Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Emmerdale has responded to the speculation that Robert Sugden could be set to make a return to the soap after the soap began to revisit the character’s exit storyline.
Fans will remember that, back in 2019, Robert (Ryan Hawley) was sentenced to prison for his part in Lee Posner’s death, but earlier this month Lee’s brother Luke Posner (Max Parker) revealed he was involved in an upsetting altercation with his brother on the same day that Robert attacked Lee with a shovel.
The revelation encouraged Luke and Lee’s mother Wendy (Susan Cookson) to ask lawyer Ethan (Emile John) to look into whether Luke’s admission could help free Robert, something which angered her son in the soap’s latest episode.
But while the storyline has got fans talking about Robert potentially making a return to the Dales, it seems we shouldn’t expect Robert to come back to the village anytime soon.
An Emmerdale spokesperson told Digital Spy: “There are no current plans for the character of Robert to return.”
Of course you can never say never in Soapland and, considering Robert was initially sentenced to 14 years in prison, it seems like this storyline could at least be setting up a reduced sentence for the fan-favourite character in case the soap changes its mind further down the line.
The character of Robert Sugden was initially written out of the soap after actor Ryan Hawley chose to leave Emmerdale.
Recently, Hawley’s former co-star Isobel Steele, who plays Liv Flaherty, spoke about how much she misses him on set.
“[Danny Miller and I] do miss Ryan a lot,” Isobel told Digital Spy. “We were really close when we filmed together. When you’re filming every day, you become really good friends.
“We do miss that dynamic and I know that the fans do as well. Hopefully they convince him to come back! He’s just had a baby, so I don’t know how soon he’d be coming back, so fingers crossed.”
Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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