EMMERDALE star Lisa Riley has revealed Mandy Dingle was set to murder partner Paul Ashdale before his death.
The actress – who plays Mandy in the ITV soap – has won huge acclaim for her performance after Mandy discovered her dead partner Paul had been violently abusing their son Vinny for months.
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But Lisa revealed that an alternate ending was originally planned and scuppered by the pandemic – and hinted it would have been Mandy killing Paul.
“Reece always knew that Paul would die,” she said.
“He knew that they were going to play the story out and that Paul was going to become more and more evil.
“There was a different ending, which we’re going to play with. I think they’ve made the right choice. This ending was absolutely the right way to do it.
“This story was happening before COVID, but we just had a different ending for Paul’s death.”
Lisa added: “Mandy wondered why Paul didn’t want to fight for their son and was sceptical.
“But they were days away from their happy-ever-after, so she brushed it under the carpet.
“We saw her really sceptical, but it was too close to the wedding day.
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“If the accident hadn’t have happened, I believe we were days away from Paul being murdered by Mandy.
“If Mandy had ever found out about the battery and the bullying, she would have killed him, no two ways about it.
“That’s a line coming up. Mandy says if she would have known, she would have killed Paul.”