Emmerdale Spoilers: It was the episode Emmerdale fans, especially the ‘Robroners’, had been waiting for when Aaron Dingle finally decided to give Robert Sugden another chance, putting Robron back together again. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the couple walked home hand-in-hand after being apart for over nine months.
As their ‘wedding anniversary’ dawned, it looked like Robron would never reunite as, after a charged moment between Aaron Dingle and Robert Sugden on Valentine’s Day, Aaron asked his new fella to move in with him and sister Liv Flaherty.
Devastated Robert decided it was time to let go and set about finding himself someone to mend his broken heart during a night out with his very own ‘squad’ of sister Victoria Barton, Kerry Wyatt, Priya Kotecha, Bernice Blackstock and his new bestie Vanessa Woodfield.
Who would have guessed that the thought of Robert finding himself a new man would be all it took to spur Aaron into action, heading to the club and dumping his boyfriend in the process. It looked like he was too late though as Robert left with the cute Irish guy from the bar – but it seems Robert was no more ready to move on that Aaron and they found themselves in the garage when they’d made their wedding vows.
Surely nothing could stop Robron reuniting now – until Robert got cold feet and did a runner. But Aaron wasn’t going to lose his fella for a second time and made chase, giving an impassioned speech about all Robert had done for him and how he wanted to do the same back.
Robron fans wept, gifs were made, and the Youtube videos got more hits than ever before. Written by Maxine Alderton, directed by Duncan Foster, it was a dream of an episode and a love letter to fans who had felt the split as much as the characters.
So what next? Actors Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden) and Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle) spoke to the press at a recent media event to talk about the reunion and what will come next for the pair.
Robron are back together at last, that must be a relief?
Ryan: I think we will see a lot of relief from the fans. But we’ve enjoyed a lot of the stuff that we’ve done and since we’ve been here – it’s nice to get back to working with him every day.
How will Liv feel about them getting back together?
Isobel Steele (Liv): I don’t think it’s going to be easy for Liv to feel the same way about Robert which she did before the cheating storyline, because it takes a while for her to open up to people, especially people she’s not related to. I think she knows more than anything it’s for Aaron. It’s not about those two, it’s more about Aaron and what’s best for the both of him. I think they must get over that and move on and forget about the past.
Is Chas supportive?
Danny: Yeah, she’s fine with it. She’s got her own stuff going on with Paddy and I think she realises life’s too short and just says she’s fine with it. We get the mother’s approval early doors.
Will you be watching for a fan reaction?
Danny: I’m expecting my Twitter feed to calm down and for everyone to stop asking ‘when are you going to get back together?’ I think there will be lots of love hearts. It is a nice episode and I think people can get back to where they were before with it. I think it said before in the script that Aaron is trying to get past the whole Seb thing and if anything, try to be there for Robert and the baby.
Are they both in a better place to make it work?
Ryan: I guess you could say yeah, the failure of their previous attempts has seen them learn things about themselves and they’re more mature now and willing to make sacrifices they wouldn’t have done before anything happened. I guess we’ll see. It is soap, anything can happen.
What does the future hold?
Danny: I think this is it for them. I think all the high drama stuff is done. And I think a different side of them is shown, this is the happier side of life. They’ve got Liv there, they’ve got Seb to look after as well, and there’s every reason why they should.
Ryan: The failure of their previous attempts has seen them learn things about themselves and they’re more mature now and willing to make sacrifices they wouldn’t have done before anything happened. I guess we’ll see. It is soap, anything can happen. It is a complete family that they’ve got of their own. Robert, Aaron, Liv, Seb and even Gerry is in there – it’s a nice little unit they’ve got. It’ll be good to see them stick together.
Danny: We’ve been promised there’s no more tears!
What’s it like working with the baby?
Ryan: The baby is an absolute pleasure. A natural. She’s an angel.
Danny: She’s a happy baby. She’s always smiling and there’s never a fuss.
Are you still amazed by the level of support you get?
Danny: Yeah, and especially after everything. They’ve stood by it, and they love it. And that’s hopefully what we’re going to do, reward them with a Robron episode.
Ryan: The fact that they’d write an episode like that, it shows how important it is to us as well as to the show, that people are that passionate about these characters and it is an incredible thing to have and we’re both very grateful for it. And we obviously want these episodes to be as good as those people are expecting. So I just hope that people are pleased and enjoy it. One thing that is just odd though is those pictures. Man, the drawings! I look like Michael Myers in some of them, with the Halloween mask!