Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.
Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Emmerdale star Mark Womack has admitted that DI Malone needs to get his comeuppance.
Malone has been causing trouble for several characters in the village over the past few months, with Will Taylor, Cain Dingle and Billy Fletcher top of his target list.
Emmerdale bosses are now hinting at a possible death story for Malone, as next week's episodes feature another attempt to bring him down.
When Malone terrorises Will's daughter Dawn at Woodbine Cottage, someone steps in to rescue her. Before long, viewers will see Malone's body sprawled out onto the floor.
The show isn't revealing whether this is the end for Malone's character, but in a recent chat with Digital Spy and other media, Mark admitted that his alter ego needs to face the consequences of his actions.
He explained: "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."
Next week's big scenes see Malone try to take revenge against Dawn after she reports him to the police for corruption.
Malone visits Dawn at home and confronts her with heroin and a syringe, using her troubled history with drugs to his advantage. In a disturbing moment, Malone tries to tempt Dawn to take her own life by overdosing.
Speaking about Malone's plans, Mark explained: "Dawn's testimony is going to cause a lot of trouble, which is why Malone is so angry. I think it's messed up not only his plans, but also he knows it's going to be investigated.
"The endgame is now the same to Malone – whether Dawn dies, or whether she gets arrested. Either way, he gets her out of the way.
"Malone is a narcissist and a psychopath and goes to whatever lengths to get what he wants. I think he is going to play out the situation and take it as far as killing her if he has to."
Emmerdale airs these scenes on Monday, August 17 at 7pm on ITV.
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