The bond between Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) and Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) is among the strongest in Emmerdale. However even the strongest relationships may be examined – notably in soaps and notably at Christmas – and Rhona and Marlon’s is about to be put below big strain.
At Christmas they’re joined by two surprising friends when Mary Goskirk (Louise Jameson) brings Rhona’s ex-husband, Gus Malcolms (Alan McKenna), and his child Ivy to stick with the household after she visits Gus and finds he isn’t coping.
Child Ivy’s mum Lucy died shortly after giving beginning to the little woman – who was conceived utilizing an embryo that Gus and Rhona had frozen after they have been married. So biologically the newborn is a part of Rhona.
Zoe Henry reminded us that Marlon and Rhona have been by way of lots collectively.
‘To get by way of someone having a really severe situation like having been by way of a stroke, that makes you stronger – or not – they usually’ve undoubtedly come out stronger,’ she mentioned.
Regardless of this, tensions floor as quickly as Gus and the newborn seem, as Zoe defined.
‘It’s a really awkward scenario on Christmas Eve or the day earlier than Christmas Eve the place Marlon’s like, “This isn’t taking place,” and Mary’s like, “Sure it’s.” It’s nice, they’re actually sensitively-written scenes.’
Whereas Rhona instinctively feels that the newborn is a part of her, Marlon after all doesn’t have that bond with Ivy and is making an attempt to guard Rhona from in the end being harm.
‘Marlon’s in a position to stand again and be fairly pragmatic and go “It’s not our child.” I imply, it isn’t his really,’ Zoe mentioned. ‘However I feel if that was me, would I be capable to hold away? Completely not. Not ever. Even when it’s simply the curiosity of “Does she appear like me?”’
The tensions raised by the entire scenario threaten to fully derail Christmas and Rhona works arduous to attempt to maintain every thing collectively.
‘Rhona’s treading a really high-quality line as a result of she’s received precisely what she desires – all three of her youngsters in a single place,’ Zoe identified. ‘However her husband is sad, her ex-husband is sad. She’s making an attempt to spin plates and hold all people from falling aside and dropping their shit.’
But when making an attempt to maintain the peace in the end failed and it got here right down to a call between Marlon or Ivy, Zoe is definite which manner her character would go.
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‘Ivy, each time,’ she confirmed.
‘We’ve got a scene the place that occurs and he or she says, ‘“I’m doing this with or with out you.” It feels actually harsh if you say that however after I consider my very own life my youngsters come earlier than anything.’
And for followers of Marlon and Rhona as a pair, there look to be worrying instances forward.
‘It does affect their relationship and their marriage,’ Zoe instructed us.
‘I may sit right here and say, “They will get by way of something,” however it’s cleaning soap, so… no.’
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