Emmerdale fans were left in shock on Thursday’s explosive hour-long episode as Meena Jutla was finally found guilty as she dropped one final victim bombshell.
However, the ITV soap’s producer, Kate Brooks, has now revealed that there was an alternate ending for the village murderer.
Speaking to press about whether they ever contemplated the idea of letting Meena get away with her crimes, Kate said: “Yes, she has given us so much storyline recently that of course there is always that temptation to let her get away with it.
“Both Paige and Rebecca touched on it earlier, but a person who is capable of such heinous crimes and has no remorse can’t stay long in the village; they can’t continue on that path because there is nowhere else for her to go.
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“We knew that we needed to draw a line under it, not just for the viewers but for our characters who are left, they need justice and need for Meena to be punished for her crimes.
“If they don’t get the closure then there is no way to move them on as characters, so we knew that we had to let Meena’s fate rest in the hands of the soap Gods; and so I hope people will be very satisfied with what she gets.”
Only recently, Meena was left furious to discover that the jury had found her guilty for the murders of Ben Tucker, Andrea Tate and Leanna Cavanagh.
Meanwhile Carol Butler, whose sister Nadine was murdered by Meena years ago, sought justice for her sibling as she decided to get revenge by stabbing the nurse.
After pretending to have collapsed, Meena then took Manpreet hostage where she attempted to escape and revealed that she had killed their father.
It ended with the police officers catching Meena as they dragged her back into the courtroom and she screamed: “No, this is not how it ends!”
And now the hit ITV soap has teased next week’s episodes where Meena is sentenced after she was found guilty of three murders.
In the dramatic clip, it sees Meena pace around in her prison cell while the camera then sees other characters Liam Cavanagh and Manpreet Sharma look concerned.
The judge says in a voiceover: “Andrea Tate, Leanna Cavanagh and Ben Tucker… they simply had the misfortune to get in your way. You killed each of them in the most unexpected and frightful way.
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“The murder of Leanna Cavanagh, the murder of Andrea Tate, the murder of Ben Tucker… I must now sentence you for those murders.”
It ends with a furious Meena, who is wearing a bandage after being stabbed last week, looking angry as she stares at the courtroom.
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