There wasn't a great deal of sympathy from Emmerdale viewers as it emerged groomer Maya had been attacked last week.
But there were fears that her betrayed boyfriend David may have been behind it, as his whereabouts when it happened weren’t accounted for.
And he didn’t seem remotely bothered when he returned to the village to discover that she’d been hospitalised.
However, next week it will transpire that the assault was carried out by a random woman, who had assumingly recognised Maya from the local paper report about her scandalous affair with a teenage boy.
Fans are hoping that it might be a familiar face behind it though… Jacob's aunt, Alicia.
I sincerely hope it was Alicia who attacked Maya. Would love to see her back.
One noted on Twitter: "It would be good if it turned out it was Alicia who did it in a shock return."
A second said: "It would be cool if they did a big twist, right now its pointing to David that attacked Maya but it would be good if it turned out it was Alicia who did it in a shock return."
Another agreed: "I sincerely hope it was Alicia who attacked Maya. Would love to see her back."
A further fan posted: "I still think Alicia attacked Maya."
Alicia is living in Portugal… where Jacob claimed he was recently, while he was secretly holed up with Maya after the truth of their relationship came out.
And it was mentioned on screen that she hadn’t been told about the grooming.
But it’s entirely possible that she learned about it from someone else in the village… plenty of people are now aware of what was going on.
So has she slipped back into the country to exact her own kind of justice? We hope so!
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