Were Mike and Jane really not meant to be together forever?
When it was revealed last week that Neighbours will return to our screens on Amazon Freevie late next Summer, soap fans received some incredible news.
While viewers are now speculating about which cast members, besides the big four we already know about, will be present when the show returns, concerns are being raised about what Jane Harris’ future may hold for Annie Jones.
In the show’s penultimate episode, Jane and Guy Pearce’s character Mike Young were reunited. In that episode, Mike revealed his plans to buy 24 Ramsay Street and move in with Jane and Sam.
It was the kind of happy ending that fans had long desired, but the return of the soap opera presents a challenge for Mike because the likelihood of Guy returning, particularly full-time, is low.
Guy has been speaking with The Project in Australia about the dilemma the authors are currently facing.
Guy laughed when the show ended and he was reminded of where Mike’s story ended, saying, “I’ve just unintentionally committed myself to another four years.” I’ll simply call my American agent and tell him to disregard the additional work.
Guy added (in a lighthearted manner, we hope!) that the events leading up to Mike’s return might have just been a dream and that the plot needs to be worked out.
Guy made a point of saying that anything would be preferable to his original 1989 departure, in which he low-key disappeared to Perth after four years on the show. However Mike is written out, we have to assume he probably won’t be back.
I’ve been waiting for some real closure for 37 years,” he admitted.
Only Ryan Moloney, Alan Fletcher, Jackie Woodburne, and Stefan Dennis have been confirmed to return to Ramsay Street in 2023.
The future of every other character, including Jane, is currently uncertain, and there is a good chance that many new ones will be introduced to give the show a new beginning.