One of Emmerdale ‘s biggest secrets is set to explode early in 2019 when Debbie Dingle discovers the truth about the disappearance of Joe Tate, and that her dad Cain Dingle believes he down him.
Joe was set to marry Debbie back in October but fled the village when stepgrandmother Kim Tate threatened to down him for double crossing her over the family fortune. Deb thought she had been jilted at the altar, unaware Graham Foster had tipped off his employer to disappear – or diie.
At the last minute, brave Joe decided to face cruel Kim and came back to tie the knot with Debbie, only for Cain to confront him for hurting his daughter before he could explain himself and deliver a punch that saw the Tate tycoon fall to the ground and hit his head on a rock.
Graham declared him deaed at the scene and ordered Cain to scarper while he disposed of the body, but viewers saw Joe was still alive when he was bundled into the boot of Mr Foster’s car.
It remains ambiguous as to what Joe’s ultimate fate was, but Graham has continued to let tormented Cain into thinking he killed him, when it’s more likely Joe’s manservant finished the job.