Emmerdale has just launched an explosive new whodunit storyline by revealing that Emma Barton was murdered.
Emma appeared to take her own life last week when she fell from a viaduct, but the police have now discovered that the true explanation is much more sinister.
In tense scenes just broadcast in the first of Thursday's episodes, police disrupted Finn Barton's funeral day by breaking the bad news to Pete and Ross.
Apologising for the bad timing, a police detective told the Barton brothers: "There's been a few changes since the post-mortem. We no longer think she was on the viaduct alone. So I'm sure you both know what that means. We're now launching a murder investigation."
Digital Spy can now confirm that this marks the beginning of a major new Emmerdale storyline set to run over the next few weeks, inviting viewers to speculate over "Who Killed Emma?"
Speaking to Digital Spy and other media at a recent Emmerdale press event, show producer Iain MacLeod explained: "Now we've revealed Emma's death as a 'whodunit', there's lots of characters to point the finger at.
"Emma's trodden on so many people's toes in the village, that there's no shortage of potential suspects."
We already know that Ross Barton is hiding something about Emma's death, as he was near the viaduct at the time of the grisly incident and hasn't told anyone that he was there.
Others – such as Pete Barton, Cain Dingle, Adam Barton, Moira Dingle, Gabby Thomas and Faith Dingle – all have their own possible motives for wanting to get rid of Emma. Many of them have already been behaving suspiciously in recent episodes.
We also can't forget the mystery of Emma's missing suicide note – could one of the suspects have it? Could it have caused the killer to seek her out and get revenge?
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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