EMMERDALE'S Kim Tate is back to her scheming best as she's met with an ultimatum on her return to Home Farm.
Kim left fans fearing the worst after her impromptu village exit last month, with Bernice Blackstock quickly moving into the sprawling pad to fill her shoes.
Kim, played by Claire King, left former drug dealer Will Taylor stunned when, during her farewell, she opened up on her fear of "ruining" their bond.
Yet on her return she is met by Will and Bernice talking openly about their feelings for one another.
Will, who was left jealous when he thought Bernice had been out with someone else, is then dealt with an ultimatum from her – Kim or Bernice.
Unbeknown to the pair Kim is lying waiting in the wings and can hear their every word.
She swiftly makes a phone call and begins to plot a "disposal" – but will it be Bernice or Will in the firing line?
On Christmas Day, with Bernice's demand in his head, Will visits Malone's grave with Kim.
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They find it fresh and dug up and he initially suspects Kim is up to one of her schemes.
Yet she frankly tells him she removed the corpse so Will doesn't feel tethered to him.
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Yet is she true to her word?
Last month, viewers were left stunned by Kim's decision to abandon Home Farm in the wake of all her losses.
She lost custody of her granddaughter Millie – and thinks her son Jamie is dead.
Fans have seen her lash out at others to cope with the pain – including blackmailing Paddy Kirk into doping her horse.
But she saved the biggest shock for Will when she told him she was leaving the village,
Opening up about her life when she first came to the village, Kim told Will that she’d never been able to escape her first husband Frank Tate’s assumptions about her.
“I thought I’d hit the jackpot – secretary to Lady of the Manor,” she said.
“But Frank only really just wanted me on his arm or in his bed. That’s all he thought I was worth.
“I keep making the same mistakes. Changing isn’t really in my nature. Maybe having to win means I always end up losing?
“I’m leaving before I ruin it. I need time to think. After the mess I’ve made of my life I need to work out if I can live with myself before I try and live with anyone else.
“Maybe we can talk when, if I get back?”
Will was devastated and fans were initially worried they’d lost the Kim they know and love.
One wrote: "Kim Tate will return soon and kill Bernice for stealing her man. #Emmerdale"
A second said: "No Chas…I think you'll find Kim Tate always holds the cards. #Emmerdale"
Another added: "Gutted to see evil Kim leave, but she'll be back. Nobody can bring Kim down. #Emmerdale."
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