Marcus Dean, EMMERDALE’S newest heartthrob, has so far appeared to be the polar opposite of his villainous father Pierce Harris. However, as he settles into the village, he may reveal a darker side to his personality.
Marcus (Darcy Grey) has only appeared in a few Emmerdale episodes so far, after contacting Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) after learning that his father, Pierce (Jonathan Wrather), was dying. He’ll be back in the Dales by the following week, as it appears he’s found a love interest in Ethan Anderson (Emile John). However, as one serial killer, Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu), prepares to leave the ITV soap, another could be on the way, as it soon becomes clear that the newcomer may have a secret of his own.
Although viewers are unaware of the heartthrob’s mother, they are well aware of the darkness Pierce possessed during his time in the village.
He was not only abusive to his ex-wife Rhona, but he was also the one who kidnapped Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) and murdered Graham Foster (Andrew Scarborough).
The villain was imprisoned for his crimes and died behind bars after contracting an unknown illness that Rhona only learned about a few days before his death.
Since Marcus’ appearance on screen, it has been revealed that he was aware of his father’s abuse and had always tried to avoid any resemblance to him.
He didn’t get to see Pierce before he died, however, and this could have triggered anger in him, leading to him becoming a full-blooded killer.
Darcy, the actor who plays Marcus, has addressed whether his character is on track to become the show’s new villain in interviews with Express.co.uk and other media.
“I think we all don’t think we’re like our parents in real life,” the soap star said.
“Even though we’ve been empathetically close, there’s always been a separation between me and my father because I know him very well but I didn’t grow up with him, and so there’s always been a separation even though I’ve always thought, ‘I’m not really like him, I’m definitely like my mum.’
“However, as I get older, I’m noticing little things that make me think, ‘My dad reacts like that, my dad does that.’
“So I think Marcus likes to think he’s nothing like his father, but I think that instinctual thing comes out of him throughout the story, and that’s where we’ll see that he’s quite similar to his father at some point.”
Because Pierce lacked every ounce of likability in his body, the only similarity they could have is a mutual evil that Marcus inherited.
He has the potential to continue his father’s work, bringing down some of the show’s most beloved characters, such as Rhona and Vanessa.
These are two residents who managed to get away from Pierce while he was still alive, putting them at the top of Marcus’ hit list.
As he gets to know his neighbors better, he may realize there are a few more people he can silence during his reign of terror.
But, given the village’s ongoing grief over Meena’s countless victims, how long could he get away with murder?
Newcomer Darcy continued: “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 suddenly 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 unstable position.”
“I believe he’s an outcast because his father has always put pressure on him.” He left when he was still a child.
“So he’s 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’s next stage of life will go, which is why I think it’s such an exciting point in his life.”
Zoe, the actress who plays Rhona, has spoken out about how she thinks Darcy, her co-star, physically resembles Pierce.
“He is uncannily like Johnny Wrather,” she told Express.co.uk and other outlets. It’s truly remarkable!
“Darcy bears a striking resemblance to Johnny, which greatly aids in the telling of the story.
“So [Rhona] doesn’t want that constant reminder in the village.” She doesn’t want to enter the café and be confronted with that stark reminder of her past.
“She wants to help [Marcus] but it comes with its boundaries, I guess,” she added, so is this another hint Marcus will be like villain Pierce?
Fans of the show aren’t convinced that Marcus is a good person, as Katie wrote on Twitter: “I don’t like this Marcus one bit, something about him just doesn’t seem right #Emmerdale.”
“#Emmerdale this whole Marcus thing will turn out to be something ridiculously unbelievable,” Chris wrote on Twitter.
Ashley revealed: “Mmm, I’m not sure Marcus is all that he appears to be. There’s a new Meena on the way! @Emmerdale @ZoeHenry03 #emmerdale”
“#emmerdale Keep an eye on #Rhona, I’m not sure about this Marcus guy! I’m afraid it’ll be, like father, like son “Suz added her two cents.
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