Emmerdale’s Diane Sugden tipped to be killed off as fans ‘work out’ death twist

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Emmerdale’s Meena Jutla has been busy wreaking havoc around the sleepy Dales village for the last few months – from murdering teenager Leanna Cavanagh to kidnapping babies.

But she could go a step further, as it looks like one iconic soap character could be set to meet a grisly end at Meena’s hands.

Though Meena is currently safely squirrelled away in Ibiza to see her ailing niece, it looks like fans are convinced she could kill off yet another character upon her return.

And that person could be Emmerdale icon Diane Sugden.

It comes after actress Elizabeth Estensen – who has played the role of Diane for an impressive 22 years – announced her intentions to retire from the soap.

She announced earlier this month: "For the past 22 years, I have loved playing Diane Sugden – she’s kind, reliable and fiercely loyal.

"However, I now feel the time has come to say goodbye. Emmerdale will always remain special to me.

"I've been treated with respect and kindness and I've had the very best friends and colleagues, both past and present.

"I'll miss everyone dearly."

Elizabeth has already filmed her final scenes in the soap – and could it be a coincidence that Emmerdale has teased some dramatic stunts involving serial killer Meena?

Some fans are certain they’ve already worked it out, responding to the news on Twitter.

One posted: "Wow, I wasn’t expecting this! Hope she doesn’t get killed off! [Praying emoji]."

"If Meena MUST have a next victim, casting should pick either Matty, Brenda or Cathy. Not Diane! #Emmerdale," someone else chipped in.

A third posted: "My money is now on Meena killing Diane one way or another in the Big Week. What do you reckon?"

While another fan wrote: "Just found out Diane is leaving #Emmerdale so think it’d be a safe bet that she’s going to die in the big October week stunt welp!"

And Meena’s motive could already be sorted out, as Diane is the only person still alive in the villa who knows about Meena’s friend Nadine – who she murdered before arriving in Emmerdale.

Diane currently believes Nadine took her own life, but Meena actually killed her friend and was later discovered by Leanna – before bumping her off too.

Meena opened up to Diane about her loss in the salon a few months ago – but will the soap matriarch make the connection and put herself in danger?

Only time will tell.

Emmerdale airs weekdays from 7pm on ITV.

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