It has been devastating to see Karen Blick’s outstanding performance as Lydia from Emmerdale carry the weight of her rape tragedy alone. But eventually, we’ll observe her beginning to lean toward accepting assistance.
Being unable to face her devoted husband Sam (James Hooton) in the eyes while Lydia is being coerced by rapist Craig (Ben Addis) and having to watch her stepson Samson (Sam Hall) get closer to her assailant has been terrifying. She has been forced to pause during this calm time to cry by herself because no one else is around to console her.
But happily, Kim Tate (Claire King), who may be able to save her, might be able to.
Craig has intensified his attempts to control Lydia, taking advantage of her fear of losing Sam and manipulating events while pursuing her at every opportunity. When she was at her wits’ end, she openly accused him of being a rapist, but this just served to embolden his campaign against her to defend himself, leading him to visit Home Farm in an effort to torment her even more.
He’s still not finished, and it’s obvious that Lydia calling him a rapist has upset him. When he has the chance to share his “version” of the events with Samson, he sees a chance to further damage her. Samson falls for this bait wholeheartedly, coming to the conclusion that Craig and his stepmother are having an affair.
Craig knows Samson is an easy target, and he fell right into the trap, starting a terrible chain of events.
Samson is upset as he converses loudly on the phone with Cathy (Gabrielle Dowling) over something Mandy overhears. Mandy challenges him to provide more details, which furthers her conviction that Lydia is having an affair. The ease with which Mandy and Samson abandoned one of their own is terrible.
Mandy goes directly to Lydia and shares her discoveries, which makes Lydia feel thoroughly betrayed and more alone than ever. Mandy refuses to believe her when she attempts to convince her that this is not the case. Terrified, Lydia runs away.
Even though everything seems terrible, this might be the tipping point. When Lydia is seen sobbing by Kim, she eventually cracks and tells the truth. While comforting her and gently informing her that she must tell Sam, Kim is stunned. Kim is now Lydia’s ally because she was always aware of Craig’s shady dealings.
Will Kim be able to finally secure her the assistance she requires? Or even better, will she attack smug-looking Craig like Kim Tate?
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