Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Emmerdale seems to have revealed the next big bad in the series, Meena Jutla taking sinister steps in her mission to reunite Manpreet Sharma and Charles Anderson.
Meena spent months trying to convince her sister that she should end things with her husband Rishi and reconcile with her ex-fiance Charles, though Manpreet has repeatedly refused to listen to her advice.
With Charles now in the early stages of a relationship with Andrea Tate, another hurdle now stands in the way of Meena’s twinning mission – and that’s where Thursday night’s startling scenes came in.
While Charles and Andrea planned to go camping together, Meena intervened to mess things up by luring Andrea’s new pet dog, Princess, into the car and locking her inside.
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The sun was ruthlessly beating down on the vehicle, creating an unbearable temperature for the poor princess. Luckily, the cute pooch was rescued when David Metcalfe found her in trouble in the vehicle, but she was in poor condition with signs of heatstroke and needed emergency vet attention.
Meena won when Charles and Andrea were forced to cancel their trip due to the shocking events of the day.
The identity of the culprit was initially unclear until we saw that Meena was in possession of Princess’s favorite toy, which she had used to lure the animal into the car.
While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Meena cut the deadlock, her shocking actions now raise the question of how far she’ll go to achieve her own ends.
Meena already crossed a line a few weeks ago when she impersonated Ethan’s long-lost mother in sneaky texts, which was another convoluted way of bringing Manpreet back to the Andersons.
The nurse’s last plan was on a whole new level, however, with Princess luck being alive. The RSPCA website warns of the serious dangers of leaving dogs in cars in hot weather – even when it’s 22 degrees outside, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 47 degrees within one hour.
Another big question is why Meena is doing all of this – but the answers are coming sooner than you might think.
We already know that Meena’s plans all revolve heavily around her relentless desire to see Manpreet and Charles again.
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Currently, it’s unclear why Meena is so obsessed with seeing Manpreet with the “right” man – but Friday night’s episode will offer a glimpse as part of her past is revealed.
When Meena chats with unlikely confidante Diane Sugden at the beauty salon, she first shares details of her story, which viewers are currently unaware of.
Further down the line, Emmerdale bosses also said Meena needs to watch the summer.
Meena is currently in a relationship with David, but her desire to go further with him will be compromised when her son Jacob returns.
Jacob’s presence ruins Meena’s plan to move in with David, which once again raises the question of how far Meena will go to get what she wants.
Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks recently said Digital spy and other media: “Meena rocked the village and manipulated people’s affection. She is a woman who will do anything or everything to get what she wants.
“This is the start of a gripping and gripping story that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats and screaming on TV as they struggle to keep up with Meena’s momentum and volatile ways.
“It’s a story that we hope will get the nation talking and guess what Meena is going to do next. “
Emmerdale airs weekday evenings at 7 p.m. on ITV, with an additional episode at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
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