Emmerdale spoilers: Joe Tate return clue revealed as star drops HUGE bombshell?

When Joe (played by Ned Porteous) was apparently killed on Emmerdale last October fans went into meltdown over the loss, desperate for the millionaire businessman to return to the ITV soap.

Kim Tate’s (Claire King) return to the Yorkshire Dales lifted the lid on Graham Foster’s (Andrew Scarborough) enormous secret – Joe is still alive and simply hiding out in Montecarlo.

Now Graham star Andrew has dropped a major bombshell about the character’s future on the soap, hinting he will “never” return”.

Fans already know actor Ned – who also starred on EastEnders ahead of his stint up north – has moved to Los Angeles to focus on a career in Hollywood.

Even Sharon Marshall, soap expert on This Morning, has claimed Joe is not coming back to the ITV soap.

But fans were left puzzled over what seemed to be a “plot hole”, which saw Graham seemingly grieving for his godson and close confidante.

The recovering alcoholic quickly fell back off the wagon and seemed to spend weeks in completely turmoil over his part in Joe’s “death”.

Graham even had his own brush with death, becoming involved in a car accident as a result of Daz Spencer’s (Mark Jordon) irresponsible actions.

It was only when Megan Macey (Gaynor Faye) stepped in to get Graham back on the straight and narrow it seemed the ex-soldier was starting to move on.

Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV

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But now viewers know the character must have faked his devastation – or else there is another explanation.

Attempting to clarify Graham’s behaviour, star Andrew may have also accidentally revealed whether Joe will ever set foot back in the sleepy village.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Andrew said: “The reason why Graham was very upset when Joe seemingly died is because he knew then that he would never see Joe again.”

“I always knew Joe was still alive and was getting tired of being asked all the time, and being accused of murder!” the star exclaimed.

Was it simply a slip of the tongue or is Graham really “never” going to see Joe again?

The actor also went on to shed light on the scenes in the lead-up to Joe’s exit, which saw Graham carrying a gun.

Andrew shared the reason his character was carrying the suspicious firearm was simply out of fear super villain Kim was going to come after him.

“He let Joe go, but when you saw Graham with the gun it was to protect him so he could get away safely.

“But he reckoned if Kim returned she might hear on the grapevine Cain was up for murdering Joe to deflect attention from Graham,” the actor added.

Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.

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