THE search for Craig Reed's murderer continues next week after the entrepreneur was found dead on the Home Farm estate.
Overwhelmed, Lydia Dingle decides to move out of her family home in Emmerdale. Is her marriage headed for the rocks?
Fan favourite Lydia Dingle (played by Karen Blick) was raped by Craig Reed in tear-jerking scenes.
After weeks of silence, the beloved cleaner finally opened up to her employer and pal Kim Tate before turning to her family and telling them what she had gone through.
Devastated, her husband Sam Dingle (James Hooton) turned to his brother Cain (Jeff Hordley), and viewers suggested a murderous revenge was on the way.
ITV viewers were proven right when, as mentioned above, Craig was found dead by Billy Fletcher on the Home Farm estate, where Lydia works as a cleaner.
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Convinced this was the work of somebody close to her, Lydia played detective by gathering her family members round in The Woolpack.
Meanwhile, the authorities took charge of the case and, in scenes airing next week, police interview continue as they try to get to the bottom of things.
While they have yet to find the culprit for Craig's death, Lydia makes a jaw-dropping decision and leaves the family home.
Sam is shell-shocked by her announcement, fearing he may have lost her for good.
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Soon enough, Kim Tate (Claire King) steps in and offers Lydia to move into Home Farm.
Seeing his father heartbroken, Samson (Sam Hall) is adamant on trying to fix things.
But can anything really be done?
Fans of the Yorkshire-based program became convinced Lydia's marriage was in trouble following her rape ordeal.
Another theory about Lydia's marriage emerged on social media, particularly Reddit – could she be pregnant with Craig's baby?
Emmerdale boss Laura Shaw recently teased tragedy ahead for one beloved family in the eponymous village ahead of the New Year as one resident is set to be thrown behind bars.
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"We have got tragedy striking one family in the New Year", Laura said.
"We have one or two of our villagers getting into very serious trouble."
But will it be to pay for Craig's murder?
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Emmerdale airs weeknights from 7.30pm on ITV.
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