Emmerdale has been teasing us for months over whether Joe Tate is actually alive or dead, ever since he was attacked by Cain Dingle and later seen in Graham Foster’s car boot.
While Joe’s death was confirmed by actor Ned Porteous at the time, and a video title on the soap’s official YouTube account says he was fatally punched by Cain…
… it turns out they were all lying, as Kim’s PI showed her a photo of the mystery thief – and it was none other than Joe!
Digital Spy can confirm that there are no current plans for Joe to return to the show, but it’s safe to say that viewers were ecstatic to see Joe alive anyway:
Amongst all the joy, there were plenty of questions: Why Monte Carlo? Why hasn’t Joe given Debbie a like on Insta? What is UP with that haircut? Why is he staying away?
The reason why he’s not coming back anytime soon is simple, though: Ned has left the soap to pursue other opportunities. So we’re going to have to make do with the photograph for now.
Emmerdale continues tomorrow (March 19) at 7pm on ITV.
Digital Spy Soap Scoop video – hit play below for all the latest Emmerdale spoilers, as Kim Tate tries to seduce Cain, and Maya sparks a huge village row.