A shocking new plot for David Tanaka has begun on Neighbours.
Following the disaster at River Bend, David elected not to treat a dying Gareth Bateman (Jack Pearson) on Friday’s episode of the Australian soap.
Following Freya Wozniak’s desperate attempts to seek him down, Neighbours’ latest episode eventually revealed the truth about Gareth after weeks of mystery.
Gareth said that he was never in danger from criminals or crooked cops after shooting Levi Canning (Richie Morris) and kidnapping Freya (Phoebe Roberts).
Gareth confessed to Freya that he was in collaboration with the gangsters, who have since guarded him.
Gareth remembered how he utilized his employment at the courts to assist the offenders by passing jury notes to their lawyers so that they could understand what the jurors were thinking and change their defense strategy accordingly.
Gareth went into hiding after someone at the courthouse became suspicious, and he cooked up a narrative about shady coppers so Freya wouldn’t delve too deeply.
Gareth had gatecrashed the River Bend excursion to assassinate Levi before he knew too much, continuing to obey orders.
After holding Freya at gunpoint and forcing her to drive away with him in the River Bend mini-bus, he appeared to be planning to do the same to her.
When Freya noticed Aaron Brennan (Matt Wilson) cowering in the rear of the truck, she hoped for rescue. He had plainly found himself in the wrong place at the wrong moment.
Aaron attempted to help Freya but was shortly discovered by Gareth, who brutally beat him and left him for dead.
Just as it appeared that Gareth couldn’t be stopped, an injured Levi arrived in the middle of the road. Gareth shot Levi in the arm yesterday, but he appears to have escaped major injury.
Freya swerved to avoid hitting Levi, smashing the car and sending Gareth flying through the windshield.
Meanwhile, David teamed up with Amy Greenwood (Jacinta Stapleton) to make a surprise appearance at River Bend, feeling guilty over recent rows with Aaron.
Amy had her own motives for attending, including the hope of reconciling with Ned Willis (Ben Hall).
David and Amy discovered Aaron unconscious in the road as they were approaching the hideaway. They opted to take him to the hospital themselves after contacting 911 and learning that an ambulance could take up to an hour to arrive.
When David and Amy got back in the car, they came across another frightening image when they discovered the crashed minibus and realized they’d have to stop.
With Gareth in severe condition, Amy and Levi agreed to drive Aaron to the hospital. Freya and David agreed to remain on the site to assist Gareth.
Freya informed David of previous occurrences while they were alone: “He was about to kill me.” I assumed he’d slain both Levi and Aaron.”
A disgusted David asked: “He did that to Aaron?”
Freya confirmed: “He just kept hitting him.”
David and Freya took a step back and decided not to treat Gareth after seeing that he was unlikely to survive his injuries anyway.
Gareth’s Erinsborough Hospital coworkers observed as he grew weaker and eventually died.
Takaya Honda, who plays David, recently hinted at this storyline by telling Digital Spy: “David finds Aaron and from that point, David’s life is about to change in a really big way.
“What that is, I can’t say! But questions will be raised from this point of ‘who is David’? I’m excited for the audience to discover that with David and go along with that ride.”
Neighbours’ story editor Shane Isheev also hinted at this storyline last year.
Writing on Twitter in September, Shane teased: “Just finished an epic day in the #Neighbours writers’ room, plotting a moment I think will go down as one of the show’s most shocking.”
Following up today, Shane added: “UK peeps… ‘THE MOMENT’ is nearly upon us. It’ll have ramifications right until the very end. Strap yourself in!”
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