As fans of Emmerdale will know, Cain Dingle, who is of course played by Jeff Hordley, is about to be beaten in a frenzied and vicious attack that will leave him fighting for his life…
However, while speaking to TV Choice magazine, Jeff reckons that there will be no sympathy from viewers for Cain, given all the trouble he’s caused in the village.
And high on the long list of possible suspects for the attack is John Barton, who’s played by James Thornton. He’s now especially likely to be the one behind the beating, given that James has announced he’s leaving the show early next year.
So maybe farmer John’s off to prison for a goodly long while!
But of course, there’s also the possibility that Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) is behind the attack, or even Cain’s dad Zak (Steve Halliwell) who’s growing ever more ashamed of his son.
Of all the possible suspects, Jeff said, “It’s quite a long list, isn’t it? People will probably think he has got what he deserves.
“I’d be surprised if many people will say, ‘Poor Cain!’ when they see him all bloody and beaten.”
However, Jeff went on to say that he’s tried to show a less harsh side to Cain since his return to the show in 2009.
Of that, he said, “Hopefully fans will have seen a change in him since he came back in 2009.
“He wasn’t entirely a reformed character, but he was much more a family man.
“And that was great for me, because it made him more human rather than being just a black-and-white villain.
“People will have seen how tender he can be with his daughter Debbie and granddaughter Sarah.
“Having said that, there has always been the potential for Cain to flip. He’s a psychiatrist’s dream!”
We’ll see Cain’s ‘Judgement Day’ beating next Thursday from 7pm on ITV1.