Emmerdale fans were over the moon when DS Jason Wise, played by Neil Roberts, made a surprise return to the show on Thursday night after three years. He first appeared on the ITV soap in 2016 and was last seen in the village in 2020.
DS Wise returned to investigate the murder of Craig Reed, chatting with Kim Tate as Craig's body was found on Home Farm land.
Fans took to Twitter to express their joy at seeing DS Wise again. One fan tweeted: "DS Wise! # emmerdale!", while another posted: "DS wise is back tonight on Emmerdale!"
Another viewer wrote: "V proud of @NeillyRoberts returning as DS Wise @emmerdale tonight to help solve #whokilledcraig #DSWise #emmerdale".
A different soap watcher added: "Good to see the lovely Detective back can we make him a regular?? #Emmerdale!"
The return of DS Wise coincided with the reveal of Craig's killer on Thursday night. In the latest episode, Lydia Dingle continued to question her family after her rapist Craig was found dead in a field. This week, in special episodes full of betrayal and secrets, the Dingle family are at the centre of the drama at a lock-in at the Woolpack as Lydia, who was raped by Craig, questions her family's whereabouts on the night of Craig's death.
In the latest episode, Sam Dingle confessed that he was the one who ended Craig's life after a fight in an old barn. He even offered to turn himself into the police. The Dingles were shocked by this and tried to help Sam create a fake story, but Cain looked suspicious, which didn't go unnoticed by his brother Caleb Milligan.
Meanwhile, at Home Farm where Craig's body was found, Kim helped the police with their investigation. She noticed her favourite horse was missing. In a flashback, viewers saw Kim finding a hurt Craig in her field while she was riding her horse.
Craig asked for help, but Kim, who is close to Lydia, didn't help him. When Kim tried to leave, Craig grabbed her horse's reins. This startled the horse and it kicked him, with Kim shouting: "What the hell do you think you're doing!"
Kim quickly rushed to Craig, turning him over to find he was barely conscious. Later, viewers saw Kim releasing her horse into the wild for safety, explaining why her horse had gone missing earlier in the episode.
But the surprises didn't end there – by the episode's close, another flashback revealed that Cain had been present when Craig was struck by the horse and in a tense moment, Cain stopped Kim from calling an ambulance, pleading with her to pretend nothing had happened.
The pair chose to leave Craig's motionless body in the field without touching it or seeking help. Cain then walked away and Kim rode off on her horse before setting it free.
Emmerdale is on every weekday at 7:30pm on ITV1 and ITVX, with an hour-long episode on Thursdays.
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