Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.
Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Emmerdale airs a big episode tonight (August 19) as DI Malone's fate is revealed.
Malone was hit over the head by Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) this week as she interrupted him terrorising Dawn Taylor.
In disturbing scenes, Malone had sought revenge against Dawn (Olivia Bromley) after she reported him to the police for corruption.
Knowing he was potentially in big trouble, Malone tried to remove Dawn from the equation by presenting her with heroin and encouraging her to take her own life by overdosing.
Just when it seemed like Dawn would use the drug in the face of Malone's twisted bullying, Harriet returned home and attacked her evil ex-lover with a kettle.
Wednesday's episode (August 19) picks up exactly where Monday's left off, as Harriet and Dawn are both in shock over what happened.
Over the course of the episode, Malone's fate is revealed and we find out whether he really is gone for good this time.
Emmerdale scriptwriter Sharon Marshall teased the episode on ITV's This Morning yesterday, promising high-stakes scenes for fans to enjoy.
She said: "Wednesday is an unmissable episode as we find out what has happened with the dodgy bent cop – and Dawn, who he was terrorising in the house there."
Mark Womack, who plays Malone, had previously called for the scheming villain to get his comeuppance.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other media recently, Mark said: "Whatever it is, I reckon there should be some kind of repercussion for Malone.
"Whenever you play a part, you have to find redeemable qualities in the character for yourself. It's been quite hard to find parts I like about Malone! But I do like his single-mindedness.
"There definitely needs to be a repercussion in there somewhere."
Emmerdale airs tonight at 7pm on ITV.
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