Emmerdale promised at least one major character will be killed off during stunt week and they didn’t disappoint as the shock death was revealed in Thursday’s episode.
After Liv Flaherty, Jimmy King and Vinny Dingle were all touch and go at the hospital, it was ultimately villian Paul Ashdale who lost his life.
Viewers rushed to Twitter after the episode aired on ITV and shared their views on the surprise death.
One fan commented: “Goodbye Paul. @reece_dinsdale you have been amazing in Emmerdale, great scenes well done to everyone involved in this storyline #Emmerdale.”
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Another viewer wrote: “Nooooooooo now Mandy @reallisariley won’t find out about the brutal beatings Vinnie @Brad_J_J has been receiving & now Liv from Paul @reece_dinsdale rot in hell Pauuuullllll LOL, Brilliant episode though, Well Done @emmerdale!!!” [sic]
A third added: “Didn’t like him in #corrie so I’m glad they killed him of in this rip paul #Emmerdale.”
While a fourth penned: “@reece_dinsdale you’ve been amazing at making us love to hate Paul! Good luck in the future #emmerdale.”
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The cast filmed their biggest stunt since the Covid-19 pandemic began, with character Jimmy King plunging his van into Paul Ashdale and Mandy Dingle’s wedding venue.
The soap previously revealed of the stunt: “Jimmy King (Nick Miles) will lose control of his vehicle which then careers off the road at speed, ploughing into farming buildings.
“What follows are a series of explosive events which will eventually lead to the untimely death of at least one character.”
“In a week full of twists, turns and emotions, the Emmerdale production team have come up with ingenious and inventive ways of ensuring the audience will be left on the edge of their seats,” the ITV favourite divulged.
The soap, which halted filming after a crew member died, continued: “The vehicle stunt was filmed for real on the outskirts of the village where the programme is filmed in Leeds, and green screen filming techniques were also adopted to ensure the cast and crew were able to safely shoot the spectacular scenes.
“It’s Paul and Mandy’s wedding, and it looks as if disaster is about to strike.”