Emmerdale’s Aaron Dingle has been seen cutting himself with a knife at the climax of a tumultuous day that saw him face vindictive former prison enemy Jason.
Tonight’s hour-long episode saw Aaron ring his former cellmate Ethan to arrange a drugs deal, only for nemesis Jason to also turn up on his doorstep.
As Jason taunted Aaron and left him hanging as to whether he’d sell him the Spice he craved, a fight broke out, during which Aaron was held at knifepoint.
It was only thanks to the last-minute intervention of Cain that he escaped injury (or perhaps worse), but as Jason fled, Aaron was left with a quandary. Did he use the drugs that he’d now been left with?
Aaron was, of course, also feeling pressure in his relationship with Robert, who’d spent the day at a baby scan with a pregnant Rebecca, who is expecting his child.
In the end, Aaron’s conflicting emotions became too much and despite binning the Spice, he opted to cut his own torso, the slashes on his skin proof that this has been happening again for quite some time.
Speaking about Aaron’s state of mind, actor Danny Miller said recently: “Aaron doesn’t want to live that criminal life, so he gets rid of the Spice and goes back to self-harming because he thinks it’s a better way of dealing with the situation.
“It’s more secretive and it keeps his self loathing from people. It’s desperately sad, but it’s Aaron’s way of dealing with it. It’s a release for him. And he doesn’t want to go back to the drugs world.”
RadioTimes.com can reveal, though, that Robert will learn all about Aaron’s actions – a discovery that looks set to push #Robron to the brink.
So will they be able to work through their troubles or is Aaron going to end their relationship for good?
Added the actor: “There’s so much for them to overcome. Viewers will certainly be asking themselves: ‘is this the end of Robron?'”
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