Emmerdale's DI Malone isn't dead, Digital Spy readers have claimed.
The dodgy policeman's fate was left up in the air when his former lover Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) hit him over the head in an attempt to protect Dawn Taylor at the very end of the ITV soap's most recent episode (August 17).
Malone (Mark Womack) had spent the instalment terrorising Dawn (Olivia Bromley), after he discovered that she'd reported him for corruption.
As the disturbing scenes played out, Malone tried to convince Dawn to overdose on heroin, or else he'll keep bullying her for the rest of her days. Just when it looked like she was going to give in to him, Harriet appeared and whacked him with a kettle.
In the 24 hours after the episode aired, over 1000 Digital Spy readers voted on whether or not they thought Harriet had killed Malone, with 56% of the participants arguing that she probably hadn't.
Fortunately, they don't have very long to wait to discover whether their theories are correct either, as Emmerdale scriptwriter Sharon Marshall recently confirmed on This Morning that tonight's outing (August 19) will reveal what happened to the menacing big bad.
"Whatever it is, I reckon there should be some kind of repercussion for Malone," Womack added elsewhere.
"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 currently airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on ITV.
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