'Emmerdale' shares first look at HORROR maze that will leave main character dead

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Meena will be at the centre of Emmerdale's gripping week of stunts. (Image credit: ITV)

Emmerdale fans are in for a huge treat as the soap prepares to air some of the biggest and most gripping stunts the show has ever seen. 

Soap fans will know that October often spells huge storylines for their favourite shows, often involving high-octane stunts that pave the way for Christmas storylines, and this year Emmerdale's big week will, of course, see village killer Meena Jutla take centre stage. 

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Victoria is number one on Meena's hit list.  (Image credit: ITV)

Emmerdale has promised fans will be left on the edge of their seats as they air fast-paced episodes which have been filmed across several locations and involving multiple spectacular stunts.

At the heart of the drama, fueled by her jealousy over David and Victoria's bond, is malevolent Meena, whose cold-blooded attempts to have everything her own way will cast a dark and foreboding shadow on the village.

Emmerdale maze for stunt week

The specially made maize maze will take centre stage in the huge week of 'Emmerdale' storylines.  (Image credit: ITV)

As the new trailer for the big week in Emmerdale reveals, it is a terrifying Halloween maze that will be central to all the drama in the soap's epic week of episodes. 

But as some of our most beloved characters head into the maze, not everyone will make it out alive.

The incredible custom made maize maze was created and grown under the guidance of designer Duncan Howell and Head of Design Gillian Slight. The maze which was grown outside the Emmerdale village in Leeds took five months to grow.

Two exact replicas were made with both covering a staggering 100 metres by 100 metres each. The paths were then plotted with a GPS and had to be cut to absolute accuracy before the maize reached 10 inches.

Then left to grow, the maize eventually reached a height of roughly three metres.

Emmerdale maze for stunt week

'Emmerdale' has two matching mazes made especially for this big storyline.  (Image credit: ITV)

Producer Kate Brooks says: 'We wanted something that was unique to the Emmerdale landscape that also packed a dramatic punch.

"The idea of a maize maze really captured our imagination as we felt that it would provide the perfect backdrop for the high-octane drama to unfold. Duncan Howell and his team have done an amazing job of bringing the maze to life."

Emmerdale maze for stunt week

Who will make it out of the maze alive?  (Image credit: ITV)

Speaking of October's huge storylines Kate also added: "This is Emmerdale at its most ambitious as we take viewers on an exhilarating journey through a series of show-stopping stunts.

"As the twists and turns come thick and fast, viewers will be left on the edge of their seats, and with Meena at the heart of the story it means only one thing; not all our villagers will survive. 

"Daring and audacious; this is Emmerdale like you've never seen before."

No one is safe… who will make it out alive, and who will meet their grizzly end?

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.