'Emmerdale' fans horrified as show LEGEND makes hasty exit from the soap

The Woolpack pub in Emmerdale
A fan favourite make a hasty exit from 'Emmerdale' last night. (Image credit: ITV)

Last night's Emmerdale left fans surprised as iconic Kim Tate made a sudden departure from the village. 

Fans of the soap have seen Kim go through a lot recently, from trying to remain positive that her son, Jamie Tate, is still alive after his car plunged into a lake after veering off the road, to losing her granddaughter Millie when Andrea's mum came to take her away from the village. 

Little does Kim know, Jamie is alive and well, having faked his own death, meaning he and Millie are now reunited and living with Andrea's mother. 

But while Kim remains in the dark about her son's master plan, she has recently shown her more vulnerable side after falling for her groundsman, Will Taylor. 


Kim was surprised when Will stood up to her in last night's 'Emmerdale'.  (Image credit: ITV)

The pair have grown closer over recent months, with them finally making their romance official recently. It seemed like they were a match made in heaven, especially when Kim even promised to keep Will's secret that he buried corrupt police officer Malone's body on the grounds of Home Farm.

But despite the fact she has fallen for Will, Kim can't stop her gameplaying when it comes to business, and last night's episode saw Will overhear her blackmailing Chas and Paddy after they stole her racehorse.

Desperate to get Kim off their backs after she made Paddy drug her prize racehorse, the pair stole the horse to use as a bartering tool against the Home Farm queen. However, their plan fell flat when Kim outsmarted them... only for Will to overhear everything and talk Kim down.

Kim Tate and Will Taylor in Emmerdale

Kim told Will she needed to leave the village for a while.  (Image credit: ITV)

In a surprising twist, Kim actually listened to Will and backed down in the feud against Chas and Paddy... even making Al Chapman delete the video footage he was using against the pair. However, that doesn't mean she was ready to move forwards in her romance with Will.

Kim Tate and Will Taylor in Emmerdale

Will wasn't happy when he got to Home Farm and found Kim's bags packed.  (Image credit: ITV)

Will was horrified to get to Home Farm to find Kim's bags packed, only for her to admit she was leaving the village and might never return.

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The moment Kim's back was turned Bernice wasted no time in trying to get her claws into Will. The pair had a heart to heart after Will defended Bernice to Nate, who was fuming over Gabby upsetting Tracy earlier in the day. 

Bernice appeared to like the fact that Will came to her aid, and soon the wine was flowing and she was flirting. But, while Will made excuses about seeing to a loose roof tile and making a hasty exit, could there be a future between the pair now that Kim is out of the picture? 

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays - see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on ITV Hub now. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.