Emmerdale spoilers: Paddy’s loved ones fear the worst as he remains missing
In forthcoming Emmerdale episodes, Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) disappears after leaving the village on a task and failing to return, causing considerable anxiety for the Dingles.
Since Paddy and Chas (Lucy Pargeter) broke up, his mental health has gotten worse as the Dingle family has once more accepted cheating Chas.
As the main outlet for his sentiments, he clung to his walks with Vinny (Bradley Johnson). However, even Vinny lost patience with him when it appeared that he was wallowing in his agony by drawing comparisons between his suffering and Vinny’s sadness over Liv (Isobel Steele) passing.
One person Paddy could always turn to for a shoulder to cry on was ex-wife Mandy (Lisa Riley), but after a protracted heart-to-heart, the two ended up sleeping together. Perhaps the guilt of this is what has driven Paddy to the brink of insanity.
The family decides to organize a search party as soon as they become aware that he has vanished, but they are astonished when PC Swirling (Andy Moore) informs them that the missing vet has been sighted. They all assemble to view some CCTV footage, and sure enough, Paddy is seen there.
The police appear to have concluded that Paddy is not in danger based on this information, and they have reportedly scaled back their search. The Dingles are horrified, and Bear (Joshua Richards) rushes out to find his son out of fear for his safety.
Will Bear be able to track down Paddy and return him to the village without incident?
The dramatic sequences are a part of a plot that centers on Paddy’s severe despair and his eventual consideration of suicide.
Producer Laura Shaw of Emmerdale said, “We knew as soon as we started talking about this narrative that it was important for us to get it right and that we needed to open up the topic around male depression and suicide.”
Paddy is typically quite upbeat and always laughing, but it’s clear that recent events have truly taken their toll on him.
Paddy begins to feel increasingly alone, alienated, and overwhelmed by his sentiments while being well-liked and surrounded by a large number of friends and family members, which causes him to have some pretty dark ideas.
Every step of the way through this story, “We’ve worked really closely with Samaritans and Andy’s Man Club and their tremendous support and insight has helped us to transform Paddy’s journey into a truthful portrayal of what hundreds of men regrettably go through every year.”