Millionaire businessman Joe Tate (played by Ned Porteous) has gradually made a place for himself on Emmerdale after his introduction last year.
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Initially pretending to be a mysterious character called Tom Waterhouse on the ITV soap, he struck up a relationship with local mechanic Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb) with the secret intention of destroying her entire family.
Joe had harboured a grudge against her mother Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) ever since his father Chris Tate’s (Peter Amoury) tragic death as a child.
But the latest developments have seen Joe fight to develop a bond with his younger half-brother Noah Dingle and struggle with his true feelings for the blonde mother-of-two.
Now many fans predict the attractive charmer will actually convince the stubborn Debbie to get back together with him.
In a new poll it was revealed a whopping 49 per cent of viewers’ voting believed they would see the pair rekindling their relationship.
The latest instalment has already seen a spark hinting this will be the case, particularly after Debbie gallantly saved her ex from a quarry death.
As their feelings intensified, the duo later shared a tentative kiss.
But is it a fleeting glimpse of what there could be as Debbie is unable to forgive the manipulative character for all he has done?
Or is it the start of something new between them?
Meanwhile, other fans are still waiting for the ITV soap to reveal exactly how Joe was involved in Liv Flaherty’s (Isobel Steele) court mess.
While the character made it all but clear he’d meddled with Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) and Robert Sugden’s (Ryan Hawley) lawyer, there are still those around him completely in the dark to the extent of his evil.
What’s more, Joe and Robert’s feud is still yet to be resolved, so maybe the Home Farm owner will return to unfinished business instead.
Actor Ned recently weighed in on his character’s problematic intentions.
“Obviously it’s been a very dramatic time in Joe’s life,” he shared. “Waking up in hospital to Debbie having saved him, probably, from whatever damage could have been.
“Coming round in the hospital, [he’s] realising that all his feelings for Debbie have been cemented true. He also needs to believe that Debbie feels the same way for him.”
The star continued: “He manages to steal a kiss but obviously she’s not in the best of head spaces right now and I don’t think he even knows where it’s going to go.
“I know what he wants, obviously he wants to be with Debbie, he does love her! But does he believe that she loves him back? We’ll have to wait and see…” Ned added to OK! Online.
In true Emmerdale fashion, there are no happy endings for long, so what’s next for the pair?