Emmerdale viewers were distraught to find out about the details of Victoria Sugden’s (played by Isabel Hodgins) Big Night Out in Hotton last month.
In harrowing scenes, the Woolpack chef was raped by a man named Lee and subsequently fell pregnant with his child.
As for what her future holds, official soap spoilers have revealed she is going to keep the baby, but there is a question mark over who is going to raise it.
The actress, Isabel Hodgins, who plays Victoria, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk during The British Soap Awards 2019 and hinted at her character reconciling with a former flame.
When asked if she thinks Victoria and Ellis Chapman (Asan N’jie) would ever get back together, or if viewers could expect upcoming scenes to show him offering to stand by and support his ex-girlfriend, Isabel said: “I don’t know. I don’t think so.
“When I was first told, I had ideas and one of the things was ‘maybe this happens, or this happens, or she raises the baby herself’.
“And I was like ‘I like that, independent woman, doing it by herself’. But that’s not my call, we’ll have to see what the bosses decide.”
Having made the decision to keep the baby, the actress continued: “She’s obviously got a very maternal instinct.
“She’s been very vocal about wanting a baby and I think as soon as that test came up pregnant, she knew what she was going to do; she was having that baby. That’s all she wants, she’s got no Adam but she can have a baby.”
As for what Isabel hopes her character’s future will play out to be, she revealed: “I want her to be happy ,and be the best mum she can be. I want her to get over this and life her best life.”
It comes after Isabel spoke about whether or not Adam Barton (Adam Thomas) would be returning to the soap once he heard what had happened to his wife.
“In an ideal world, [the father] would be Adam and Adam would have been able to have children,” she divulged. “They would have had this perfect little family unit.”
Nevertheless, it seems there is no plans for Adam to return to the Dales anytime soon and therefore it is up to Victoria and the help of her family and extended village residents to raise the baby.
Isabel also spoke about the effects the storyline has had on viewers and how much awareness has been raised surrounding the subject of consent and rape.
“I think they [the viewers] feel her pain,” she explained. “Also, I didn’t realise at the time, the awareness it’s raised of girls on a night out, going ‘oh my god’.
“I know sometimes, when I’m drunk, I want to walk home, because you want to go on an adventure,” she joked.
“But girls [have realised to] never separate your friends, never do this, never tell someone you live by yourself, so people have been really receptive of that.
“People have become a bit more switched on [when on a night out] after what’s happened to Victoria.
“[Lee preyed on her good nature] but he seemed so nice!” She counter argued, then added: “‘Of course, come in I feel safe with you’ but he’s a stranger so don’t be trusting, but don’t assume everyone’s out to hurt you, but stay safe and don’t trust strangers completely.”
If you or anyone you know has been affected by this storyline, please visit Rape Crisis’ website here or call 08088029999 for help.