Hunter waves goodbye to Summer Bay.

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Hunter King arrived in Summer Bay back in 2015, the estranged son of Zac MacGuire. 

He was a troubled teen, angsty and brooding, hostile towards everybody. Under the surface though, Hunter just wanted a family who loved him. He found his place, but now he's leaving Summer Bay behind.

Actor Scott Lee has fond memories of his character. “Hunter has been emotional at times,” he told New Idea. “He can be a bit of a hothead, but I think that’s just part of him being a teenager,” the 26-year-old joked.  

Hunter was very unpopular among the Summer Bay residents at first, and his arrival put a strain on Zac and Leah’s relationship. When they rejected him, he set fire to their house out of jealousy. 

Hunter’s mother, Charlotte King, had a shadowy past which eventually caught up with her. Hunter was kidnapped when Charlotte was a victim of blackmail, waking up drugged and disorientated in the bush. 

At the end of 2015, Charlotte was found shot dead on the beach, and Hunter was named as a suspect. It became clear that he wasn’t the murderer, but Hunter was left shocked and alone in his grief. 

Eventually Zac and Leah took Hunter in, and he began to accept them as his second family. The Summer Bay residents came around to him as well, and by the time he left Hunter was a well-liked and respected member of the community. 

Last year, it was revealed that Zac wasn’t actually Hunter’s biological father, however their relationship remained solid. Hunter’s search for his real father proved disappointing. When he tracked him down, the pair had very little in common, and they abandoned their attempts to bond with one another. 

Hunter with onscreen girlfriend, Olivia

Hunter’s on-off relationship with Olivia-Fraser Richards was turbulent at times, but she was his rock. He was ready to spend his life with her, and planned an elaborate proposal.  However, soon after he learned that Olivia had been unfaithful, and he couldn’t forgive her.

Hunter helped Olivia build her fashion business, which led her to a design career in Melbourne. Despite mending their friendship and parting on good terms, her recent departure left him a little lost. 

After dropping out of university following a scandal with his tutor, Hunter made the snap decision to leave the Bay and join Zac in Vietnam. Leah was against the idea, thinking Hunter was running away from his problems, but he couldn’t be swayed. 

Leah apologised in her final moments with Hunter. "It was an honour to watch you grow up into the man you are today. I’m just going to miss you so much,” she told him through her tears.  

“I don’t even know how to tell you how much I appreciate everything you’ve done,” Hunter responded. “You’ve been so kind to me. I sorted myself out, mostly thanks to you.”

Hunter arrived in the Bay as a troubled boy, and leaves as an independent, thoughtful man. 

As for Scott Lee, he’s bound for Hollywood in the footsteps of fellow Home and Away alumni. He has plans to make a home for himself over there, alongside former onscreen bestie Matt Little (VJ Paterson). 

“I still pinch myself every day that I had this awesome opportunity,” Lee says. “If I do have any nerves, they’re excited ones.” 

Let's take a quick look at some of Hunter's biggest moments in the Bay. He'll be missed!

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