Emmerdale hints at dangerous Cain Dingle and Kim Tate feud after Craigs death explained

Emmerdale has hinted that a dangerous feud could be on the horizon between village heavyweights Cain Dingle (played by Jeff Hordley) and Kim Tate (Claire King).

Resident bad boy Cain and manipulative Kim have long been at the centre of major storylines on the soap, but the pair could be set to go head-to-head as the death of rapist Craig Reed brought the entire Dingle family into the fold.

The latest instalment started off incredibly tense for Sam Dingle (James Hooton) as he awaited his fate during a police interview at the station.

Fans already knew that Sam hadn't intentionally "murdered" Craig, the man who assaulted his wife Lydia Dingle (Karen Blick), and was goaded to hit the evil character by his brother.

Yet the plot prompted another twist in the tale when Sam arrived home and revealed that the police had let him go because they "knew it wasn't him" who killed Craig.

While Cain feigned ignorance at first, and was stunned when Sam revealed who had really delivered the final murderous blow to Lydia's rapist, Cain already knew the truth.

In flashback scenes that aired a week earlier, the soap showed Cain arriving in the field and witnessing Kim on her horse next to Craig's lifeless body.

While Cain initially advised Kim to leave the scene behind, the latter later told the police that her beloved horse had "escaped" and gone missing in the village.

Kim's move managed to get Sam released from his handcuffs, and it turned out Cain was pulling the strings all along.

As he told wife Moira Dingle what was going on, the Scottish farmer said: "My god Cain. I just can't get my head round the fact it was a horse."

"I know," Cain replied, clearly lying through his teeth.

"Just sounds weird," Moira went on. "I'm glad – I mean that Lydia didn't have to lie and it all worked out for Sam."

Cain then called Kim and said cryptically: "It's me. It's all sorted." But while it seemed like Cain and Kim were on the same page and working together, Cain's knowledge of the situation and Kim's actual involvement could spell some serious drama in the future.

As soon as Kim doesn't play Cain's game, the mechanic will undoubtedly use Kim's presence and involvement in Craig's death against her, potentially even threatening to expose her to the police.

And while viewers saw that the equestrian's pony was spooked by Craig and seemingly protecting his owner, Kim can't prove that she didn't direct him to do the deed.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, one fan commented: "Cain’s face when Sam said a horse killed Craig. He knows who’s horse it is. #Emmerdale."

"#Emmerdale you can bl**dy talk Cain u goaded him into it. Then YOU saw how Craig died & are letting Sam suffer u total scumbag," another angry viewer wrote, followed by: "Yeah you didn’t kill him Sam, Kim did ain’t that right Cain. #Emmerdale."

While Cain is treading a dangerous line with Kim, sadly there was heartbreak for Sam and Lydia as the episode came to a close.

Angry with her husband for getting involved and beating up Craig for "revenge," Lydia decided she needed some time apart.

"I can't be with you Sam, not like this. I need some space. I need to pack and I need to get away from all this. I'm sorry," the struggling character added.

Emmerdale continues weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV

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