has experienced something like that or will experience something like that, its important to see the time it does take to recover.

Has it been interesting to get an insight into how Ziggy feels as the partner who is helping the injured party?

Definitely, I’ve never had that experience. It’s probably been the other way around; Paddy has had to look after me for a couple of surgeries for my endometriosis. It’s been a real eye-opener into how hard it is and how much work goes into it.

Do you think that this makes Ziggy and Dean stronger as a unit – if they can get through this, they can get through anything?

Absolutely, I think if any couple has to go through something like this and makes it through the other end, they should be immensely proud.

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