Marcus Dean, a newcomer to EMMERDALE, has a sinister connection to the village through his father Pierce Harris, but as the ITV soap is rocked by a death, it appears that some secrets from the past will change the future for several residents.
When Marcus (Darcy Grey) arrives next week, he’ll send shockwaves through Emmerdale, as Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) tracks him down after receiving a letter from a dying Pierce (Jonathan Wrather). The beloved ITV soap character is dispatched on a mission to persuade the newcomer to visit his father before he dies, as the villain appears to want to share something with his child. It’s unclear whether the father and son will meet in time, but Marcus could be deeply disturbed by what he hears if he learns more about Pierce’s past.
Darcy, the new cast member who plays Marcus, spoke to Express.co.uk and other media outlets about his character’s reaction to Pierce’s death.
“I think the way he processes it is bad timing,” Darcy explained. Pierce is most likely locked away in a small corner of his mind, and he’s forgotten about him except for the occasional flashbacks.
“And then, eventually, this rather significant piece of news arrives, which has shifted things.”
“It opens up the possibility for [questions] like, ‘Well, I wonder if after all of these years, I can finally say it to him face-to-face.’
“‘Maybe I can get some form of closure’. There’s hope that is sort of opening for him and then his eventual demise if like, ‘Ok. So all of that was for nothing and I can’t do any of this’.
If Marcus and Rhona never met, there could be another letter addressed to Marcus from his father given to Rhona.
Marcus may not be able to vent his rage at this father for abandoning the family so long ago, but he may discover he isn’t the only child.
When the villain walked away from the family home, he could have taken his son’s twin with him, and neither of them would remember the trauma because they were so young when they were torn apart.
Pierce’s ex-wife would have been heartbroken at the loss of her son, but she could have kept it a secret so Marcus would never know what his father did.
This could start a whole new storyline if the newcomer asks Rhona to assist him in finding his twin brother so they can finally meet.
Marcus could be elated at the prospect of learning he wasn’t an only child, but enraged at his father for keeping him and his twin apart as he tries to make sense of his past.
It would be difficult for Rhona because she would have two reminders of her villainous and abusive ex-husband.
The village vet could see a physical resemblance to Pierce in both of his sons, but it would be difficult for her to cope with seeing them around the Dales.
There was no way of tucking the twins away and forgetting about them now that Pandora’s box had been opened.
Rhona would become a hindrance to the two of them carving out a future as brothers, changing her own life in the process as a mother figure to them.
Marcus will have some knowledge of what his father did when he arrives in the village, as Darcy predicted, and it may be difficult for him to see Rhona.
According to the newcomer, “He had a hunch about what had happened, but it was only a hunch; he wouldn’t arrive in the village knowing everything that had happened.
“He has his own personal backstory in mind, as well as what he’s read in the newspapers.
“I believe he’s also in the village to find out and uncover a bit more of that truth,” he continued, but knowing Rhona’s trauma may make approaching the subject more difficult.
However, the heartthrob will have a plethora of questions for Pierce, as he will be curious about the man who has been so absent from his life.
Exploring some of Marcus’ backstory, Darcy explained: “He’s very interesting, I think, he’s also a bit of an outcast.
“He isn’t sure what his position is, and the interesting point at this point in the story is that it has abruptly shifted what he thought was a peaceful life.”
“He’s got a job, he knows where his mother lives, and he thought he knew where he was, but then this piece of information about his father comes through, and it’s just shifted things and put him back in this precarious situation.”
“I believe he’s an outcast because of his father’s constant pressure.”
“He left when he was so young, so he never had that clear path that a lot of people have, and now that he’s come to the village, it’s kind of an open book as to where Marcus’ next stage of life will go, so that’s why I think it’s such an exciting point in his life.”
Jane Hudson, the show’s executive producer, has spoken out about the newcomer, teasing that he and his connection to Pierce will bring a lot of drama.
“When we meet Marcus, we have no idea who he is, but then we find out he is Pierce’s son,” the show’s producer told Express.co.uk and other media. Pierce has written to Rhona, requesting assistance in locating his son, whom she was unaware of.
“Pierce hasn’t seen Marcus since he was a child because he was abusive to his mother.” Rhona makes the mistake of not telling Marlon about this young man who appears on her doorstep.
Marcus’ presence irritates Vanessa. We’ll have to see if Marcus is a relic of Pierce’s past or the polar opposite.”
But, as the villagers get to know Marcus, will he and his possible twin be welcomed, or will they remain outcasts forever?
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