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Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Emmerdale delivered one of its biggest curveballs in a while last week, with the surprise revelation that Meena Jutla may be responsible for a suspicious death.
The ITV soap has heavily hinted that Meena could have been to blame for the demise of her former best friend Nadine, who passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Meena had confided in Diane Sugden about how Nadine supposedly took her own life, but we later saw a newspaper clipping which confirmed that Nadine actually died in suspicious circumstances – with police suspecting foul play.
Show bosses have warned that Meena will stop at nothing to get what she wants in the coming months, leading to a gripping new storyline. With huge twists and turns ahead, we're taking an early look at who might be in danger.
1. Andrea Tate
Meena's current masterplan is to reunite her sister Manpreet with old flame Charles, but Andrea is one of the main obstacles standing in the way.
Charles and Andrea are in the early stages of a new relationship and things seem to be going well between them. Meena has already made one drastic attempt to derail that, nearly killing Andrea's pet dog Princess in the process.
Princess survived after a lucky escape, but could Meena get bolder and decide that it's time to target Andrea more directly?
2. Rishi Sharma
The presence of Manpreet's husband Rishi in the village is the other major challenge for Meena, who's convinced that her sister is not happy in her marriage. Meena has repeatedly urged Manpreet to end things with Rishi, but she has always refused to listen.
Let's not forget that we've already seen Meena cruelly target Rishi once before. Back in December, Meena sneakily sabotaged Rishi's satnav and confiscated his pills to cause maximum chaos. Her efforts paid off when Rishi crashed his car in the middle of nowhere.
On that occasion, Meena took the opportunity to play the hero and "rescue" Rishi – but will he be so lucky next time?
3. Jacob Gallagher
Emmerdale bosses have already tipped Jacob as one to watch when the Meena storyline intensifies over the next few weeks.
Following Jacob's return to the village, David becomes worried about him and decides to focus his efforts squarely on his son for a while.
This irritates Meena, who wants to move in with David and become more committed as a couple. David insists that she'll have to wait before they can live together.
As time goes on, Meena starts to see Jacob as one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of her happiness. Could actor Joe-Warren Plant be returning with a sinister storyline ahead after his Dancing on Ice stint?
4. Leanna Cavanagh
Jacob's upcoming issues revolve heavily around his on-off relationship with Leanna. The pair fall out following Jacob's return to the village, as Leanna isn't pleased that her boyfriend has been ignoring her for weeks. Jacob also gets angry when he finds out about Leanna's feelings for Billy.
It's the young couple's ongoing drama that leaves David worried for Jacob, overshadowing Meena's plans for the future. Could Meena decide the route to solving everyone's problems is getting Leanna out of the way?
5. Diane Sugden
Meena recently chose Diane as an unlikely confidante, opening up to her about Nadine's death. She told a certain version of the story, explaining that Nadine became unhappy and took her own life after making new friends who were not good for her.
Meena added that, ever since she was unable to help Nadine, she has been obsessed with seeing her friends and family in the right place and with the right people.
Diane was intrigued by Meena's revelation that she didn't attend Nadine's funeral and doesn't know where she's buried. The village favourite tried to help by searching the internet for details on Nadine, but was stopped in her tracks when Meena warned her not to pry.
If Diane ever get curious on Google again though, she could easily stumble across the horrible truth about Nadine's death. Could this make her vulnerable?
6. Leyla Harding
Meena is keen to see her relationship with David go well, but has shown her jealousy in the past over his connection to Leyla. With David and Leyla still so close as friends, Meena has regularly feared that their romantic spark could be revisited one day.
A few weeks ago, Meena childishly ruined Liam's plans to propose to Leyla because she thought something was going on between Leyla and David. Could she continue to jump to the wrong conclusions?
7. Tracy Metcalfe
David is also close to his ex-wife Tracy, who has now moved on with her life by having a baby with new partner Nate.
Emmerdale fans know that Tracy is vulnerable at the moment, as she's struggling with post-natal depression but hasn't reached out for help.
With Tracy needing as much support as she can get at the moment, it may only be a matter of time before she turns back to David. Could this mean Meena finds a new target for her jealous outbursts?
8. Priya Kotecha
Priya is another of David's exes and remains closely connected to him as they have a daughter, Amba, together.
Priya hasn't shared too many scenes with David recently and rarely needs his help on personal matters, but we still wouldn't rule out Meena's jealousy returning if they do become more closely connected again.
9. David Metcalfe
David may be a popular character among Emmerdale fans, but let's face it, he's not exactly known for his reliability or faithfulness when it comes to relationships.
Meena is keen to make her relationship with David work and wants full commitment from him as soon as possible, but if he doesn't meet her strict expectations, could love turn to hatred?
10. Charles Anderson
Meena is already on Charles's radar after her attempts to sabotage his relationship with Andrea. Meena recently advised Charles not to pursue things with Andrea as it wouldn't be fair on Millie, but he ignored her meddling and went for it anyway.
As the local vicar, it's Charles's job to get involved in everybody's business (just ask Harriet) and it may only be a matter of time before he discovers that there's more to Meena than meets the eye. Could this land him in danger?
11. Ethan Anderson
Ethan was an unwitting victim of Meena's scheming a few weeks ago, when she used a burner phone to impersonate his long-lost mother and got his hopes up over a possible reunion.
Meena let Ethan believe that he was going to meet his mum at a country pub, well aware that she wouldn't be showing up.
If Ethan ever crosses paths with his real mum in the future, it may only be a matter of time before the truth about Meena's stunt comes to light.
We've already seen that Ethan is a moral character who values truth and honesty, which could certainly put him at odds with Meena if he finds out what she did.
12. Manpreet Sharma
Meena seems obsessed with Manpreet's love life and has already acknowledged that she likes to know her family and friends are all with the right people. But how will Meena react if Manpreet's ideas for the future continue to differ from her own?
Emmerdale has already hinted that Meena may have lost control when Nadine wouldn't listen to her advice. Could Manpreet also be in danger if she repeatedly ignores Meena's wishes?
Emmerdale airs Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday for the rest of this week on ITV. During Euro 2020, episodes are being released early on the ITV Hub as a box set.
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