As fans of Emmerdale will know, most of the Barton family’s troubles can be traced back to Moira Barton’s affair with Cain Dingle, and in forthcoming episodes, an increasingly angry Adam Thomas “loses it” with Cain (Jeff Hordley) and nearly kills him.
However, Adam Thomas, who of course plays Adam Barton, has told Soaplife that when his character loses control and sets the garage on fire, trapping Cain inside, he soon realizes that he could have killed Cain, when all he wanted was to scare him.
He explained, “Adam still blames Cain for everything. It’s driving Adam mad that his family seem to be softening towards Cain because he took Holly to hospital when she OD’d.
“Moira even buys Cain a drink! And Adam’s like, ‘Are you all forgetting what he’s done? How he screwed up our family?’
“Adam’s desperately trying to get his family to remember this and they don’t…”
And of the day when Adam ends up setting fire to the garage, Adam explained, “He doesn’t go looking for Cain. He goes to see Aaron at the garage and Cain’s there instead.
“Cain starts winding him up and Adam flips. He chucks a big fuel canister at Cain’s bad leg and it floors Cain, so Adam has the upper hand.
“He wants to scare Cain and he wants him to apologise for the hurt he’s put the Bartons through. He wants Cain to feel as bad as he does…
”So Adam starts trashing the garage. Petrol has leaked out of the canister and Adam starts waving a blowtorch around.
“But Cain taunts Adam, saying he’s just a little kid and would never dare set fire to the place. Adam just loses it and he does set the garage on fire.
“The fire takes hold so quickly that Adam panics and runs for it. He gets on his quad bike and drives off, but then he realises what he’s done and that Cain could die.
“This isn’t what he wants – he just wanted to frighten Cain, and he tries to get Cain out, but by now the flames are massive.”
Adam went on to reveal that by then, the only hope for either his character or Cain is that Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) will save them from the blaze.
He said, “Adam and Cain are stuck in the garage and Aaron sees the fire. He saves them both.”
And it seems that later, Cain is in a bad way, and Adam worries what the village bad lad will do by way of revenge, assuming he survives.
Adam added, “It’s constantly on Adam’s mind after the fire. But I think Aaron is going to help keep the police out of it.
“Adam was there for Aaron through the whole thing with Jackson. Now Aaron returns the favour – massively.”
We’ll get to see that drama play out in upcoming episodes.