ITV viewers are convinced evil Maya Stepney will return to Emmerdale for Christmas.
The paedophile was sentenced to a year in prison in June after her grooming of Jacob was exposed.
She had groomed and abused the under-aged schoolboy for months under the noses of his family and her bosses at the school.
But with courts only requiring criminals to serve half their sentences before release, Maya could soon be out.
And fans think she will return for Jacob at Christmas for an explosive storyline.
One said: "Anyone else think Maya will be on @emmerdale on Christmas day?"
A second said: "#Emmerdale Maya will be out in time for the Christmas special to announce she's pregnant. Just as Jacob and his dad reconcile. But whose baby is it? Duh duh duh duh duh... oh wait, wrong theme tune lol."
A third said: "They'll soon release Maya."
Others are horrified at the thought of Maya being back in the village, especially since Jacob has been shown to still carry a torch for her.
One tweeted: "I see we're back to Jacob being in denial about what happened with Maya again! Please can we put to rest any notion of Maya coming back pretty please?! #Emmerdale"
In June, Maya wasn't actually found guilty of any abuse of Jacob, despite viewers knowing the truth.
The judge and jury believed Maya's lies that she hadn't had sex with Jacob, but accused her of betraying her position at the school.
The judge declared: "You betrayed your employer, your partner and the young man at the centre of this who was 15-years-old when the sexual communication took place.
"So I'm in no doubt that the custody threshold has been met. I sentence you to 12 months immediate imprisonment." But she could be back within months?
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