Karl (played by Alan Fletcher) and Susan (Jackie Woodburne) have faced more problems than any marriage ever would, with secrets and lies, affairs and secret children pushing them to the brink of divorce on Neighbours. As one of the show’s most beloved couples, writers have always ensured they came back together in the end and in recent years, they seem to have been stronger than ever on the Channel 5 soap. However, Karl could be making an exit from the show after almost three decades as he will get himself into a spot of bother which could end his relationship.
Following recent developments on Ramsay Street, the actor who plays Karl, Alan, has spoken out about his character’s impending plot in a new interview.
His wife has had her hands full at the hospital while he has been focussing on aiding Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) with his many ailments and welcome new colleague Freya Wozniak (Phoebe Roberts).
Susan has been attempting to figure out who is behind all of the fires that are allegedly being set by her friend Jane Harris (Annie Jones).
They’ve also been assisting Paul and Terese Willis (Rebekah Elmaloglou) with the dissolution of their marriage, but they may soon want assistance with their own relationship.
With only a few months until the programme is set to finish, Alan has predicted that his alter-ego will make a “huge mistake.”
“Susan has realised that Karl is a very damaged individual who she cannot alter, therefore she must accept and learn to appreciate his shortcomings,” Alan added.
“Although this is a bit of a spoiler notice, Karl is about to make another huge, huge, huge mistake.”
“And it’s not an affair,” he hinted, implying that if Susan and his character decide to separate for good, it could be for a different reason.
What he might get up to is unknown, but given that he is one of Ramsay Street’s most nosy characters, it wouldn’t take him long to get himself into trouble.
Unfortunately, while he believes it is a simple misunderstanding, his wife may see it as an opportunity for her husband to expose his true colours.
She may file for divorce if she can no longer bear the pain, and if her husband begs her to give him another chance, she may tell him he has just run out of them.
The doctor could acknowledge defeat, seeing no way back for their marriage, but he knew it would be too difficult to see his wife about Ramsay Street.
As a result, after joining the show in 1994, he could say his goodbyes to Erinsborough and retire on his own, bringing his voyage to a close.
Viewers would be left wondering what happened to the beloved figure and if Susan and him ever met off-screen.
It would be a devastating finish to the show, but it would be a fitting tribute to everything the couple has been through over the previous 28 years.
“I think we get amazing stories,” Alan said during an interview with Studio 10 in Australia about the couple’s love affair.
“Which is the cornerstone to any good drama and any good relationship, but you also need to get along with the people you’re working with.”
“Jackie and I have been great friends for a long time, and it’s because of how we work together.” She basically tells me what to do in everything I do, and I try to tell her what she should do in everything she does.
He went on to say, “We do it without ego, and it’s just a very cooperative and joyful relationship.”
The actor also talked about how it feels like the show is coming to an end this summer, with Channel 5 declining to renew a deal that would allow the show to air in the UK.
In response to speculations that the show could be picked up by another British broadcaster, Alan commented, “It’s really up and down a little bit.”
“You kind of anticipate these things to happen,” he added.
“As an actor, you have to steel yourself because you’re on a one-year contract and you have to think to yourself, ‘Ok, the programme might end at any time for me.’
“I consider the hundreds of people who will no longer be employed.”
“And, most importantly, the fans, because Neighbours isn’t like Squid Game, where you watch one season and think, ‘Oh, they should do another season,'” says the producer.
“Neighbours is a part of people’s life, and I’m sorry that it’s coming to an end,” he concluded, alluding to his character’s story’s conclusion.
More than 50,000 fans have signed a petition to keep the show on the air, according to the latest developments.
It is close to reaching 60,000 members, but it is unclear whether this will be enough to save the programme.
The original theme song for the show shot to the top of the iTunes rankings earlier this month, but it fell short of becoming the number one song.
Neighbours airs on Channel 5 weekdays at 1:45 p.m. and 6 p.m.