Spoilers: Shock split confirmed for popular Emmerdale couple

Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) and Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle) are set to part ways in Emmerdale, following recent events which saw the former murder DI Malone (Mark Womack).

Malone cornered Dawn in Monday’s episode (August 17), and ordered her to take her own life using the drugs he’d supplied her with.

Dawn refused to do so, which prompted the bent copper to threaten her with a gun.

As the young woman accepted her fate, Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) appeared out of nowhere, and clobbered the dodgy detective with a kettle.

The nightmare continued in Wednesday’s edition (August 18), however, as Malone regained consciousness and came at the pair with a candlestick, but Dawn retaliated by taking a hold of the copper’s firearm and shooting him dead.

Dawn struggled to come to terms with what had transpired, and she will no doubt continue to do so as she and Harriet attempt to cover up the murder.

Speaking about what’s to come, actress Olivia Bromley — who portrays Dawn — said: ‘I don’t think Dawn will cope well at all. She struggles to keep on top of her emotions and be level headed at the best of times.

‘After everything she has worked for to get her life on track, such a dark secret weighing on her conscience could see her spiral into self destruction. She is prone to self loathing and rash decisions.

‘The storyline is such a dark one; it’s been great to have that challenge as an actor, even though it’s difficult to get into that headspace sometimes. 

‘But it’s self-defence rather than cold blooded murder. I’m obviously on Dawn’s side. I empathise with her and what she did.

‘Harriet and Dawn’s bond is strong – they need each other more than ever to get through this. But both of them react very differently to the horror of it. I think the fear and the guilt could begin to tear them apart.’

It’s not just that Dawn’s relationship with Harriet that will be tested moving forward, as her relationship with Billy comes to an end as a result of her actions.

Olivia said: ‘Billy is the love of Dawn’s life. But he has been in prison before, and she knows if he gets too close to her secret, he would be putting himself at risk.

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‘The more people who know about the murder, the more likely she is to face life in prison away from her little boy. It truly breaks her heart to break up with him, but she is doing it because she has no choice – it’s out of love, to protect them both.’

Emmerdale continues Monday 24 August at 7pm on ITV.

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