As secrets and lies emerge, affecting the lives of some of the show’s most cherished characters, EMMERDALE villain Maya Stepney might be set to make a grand return to the town for the ITV soap’s 50th anniversary.
Maya (Louisa Clein) hasn’t been seen in Emmerdale village in over two years, following the revelation of her sexual abuse of Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant). A pregnancy that left her young victim and his father, David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden), perplexed as to whose child the villain had given birth to was the mother of one’s leaving gift, and she has only been on the ITV soap a few times since. However, as the show approaches its 50th anniversary, it appears that scriptwriters may be plotting her return in one of the show’s biggest twists yet.
Maya’s door had been left open, and numerous villains, like Pierce Harris (Jonathan Wrather) and Kim Tate, had previously been brought back (Claire King).
It would have been almost three years since she was last seen in the village by the time the soap’s anniversary week rolls around in October.
Her son Theo’s third birthday is coming up at the end of the year, and she’d like to reconnect with him after leaving him on David’s doorstep on Christmas Day last year.
Her homecoming would throw the Metcalfe-Gallagher household into disarray, as well as her ex-husband Liam Cavanagh (Johnny McPherson).
Making her presence known in the Dales, she could have a very specific reason for returning around the 50th anniversary, as her actions could have catastrophic ramifications.
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Executive producer Jane Hudson foreshadowed the drama to come from the historic episodes in interviews with Express.co.uk and other sites.
“It’s our 50th birthday coming up at the end of the year in October, and we’re going to have a golden month of celebrations to honor it,” the soap’s executive producer stated.
“There are going to be mind-blowing stunts, heartbreaking moments, secrets and falsehoods revealed.”
“It’ll truly be the present that keeps on giving, and it’ll be the party that no one wants to end.”
“So our 2022 is very much going to be building our stories for that 50th golden month of celebrations and so we need to make this our biggest year yet.”
“We’ve already got some wonderful stuff planned in the lead-up to that,” continued the executive producer, hinting at a big comeback.
“Some major events will occur [in our families], putting their fortitude as a partnership and as parents to the test.
“So there’s a lot to look forward to. It’s possible that some familiar faces will reappear. We don’t know for sure because we’re currently working on it.
“But I think there’s a lot coming up,” she continued, “and our focus right now is very much on letting’s truly enjoy Emmerdale reaching 50.”
This is a major tease, as a slew of characters are in the running to make a triumphant comeback to the program.
The promise of some of the show’s most beloved families, on the other hand, will be put to the test, especially when parents may be able to watch David in the thick of the drama.
This is because he may end up in a custody battle with Maya if she returns to reclaim the boy she abandoned two years ago.
David might face major legal problems if the mother-of-one claims he coerced her to give up her kid as a result of her abuse of Jacob.
As the battle for Theo intensifies, Maya may be willing to go to any length to reclaim her son, even if it means killing David.
Coming face to face with his abuser will also shake Jacob to his core, and an interesting dynamic could emerge as to whether he puts up a fight or not.
Will Maya revert to her old methods as she tries to persuade Jacob to join her in her struggle against David?
Will he be faithful to his father, who has aided him tremendously in his recuperation since Maya’s departure?
Jane has revealed a few more details about the show’s preparations for its 50th anniversary, including what she aims to accomplish.
“We slightly pulled back in our big ambitions when Covid was so prevalent in our lives because we didn’t know what we could achieve,” the executive producer explained.
“I think super soap week has really shown us what we can do and as brilliant as stunts are, we’ve got to have the stories to back up those stunts.”
“We want to build up those storylines so that when we come to our golden month of celebrations, we have mysteries fans are dying to know about,” Jane explained.
“At the core of everything, our show’s most beloved characters will be put to the ultimate test in some huge, dramatic stories.
“It’s critical for us that whatever happens at our 50th, the ramifications are significant, so you don’t think the party is over when it’s finished.
“This will continue and take us through to 2023,” the soap’s executive producer said, so would Maya’s plot have long-term ramifications?
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