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Joe Tate is alive! Now THIS is what Emmerdale fans think will happen next

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Emmerdale fans have revealed what they think will happen next now we know Joe is alive...

Last night's Emmerdale saw the bombshell revelation that Joe Tate is actually alive and well and living in Monte Carlo - and fans are thrilled!

But while we have finally been given some answers after an agonising five-month wait to see if the fan theories that he wasnt really dead were true, it seems Emmerdale viewers are already guessing what might happen next.

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After all that - he's not really dead!

Once the initial shock that Cain Dingle hadn't killed Joe back in October last year had died down, fans started calling for Joe to return to Emmerdale and reunite with Debbie.

Lots of fans even want to pair to get married, just like they were supposed to last year...

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With actress Charley Webb, who plays Debbie Dingle, expecting her third child later this year, fans also through that Joe's return could handily tie in with her maternity leave...

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Emmerdale had fans on the edge of their seats as Kim Tate worked out that someone had been withdrawing money from an offshore account that she owned.

Knowing that right-hand man Graham was acting shiftily, Kim got a private detective to do some digging.

Not only did he come back with photos of Joe alive and well and living it up in Monte Carlo, but he also told Kim the name of his hotel and even his room number.

But thankfully Graham was one step ahead of Kim and he told her that he'd already moved Joe on and out of her reach.

Noah overhears a conversation between Kim and Graham in Emmerdale

Graham was one step ahead of Kim last night...

But how long will Joe manage to keep himself off of Kim's radar?

While Emmerdale has revealed there aren't any immediate plans to bring Joe back on screen yet... there is at least some hope that he could return one day.

Could fans be right and we'll see Debbie head off to find her former fiancé as Charley goes on maternity leave? Watch this space!

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

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Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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.