Emmerdale: Emma Barton on the brink of death in shock cliffhanger

Quoting scriptures and Kate Bush, what on earth is the troubled killer about to do?

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Is it all over for Emmerdale killer Emma Barton as she stands on the edge of a viaduct contemplating suicide?

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In yet another action-packed, emotionally-charged episode in Emmerdale’s epic week of shocks and surprises for the Barton clan, unstable nurse Emma reeled from the death of son Finn and left Moira Dingle’s snatched newborn son in the safety of the village church along with a letter explaining her actions and apologising for the destruction she’s caused, before leaving to presumably take her own life.

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Speaking to the ghost of her dead husband James, who told her what she was planning is a sin, fragile Emma maintained it was the only way to atone and that the good Lord would understand.

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As the episode ended she was walking to the edge of a very high viaduct before closing her eyes and reflecting how, if she only could, she’d “make a deal with God and get him to swap our places,” – yes, she was quoting Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’, which was played earlier on Emma’s car radio as she heard the devastating news she’d been responsible for killing Finn.

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Meanwhile, on hearing her baby had been snatched by Emma, a recovering Moira unwisely broke out of hospital and started loading a gun back at home, only to be stopped by a call from daughter-in-law Victoria Barton who revealed to her huge relief the kid had been found safe and sound by Harriet Finch at the church. Emotional Vic was also forced to tell a stunned Moira that Finn had died, and that the police had initially suspected her son Adam of shooting him…

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With Finn dead and Emma looking like she’s about to jump, how will this epic week end? Could there be more death? Will Emma have second thoughts about suicide? Is Moira’s health at risk since escaping hospital? Will the rest of the village discover Emma’s true colours? If Harriet finds the suicide note, will one of the Bartons try to stop Emma from ending it all? And what does the future hold for the beleaguered Barton clan beyond all this?

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Emmerdale below.

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