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'Emmerdale' live episode death: The Contenders

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Emmerdale's live episode is now six hours away and, as anticipation builds, Digital Spy can't help but wonder who's being killed off.

From what we know for sure, the unlucky character will have "had it coming" when he meets his end at the climax of tonight's (October 17) hour-long 40th anniversary broadcast.

We can also be fairly sure that the mystery Emmerdale figure will be male, after cast member Chris Bisson let slip that viewers may miss "him".

Here, Soap Scoop presents its microscopic verdict on the contenders for tonight's axe:

Jeff Hordley as Cain Dingle in Emmerdale
Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley)
Emmerdale's village villain since the year 2000, this bad boy has a list of enemies as long as his right arm, including the Sharma family, the Pollards, the Kings and even his own devoted father Zak, who brutally attacked him last year - leaving him for dead. Will somebody please just finish him off?

Carl King (Tom Lister)
Emmerdale Carl King
Jealous Carl has blackmailed former fiancée Chas to the tune of £30,000, offering an indecent proposal as her only get-out clause. Finally showing his true colours last week, the devious businessman has also betrayed brother Jimmy and sister-in-law Nicola by suddenly evicting them from their home. With Chas now married, will he step up his scheme and corner his ex?

Cameron Murray (Dominic Power)
Dominic Power as Cameron Murray in Emmerdale
Cameron was a bit of a naughty boy when he embarked on an affair with Chas, his girlfriend Debbie's auntie. If his secret comes spilling out tonight, expect to see a very angry man in Debbie's dad Cain, especially if Carl goes ahead and publicly unveils the raunchy mobile phone footage as he's so often threatened. The possibility that Cameron won't turn up to support Debbie as she goes through labour also won't help matters. Expect fireworks, at least.

Alan Turner (Richard Thorp)
Richard Thorp as Alan Turner in Emmerdale
Roly poly Alan might be mellow now, but back in his day he was a ruthless businessman cut from the same cloth as Carl King. Could a past ghost come back to haunt him? Will he suffocate in Edna's hat? As Emmerdale's longest-running character, having joined way back in 1982, writers may have decided that now is a fitting moment to call time on his 30-year stay in Emmerdale. Veteran actor Thorp has himself acknowledged his lack of storylines, joking that he sees himself more as a "village memorial than an active character".

Ashley Thomas (John Middleton)
John Middleton as Ashley Thomas
Fans tuning in this week who haven't been following Emmerdale for a while might be shocked by this contender, vicar Ashley Thomas. Or should I say, ex-vicar. Ashley resigned from the local parish church earlier this year when it was discovered he had been abusing elderly father Sandy. Although he has since gone some way to redeeming his reputation, he is still living in a pit of self-despair after losing wife Laurel to Woolpack chef Marlon. Could tonight be the end for poor Ashley?

Chas Spencer (Lucy Pargeter)
Lucy Pargeter as Chas Dingle in Emmerdale
You could say that Chas has had it coming after sleeping with her niece's boyfriend and, heck, she's also given as good as she's got with her ex Carl by convincing him that she'll run away with him. However, one can't escape the fact that Chas isn't a man (unless there's another shock twist in the live episode). Surely not, you might say, but could the departing Stuart Blackburn and co be tricking us? Two years ago for Coronation Street's 50th, Phil Collinson threw out a red herring over the tram crash death toll - so it's been known to happen.

With the possibility of red herrings in mind, vote in our poll below to decide who you think will die in tonight's Emmerdale 40th anniversary live episode.

Who will Emmerdale kill off in tonight's live episode?
Cain Dingle4.21%
Carl King50.14%
Cameron Murray12.70%
Alan Turner8.28%
Ashley Thomas4.66%
Chas Spencer4.71%
Other15.30%

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