Emmerdale fans are keen to see Sarah Sugden’s dad return to the village as the ill teen’s heart transplant drama continues.
Although long-running character Andy went on the run two years ago after being framed for the shooting of Lawrence White by his grandson Lachlan, viewers are desperate for father and daughter to be reunited as Sarah’s life continues to hang in the balance.
Sarah recently left her mum Debbie Dingle devastated after deciding she would not go through with the lifesaving op.
She had apparently had second thoughts about undergoing the surgery she so desperately needs after thoughtless comments made by her great-grandmother Faith Dingle.
But after Debbie’s bust up with Faith over the remarks, 13-year-old Sarah has thankfully changed her mind again.
Now fans believe Sarah could do with some support from other family members after so much unnecessary upset from the Dingle side.
And that’s where Andy comes in – even if he is in hiding from the courts.
Several viewers responded to a throwback image of Andy and Debbie posted on the Emmerdale Twitter account, calling for him to come back for his child to ensure she has the support of two prominent families in the soap.
We need Andy back to support sarah at this difficult time !
— Paula riley (@Paulari15098723) August 15, 2018
I think Andy should return, a child would ask for their Dad.
— 🌟Tracy 🌟 (@TracyPinnock) August 15, 2018
We need Andy to come back @emmerdale
— maddie (@1madwoman1962) August 13, 2018
I love Sarah and Debbie’s relationship so much. It’s good to see Sarah Sugden Jr getting lots of scenes. I just hope Andy Sugden comes home soon so we can see her with her dad and the Sugdens too. Sarah’s part of two huge Emmerdale families.
— Claudiaxxx (@BiAsHopexxx) August 15, 2018
However, actor Kelvin Fletcher who played Andy has been cool on the possibility of a comeback.
“Andy wasn’t killed off, so technically I could return,” he told Soaplife magazine.
Kelvin continued: “But I genuinely haven’t given it much thought. The two years since I left have flown by and, in many respects, my leaving still feels very fresh.”
Not that his words would bother one fan, who tweeted that the character could be recast for the storyline!
Absolutely. No need to bring back Kelvin Fletcher…just an Andy Sugden will do. Other soaps have done it, ie how many Ben Mitchells have we seen?
— BajanShaye (@bajanshaye) August 14, 2018
Sadly, it seems like there may not be enough time to bed in a new actor with the Emmerdale audience if Debbie star Charley Webb’s social media hints are anything to go by.
The 30-year-old posted a worrying image on her Instagram account yesterday that suggested further distressing scenes may be to come for her family.
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Bearing in mind Emmerdale is believed to filmed a couple of months in advance, would any possible Andy return be too late?
— Courtenay Crawford (@CourtenaySUFC) August 15, 2018
— Liv Flaherty Livesy (@LivLivesy_x) August 14, 2018
– Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays