Emmerdale has offered fresh hope to "Coira" shippers by naming Moira as the love of Cain's life.
The ITV soap recently unveiled a surprising new romance for Cain as he managed to tempt village vicar Harriet Finch – and they continue to grow closer next week in the aftermath of Ashley Thomas's death.
However, speaking to Digital Spy at an Emmerdale press event, show producer Iain MacLeod dropped a big hint that he hasn't completely closed the door on Cain and Moira as a couple.
He said: "We have ongoing shenanigans for Cain and Harriet. Moira is the love of Cain's life, but there comes a point where you can only have the door shut in your face so many times before – especially when you're Cain – male pride dictates that you need to go and get laid!
"What starts as a sexy, fun, naughty affair where the angel is sleeping with the devil, does turn into something more serious in a way that questions Cain's feelings about what he wants from life and his romantic life. That's really big."
He continued: "Harriet has always been a really different kind of vicar. She used to be a police officer, she's a tough cookie and that comes into play a little bit. What's a Dingle doing not only dating a vicar but also a former copper? That does rear its head.
"Harriet probably will get into trouble with the diocese to comedy effect. There's some fun stuff coming up – a guy called Bishop Barry makes an appearance and Harriet gets her knuckles rapped!"
Iain also hinted at an interesting dynamic ahead between Harriet and troubled killer Emma Barton before she gets her comeuppance.
He said: "Emma's dead serious about her religion. She sees it as a way to absolve herself over what she did. I don't think she is playing with it – she totally means it, even if her interpretation of religion is sometimes a bit more Old Testament than Harriet's.
"We'll play with that a little bit, where Harriet is very much a modern vicar – as evidenced by her affair with Cain – and is kind of more New Testament with attitudes like 'turn the other cheek' and 'love thy neighbour', whereas Emma is a teeny weeny bit more Leviticus.
"That religious conversion that Emma has experienced is very earnest in her mind. She's not just using that to portray herself as a better person, she really buys that – but it will come to torture her in the end."
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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