Emmerdale SPOILER: Joe Tate to return in surprise twist involving Debbie Dingle?

Debbie will soon be leaving the Dales - but where to?

Emmerdale viewers were positively gleeful earlier this year, when the ITV soap confirmed that fan favourite Joe Tate was alive and well.

After months of believing the hot businessman had been killed by a deadly combination of Cain Dingle and Graham Foster, we were told Joe had in fact escaped the murderous village and was on the run in Monte Carlo.

Joe Tate alive
Joe Tate is alive, hallelujah (Credit: ITV)

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Of course, soap fans haven’t stopped speculating ever since about the probability of Joe returning to the Dales.

And his comeback could well be coming up, with his former fiancée Debbie Dingle about to leave the village herself.

Actress Charley Webb is currently expecting her third child with co-star husband Matthew Wolfenden (who plays David Metcalfe) and has confirmed she’s already on maternity leave.

Some viewers have become convinced that her maternity leave will tie in with her being reunited with Joe and riding off into the sunset together.

Emmerdale Joe and Debbie kiss
Will they be love’s young dream again? (Credit: ITV)

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Writing on Twitter, one fan said: “Debbie will disappear to find him (and have her child in real life).”

Another added: “Joe Tate is only alive now as a plot device for Debbie to leave for a few months whilst the actress who plays her is on maternity leave.”

A third added: “Maybe this is how Charley will take her maternity when she goes to find Joe?”

Bring back Joe Tate,” said another. “I miss him loads. Let’s hope he’s in Scotland and Debbie finds him to bring him back home where he belongs.”

We know that Debbie is planning to start her own new life away from the Dales after the late Lisa Dingle left her and daughter Belle Dingle the deeds to a garage in Scotland – leaving Cain more than a little miffed that his daughter had been left the garage rather than him.

After attempting to ‘steal’ the garage from her, relations between father and daughter have been left frosty and Debbie confided in her auntie Chas that she’s planning to leave the village in secret to escape Cain’s controlling clutches.

Will Debbie ask Graham to put her in contact with former fiancé Joe? It certainly makes sense!

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