Lachlan decides he needs to get rid of Liv and that decision unleashes a murderous chain of events, says Thomas Atkinsoné
Cross Lachlan White and the chances are you’ll be six foot under in no time at all. But somebody in Emmerdale isn’t aware of the danger they’re in as they send the murdering teen a string of threatening texts. ‘It’s playing with his head,’ Thomas Atkinson tells Soaplife. ‘He thinks it’s Liv Flaherty and, because she’s become such a problem, he wants to get rid of her. Then things get more complicated when Rebecca White jeopardises his plans!’ Are Liv and Rebecca about to die?
How does Lachlan feel about his growing body count?
He feels a bit guilty and he’s missing his mum, Chrissie White, and his grandad, Lawrence White. He doesn’t want to do these things. In his head, this is all for Belle Dingle. Deep down, he knows it’s wrong, but he’s quite good at convincing himself that what he’s doing is right.
Is he worried about getting caught?
He’s terrified of it, but he believes he can outwit people. He has to. He’s done all this so that he can be with Belle, and if he is found out, he’ll lose her.
Does Lachlan miss his pal Gerry Roberts, who he also murdered?
A little bit, but he’s got so much going on with other murders, and with Liv and the text stuff, that he isn’t thinking about Gerry too much at the minute.
Do you think Belle suspects anything?
Yes. She has noticed that Lachlan seems a bit distracted right now. But, basically, things between them are going very well. They really love each other.
Would Lachlan ever come clean to Belle about what he’s done?
No, because he doesn’t think she would understand. He’s struggling with it himself and he realises Belle couldn’t accept it.
So is Liv in danger right now?
Yes! Lachlan is getting these texts and he thinks they’re from Liv. He’s a complete wreck and he’s lost control. Liv’s become a problem, so he has to get rid of her. He’s quite psychopathic in that respect. He only thinks of himself and not the effect on others when he kills somebody.
How does he plan to kill her?
With carbon monoxide. He fiddles with the detector at Mill Cottage and he creates a leak. The next day, he heads over to see if it’s worked and he panics because he realises his nephew, Seb, is there, too.
What’s so special about Seb?
Lachlan, Rebecca and Seb are the last three remaining Whites. Seb’s the future of his family and he doesn’t want to kill him.
What happens when Rebecca shows up at Mill Cottage?
Lachlan pushes a bleary Liv over and both she and Robert Sugden are lying unconscious on the floor. He leaves them both for dead. But, just as he’s leaving, Rebecca shows up and she sees what’s happened. She demands they call an ambulance immediately. Suddenly, he has another problem to deal with...
Will Rebecca cop it?
Well, she ends up in the boot of Lachlan’s car, so she’s definitely in danger!