It’s going to be a tough road ahead for Emmerdale’s Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller), as police arrest him and charge him with murder in an upcoming episode.
The move comes after the gay youth was present and helped his boyfriend Jackson commit suicide, along with his mother Hazel (Pauline Quirke). However, after Hazel is released from police custody without charge, the police turn to Aaron, who administered the deadly drugs.
Emmerdale boss Stuart Blackburn, has admitted that there will be a “long journey” ahead for Aaron, as he has to cope with not only his bereavement, but also facing a trial for Jackson’s death.
Speaking on This Morning yesterday he added, “There will be a trial. It’s going to be a long, long journey for Aaron.
“We’re storylining now right up until October, November, and he’s still trying to come to terms with what he’s done.
“These are actions that he’s taken that he’s going to have a lot of remorse and regret about.
“And the real trial is among the village – people like Chas and Paddy who are having to step up to the mark and the after-effects of this. So there’s a long way to go.”
Speaking about the complaints which were made by viewers about the hard hitting storyline, Blackburn added:
“All I can say from my point of view is that it’s been brilliant. The one thing we knew we wanted was debate – and that’s what we’ve got.
“There have been some complaints and some people aren’t happy with the way we told it, and we understood that and appreciated it.
“But I think overall, it’s gone down incredibly well and we’re now sitting here having an adult debate about the issues it raised.
“I don’t want to go out to offend, and we tried at every level to be as sensitive as we possibly could – and I think we achieved that.”