Marlon Dingle, a fan favourite on Emmerdale, hasn’t been himself in recent episodes of the ITV soap, but could it be due to a hidden illness? In a shocking twist, he could be given a bleak prognosis.
Marlon (Mark Charnock) is furious because The Woolpack burned down on Christmas Day, putting his and his family’s finances in jeopardy. He has directed his rage at both Al Champan (Michael Wildman) and Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley), believing that their feud on Emmerdale is to blame for his misfortune. However, during Friday night’s episode of the ITV soap, the chef began acting out of character, leading viewers to believe he was about to be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
When the Dingle cousin discovered Cain’s efforts to assist with the sale of the pub had resulted in the deal with developers falling through, he was furious.
Although neither Marlon nor Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) wanted to sell their business, they believed that selling to the developers Al worked for was the only way they could benefit.
Their insurance company refused to pay for the fire, putting them in a position where they had no choice but to make a deal with the devil.
Because Cain had ruined their last chance to get some cash, Marlon flew off the handle and went to the farm to confront his cousin.
“What the hell do you think you’re playing at?” the father of two yelled, to which the bad boy of the village replied: “I was trying to help sort out the mess that you and Chas had got yourselves in.”
“Sticking your nose has made things worse,” Marlon told him in no uncertain terms as his face got redder and redder, with his voice increasing in volume.
Cain tried to make his cousin calm down as he told the father of two: “You’ll give yourself a thrombosis…it can’t be that bad.”
“It’s worse than bad you idiot. It’s left us brassic,” the chef continued, adding: “You’ve ruined any chance we had of getting back on our feet, not a second’s thought for your own sister or me.”
Finally fighting back over the barrage of hate he was getting, Cain said: “And there was me thinking you’d step up with Al out of the equation.”
Angrier than ever, Marlon declared: “It’s always about you, isn’t it? You and your stupid feud with stupid Al. What happened to family comes first, Cain?”
“The insurance is void, Cain. There’s no cash anywhere – he’s left us with nothing. What do we do? Put it up for auction?” Marlon remarked.
“What will we get for that, Cain? A tenner? I can’t raise my kids on that. I can’t pay my mortgage on that,” he continued as he didn’t calm down whatsoever.
On Twitter, viewers reflected on Cain’s thrombosis remark and agreed that the chef could be making himself very sick.
“Easy Marlon you’ll give yourself a heart attack if you don’t calm down my boy #Emmerdale,” said Zombie 404, a fan of the show.
“Oooh was that Marlon yelling I didn’t notice,” Sistah wrote on the social media platform. “He went a bit red didn’t he #emmerdale.”
“I’m actually worried for Marlon after this scene. What the actual f**k? Angriest I’ve seen Marlon ever,” Conran shared, again supporting the theory the chef could be given a heartbreaking diagnosis.
Thrombosis occurs when blood clots block the veins or arteries leading to the heart, resulting in a variety of complications.
According to the John’s Hospice Medicine website, this can range from numbness on one side of the body to heart attacks or strokes.
Although Marlon had severed ties with the village’s bad boy by the end of the episode, his financial worries could exacerbate the symptoms of thrombosis.
As he tries to find a way out of his predicament, the father of two may suffer a heart attack and be rushed to the hospital.
With the help of medical professionals, he could be diagnosed with thrombosis and put on beta-blockers to try to restore his heart’s normal rhythm.
They could issue a dire warning that if he continues to stress, he will die young due to the toll it will take on his health.
While some viewers were concerned about Marlon’s safety, others enjoyed seeing a more fiery side to the usually bland character.
On Twitter, Jules wrote: “Who’d have guessed Marlon would lash out at Cain like that back in the day? Cain, when he was younger, would have beaten him up.”
“”The actor who plays Marlon knows how to play a dramatic scene #emmerdale,” Jamal wrote, adding, “When can we see Marlon transform into the Incredible Hulk?” #Emmerdale, he’s enraged enough.”
Mark, the actor who plays Marlon, appears to have no plans to leave the show anytime soon, as he appears to be enjoying all of the drama his character is involved in.
The soap star said: “I never, ever, ever look beyond a contract. I’ve doubled over in laughter for about 10 years. My back’s beginning to ache with all the fun I’ve had.
“It’s true that I’m fortunate. I play a character who gets a lot of comedy and also gets some great drama every now and then.
“As a result, the show satisfies my artistic thirst.” I, on the other hand, never plan beyond the next contract. It’s a bit arrogant.
“I never assume I’ll stay,” he said in an interview with Digital Spy, “but if they offer me another contract, that’s great.”
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