Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks promises big shots ahead for residents, in the aftermath of killer Meena Jutla leaving ITV station
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Emmerdale villagers will face “major” consequences from killer Meena Jutla’s actions for a “long time” to come on ITV.
Soap producer Kate Brooks has revealed several characters that will appear in the plot in the aftermath of Meena’s break-out and imprisonment, as they struggle to move on from recent events.
Amid speculation about what Leyla is hiding, she and husband Liam Cavanagh will have a “big” new plot – while Jacob Gallagher and Manpreet Sharma both face “new directions”.
Speaking to The Mirror and other press, soap boss Kate has revealed what’s coming to those impacted by Meena, with several characters at the center.
She said: “This woman has devastated the village and destroyed people’s lives, Liam has lost his daughter, Manpreet… what hasn’t she been through in the last 12 months?
“So I think we were very conscious of not just tying it in a very neat bow and saying it’s okay, now that Meena is out of the village and out of the village, let’s move on.
“It wasn’t about what was going to happen or how we made it. There’s a big story on the table for Liam and Leyla, it’s a result of what went down with Leanna and everything, there’s a twist. major split for Charles and Manpreet.
Poor Manpreet long time after Meena left.
“Jacob, he finally found love again with Leanna after Maya, so the fact that Meena destroyed that and took that set him off in a new direction.
“So the ramifications will be felt for a long time, long after Meena leaves the village. Lots of really interesting stories.”
Kate also explains why they came to an end of full justice for Meena, and didn’t kill her as many viewers predicted would happen.
She told us, hoping fans will like the change: “I really do, I really hope so, we could have killed Meena but I like the way we punished her. and how weak she was when she left the show.”
“It suits her personality so well, we take away the one thing that Meena craves all over the world, which is attention and notoriety, so once you remove that from Meena, I don’t know. What does she have left?
“She very quickly realized that this was the worst fate imaginable, it was worse than death or anything else.”
Kate added: “They’ve waited quite a while to see this happen, with a serial killer story like this it can be pretty Marmite but in the end people love and hate Meena.”
The soapmaker also addressed whether there was a temptation to keep the character on the show, despite her many crimes.
She explained: “Oh yeah, the amount of stories Meena gave us was ridiculous, so of course there was always that temptation.
“Someone who is capable of committing such heinous crimes and shows no remorse for those crimes, they won’t be able to stay in the village for long.
“They couldn’t continue down that path because there was nowhere else to go. We knew that we had to give everyone a sense of fairness and not only the viewers but also our characters, the the rest because if they don’t get a sense of justice or feel that Meena has been commensurate with those crimes, there’s no way we can turn them into characters.
“Ultimately we have to leave Meena’s fate in the hands of the Soap Gods and they need to punish her proportionately and I think and hope the viewers will be pleased.”
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Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7:30pm on ITV, with an hour-long episode on Thursdays.
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