Its been one hell of a week in Emmerdale with Joe Tates shock death, Kims chaotic return to Home Farm and an explosive showdown between Ross Barton and acid attacker Simon. As the dust settles on the village, Debbie Dingle is languishing in prison, Faith is hiding the secret that she pushed Kim and Cain is in cahoots with Graham Foster to cover up a murder he believes he committed.
This has undoubtedly laid the groundwork for some seriously major drama down the line but theres much more besides that to look forward to if youre an Emmerdale fan. Heres what happens next in the most notorious village in the UK.
Kim Tate will be back – for revenge?
Kim has only been back for a day and already she has been launched from a balcony and then carted off back to prison – but she will be back with a vengeance! With matters at Home Farm to sort out and her reignited war with the Dingles, Kim will have some scores to settle.
Executive producer Jane Hudson said: Kim Tate is just getting warmed up for an explosive 2019 which will see her hell-bent on getting exactly what, and who, she wants.
Here comes James!
Part of that story is likely to see the arrival of James into the mix. With Kim having asked Graham to track down her estranged son, it would be far too much of a missed opportunity for Emmerdale not to cast him.
But what caused the relationship to break down between mother and son – and how will they fare when they come face to face after all this time?
Ross is finally looking to the future after finding some form of closure through the confession and subsequent arrest of Simon. With him turning his back on his drug habit and making a go of things with Rebecca, just what will take Ross out of the village for good?
Will he be set to have a happy ever after with Rebecca or could a cruel twist of fate ruin it all?
Will Cain discover the truth?
At the moment, Cain is of the belief that he killed Joe and Graham seems to be in no hurry to correct him. Fans know that Joe was still alive (although probably very barely) when Graham came to dispose of the body.
But Cain shouldnt trust shady Graham. Will he come clean to Moira about what has happened and together will they be watching Graham like a hawk? Or has Graham already planned a downfall for Cain?
Victoria on a mission
Ever since discovering that it was Moira, not Adam, who killed Emma, Victoria has been seething at the injustice of it all and begins determined to track down Adam – much to the discomfort of Aaron who is still in touch with his best mate.
However, when Victoria is duped by a rogue private detective, she ends up in a dangerous situation as Matty, Aaron and Robert race to the rescue. But will they be too late?
Jacob in danger from Maya?
Jacob is going to start developing stronger feelings for Maya after defending her against her acid tongued former stepdaughter Leanna. As Maya and David become closer, Jacobs crush deepens but could Maya be set to actually entertain his feelings?
Louisa Clein, who plays her, recently shared: There is a lot still to explore with this character. Maya hints later on down the line that she has slightly dysfunctional parents, or certainly a mother figure that is lacking, which has created more of a desire in Maya to be adored and needed. There are things in her past that have created the person she is now.
Bernices risk too far
Bernice cant resist Dr Cavanagh but as the affair continues behind the back of an oblivious Daz, the couple are set to take more and more risks. Bernice decides that she needs to put Daz out of his misery sooner rather than later.
But could the situation be taken out of her hands if he learns the truth himself?
A Christmas wedding
There are wedding bells this winter as one couple will seek to tie the knot over Christmas – but will the day be a joy or a disaster? Exec producer Jane wasnt giving much away. She told us: We have got a wedding at Christmas not going to tell you who but lets just say it will bring a different flavour to the village than youve had before.
Hmmm, place your bets!
Funeral heartbreak for Paddy and Chas
Fans have been aching for Paddy and Chas as they endured the grief of losing their newborn baby daughter Grace and there are more painful days ahead for the couple as the day of Graces funeral dawns.
Will they be able to hold it together and support one another through this devastating time?
Paddy and Marlons big discovery
At the moment, Paddy is going through a hell of an ordeal but he is set to go on a journey with his best friend Marlon later on down the line and it leads to a big shock.
Jane teased: We will be sending Paddy and Marlon off on a little adventure, next year around February time. One of them will make quite a big discovery…
Who gets engaged?
There are more wedding bells to come too, it seems! Jane continued: We have a proposal next year between two of our characters – itll be a very romantic proposal but Ill leave you to work out who thats between!
Surely thats got Charity and Vanessa written all over it? Is Vanessa set to make Charity an honest woman?
Dingles ripped apart
The Dingles have gone through a terrible year with Charitys devastating past being ripped open again, Debbie fearing that she will lose Sarah and Chas and Paddy saying goodbye to baby Grace – but there is more agony ahead for the clan.
Jane warned: We have got huge rifts coming up in the Dingle clan that will blow apart two of our most loved characters and who knows if they will ever get back to where they used to be?
Could Debbie be set to discover Cains involvement in Joes death?
Leylas past catches up with her
Leyla is home and just about getting past the initial conflict with a seething Tracy. But who is this Clive she seems enamoured with? And could she be heading for yet more heartbreak?
She contacts him to find out when he is coming to the village but why the reluctance? Is he hiding secrets from her?
International Womens Day episode
Jane revealed: Were doing something rather special on 8th March, International Womens Day. Now weve got two female producers and a female executive producer – it is the first time a soap has had an all female team. Now dont get me wrong, I love men, Im a big fan of men, Im frantically on Tinder and Bumble all the time so if anyones got any dating tips, let me know!
But we are going to have an episode that is produced by a female, directed by a female and written by a female. The entire cast will be female including all the background artists and we will have almost an entire female crew!