Cain Dingle attacked during PTSD Flashback!
Emmerdale’s Cain Dingle will be brutally attacked by a gang when he confronts them for the torment they caused his stepson Matty Barton as he has a flashback to when he believes he killed Joe Tate.
After hearing what Issac and his laddish mates put Matty Barton (Ash Palmisciano) through on New Years Even, Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) goes to serve some of his own type of justice on the bullies. However, when he grabs the ringleader, he freezes as he has a flashback to when he hit Joe Tate (Ned Porteous) which Cain believes was the cause of his death.
Actor Jeff Hordley explains: “It all stems from what happened with Joe, thinking he killed him. It has really affected him, and he feels he’s ruined his daughter’s life and it weighs heavy on him, thinking he’s killed someone. Moira (Natalie J Robb) has been a rock for him. What happens to Matty, he wants to help out.
“Instinctively, as Cain would, he goes to find Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins), after watching Matty with Moira in the park getting all emotional describing what has happened. Cain finds Vic and says ‘you must have a picture of this guy on social media, you went to school with him,’ and finds out which is his local pub, confronts him and as he pulls the trigger/goes to punch him, he can’t because he’s taken back to what he did to Joe.
“It totally throws him, he reels, backtracks and says just stay away. But this guy sees a chink in Cain’s armour, gets his pals and they surround him and kick the s**t out of him.
“He’s traumatised by Joe, maybe its PTSD. He can’t do anything about it. At first he says to Isaac ‘do you really want to do this?’ then thinks again and says ‘think of this as your lucky day’ and opens the car door.
But the door then shuts and the next thing Cain knows he is being dragged along this car park. It’s horrific. Battered and bruised, they jump on him like animals. He’s a beanbag!”
The next day Cain falls through the farm door bloody, beaten and broken. He’s in a bad way. Moira is very concerned as she comforts Cain who says he feels emasculated. Meanwhile, Victoria has encouraged Matty to report Isaac and his friends to the police. An anxious Cain tells Moira they can’t go to the police as he doesn’t think he’ll be able to handle the questioning, and may reveal what he did to Joe. They are both shocked when Matty arrives and tells them he’s told the police, unbeknownst of the secret. PC Swirling soon arrives but will Cain evade suspicion?
“I enjoy exploring new avenues for the character,” adds Jeff. “He’s been emasculated before (when Cain was attacked in the Judgement Day storyline by has father Zak) but this particular time with it being Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb), she is the one constant in his life. He feels like he could lose her forever. There’s a lot going on. He doesn’t feel like himself any more…”
Will Cain crumble under the pressure and reveal all or can Moira put him back together and keep the secret? Stay tuned to Emmerdale to find out.
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