Emmerdale fans call for soap LEGEND to return to save Paddy

Paddy Kirk sits on a table with blurred people in the background in Emmerdale
Emmerdale fans deamanded for a beloved soap character to return to save Paddy Kirk. (Image credit: ITV)

Emmerdale fans want soap icon Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) to return to save his stepdad Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) after his mental health took a devastating turn and he left the village with the aim to take his own life.

Much-loved Paddy has been in turmoil following his wife Chas Dingle's (Lucy Pargeter) affair with Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) and his grief and isolation soon got too much to bare as he departed the village to try and end his suffering.

While unhappily living with Chas as they co-parented their daughter Eve, his mental health spiralled as he had to cope with the constant reminders of Chas' adultery, the grief of losing their daughter Grace and daily arguments between the broken couple.

In last night's heartbreaking Emmerdale episode (Thursday, March 2), Paddy had a heart-to-heart with his loved ones, who were clueless to the fact that he was actually saying his final goodbyes.

He also wrote a letter to Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) and Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) at the vets, before saying a tearful goodbye to his little girl Eve.

Emmerdale spoilers, Aaron Dingle, Paddy Kirk

Aaron Dingle has a close relationship with his stepdad Paddy. (Image credit: ITV)

As she slept, he said: "I love you more than anything and it still wouldn't be enough. I love you. I have to go away tomorrow. But eventually, you'll all see it's for the best for everyone."

He then penned a letter to his dad Bear Wolf (Joshua Richards) and took a bolt gun from the vet surgery.

After Bear discovered the letter, the panicked residents rushed around the village to search for a missing Paddy, with Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) hellbent on finding his best friend before the worst could happen. Will someone find Paddy before it is too late?

Fans are now begging for Chas' son Aaron to return to save Paddy as the pair always shared a close bond, with Aaron seeing Paddy as a father figure...

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Emmerdale continues tonight at 7:30pm on ITV1.

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides, recaps and features for must-watch shows and delivers all the latest soap news and reactions. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.

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