Playing Devil’s Advocate: Reunion Edition (Part Five)


That’s right! Another devil’s advocate before one of the most anticipated weeks in fandom.  This is a different type of devil’s advocate though. This is going to be a fun devil’s advocate. With the all the social media countdowns, pictures, offhand comments and general fan merriment it has been a fun time to be in the Emmerdale fandom. If you are a Robron, Vanity or Coira fan at least. It is not a great month for the antis. You had a whole year my dears. It is our turn now.

With that said, I will be looking at two popular speculations about the reunion and arguing if it could happen or not.  The third one is more personal and doesn’t have Robert or Aaron involved. Don’t forget to read to the end. I give my opinion on where I fall in all speculation and what I hope to see in the future.

So, let’s crack on!

Speculation #1: Aaron Gets the DJ to Play their song in the club to get Roberts attention. (The Big Gesture)

I feel this speculation is on the nose and doesn’t need explanation.

Why This Will Happen

Aaron knows he must make a big gesture to counteract all the harm he has started this week. To do that Aaron would have to do something to get Robert’s attention. Playing their song in a crowd, Aarons own version of ‘Going in there and saying it loud.’  It might not even be with the DJ; it could be Aaron jumping on the mike or even walking up to ‘Aaron Dingle Lite Mike’ and causing a scene just like Robert did with Alex the first time he saw them together. Aaron will have to pull out the big guns to get Robert’s attention to even talk to him.

Why This Won’t Happen

Aaron is not the romantic type. He is romantic in small ways. Keeping a watch. Wanting the Vegas coin engraved.  Taking Roberts underwear to prison. He is a quiet romantic. Big gestures, even in this scenario would not be on Aarons radar. Aaron is quiet. He will try and get Robert on his own. Talk to him. Try and convince him in his own way. Maybe wear the watch. Bring the watch with him. Maybe he has been holding onto their wedding picture on his phone. It is the simple, quiet things that make Aaron a romantic.

Speculation #2:  This is all on Aaron now.

Since Aaron has been the one sending mixed messages, trying to kiss Robert, pushing Robert away, doing what he does on their wedding anniversary, the getting back together part has to be on Aaron.

Why This Will Happen

Robert has been in the forefront for the past year. He has been grasping and trying to get Aaron back only to realize that at Christmas, he needed to let him go and just learn to be friends. Robert has taken off his ring and moved on. He is confident that they don’t have a chance and that he will have to learn to be his friend. Now that Aaron has confused Robert, it is up to him to do the work to get Robert back into the fold. Aaron has to put in the work to convince Robert that he loves him and wants him back. Robert did his part and now it’s up to Aaron to do his.

Why This Won’t Happen

No matter what, Robert and Aaron follow a pattern. Aaron will only go so far before Robert takes over and runs them both to the finish line. They both might have grown up and changed a lot in the past year, but sometimes certain things never change. Aaron will only go so far before Robert figures things out on his on and pushes them both to the finish line. That finish line being a couple again. I noticed it sounded dirtier than indeed. Finish line equals being a couple again. Unless you want it to sound dirty, go right ahead!

Speculation #3: Ross and Victoria find comfort in each other.

Victoria is stressed out. She lost Adam, is taking care of Rebecca and is just in a holding pattern.  Ross is upset because his life has been turned upside down since the acid attack.  Both were already dancing around each other, and soon they will confide in each other. Make each other feel a bit better. Become proper friends (Ross finally makes friends with a woman first), and then they develop into something more.

Why This Could Happen

The show was chemistry testing them and have passed what I call, “The Joey Principle” aka their real-life relationship doesn’t affect the chemistry on screen between their characters.  It has been a long time since Ross and Victoria have been in a relationship that would have to be built up over time.  It would be different for the characters (working through pervious issues, figuring out new issues and going forward) and they can comfort each other. Keep the Barton/Sugden line going after all. (Much to Robert’s horror).

Why This Couldn’t Happen

They have been tested before, and nothing came of it. The show might have used them as a way to talk about Adam and giving more of a point of view to Victoria as they slowly focused back on Adam. Those two always seem like ships in the night. Always passing but never connecting.  Ross might still be connected to Debbie. Victoria might be stuck in White Drama land for a bit longer. Those two might just never cross.

Final Thoughts

I have seen so much speculation for the reunion and beyond. It makes me happy to see so many happy about the future after spending the last year in pain, fighting with each other and sadness.  This is the kind of speculation that I adore. Happy and fluffy speculation is good for the soul. Yes, we might be building up hopes a little too high, but I feel like its ok to do that right now. The episodes were written by Maxine, and she never disappoints.

So, here is where I stand on Robert and Aaron reunion and beyond.  I think it’s up to Aaron to make Robert realize that he does love him, want him and need him.  After the past week and a half that will take a lot for Robert to think Aaron even cares about him.  Robert felt something shift with that Valentines Day and tried to get Aaron to talk about it.  All the hope curded the minute Aaron played a few mind games with him. Aaron didn’t do it on purpose, but he did it, and now Robert is going to push away a lot easier than before. It is up to Aaron to get Robert back into the fold. However, once Robert is back and believes Aaron wants, loves, and needs him again, Robert should be meeting Aaron halfway. They both got to meet in the middle this time around.  Be better than the last run of their relationship. Well, try and be better for a soap couple. Be each other’s best friends and push forward together. Become that family with Liv and Seb that we all wanted to see before (I know Seb is still a point of contention for some).  Aaron and Robert have come back to each other (its been a year) and they will never look back.

As for Victoria and Ross. I’m such a huge fan of this possible couple. That’s why I threw them in there at the end. Get the conversation going about them.  I feel like they were testing them out earlier in the year to see how they would play and they got some attention. I’d love it if they both became friends and supported each other. It would be a breath of fresh air for Victoria and give Ross someone else to play against. Debbie and Ross are played out. Time to give Ross and Victoria someone new to play with. I say, viva Roctoria! (I know for a fact that one person just shuttered reading that ship name. Sorry Justine!).


I sincerely think this week will have high highs and low lows. It will address many issues left over and give us a new starting point for Robert and Aaron. Also, give us a better place to start with Vanessa and Charity as well.  What do you think? What are your speculations? Share with me below or visit me on Tumblr @AmandaJ718! Don’t forget to check out some of the other devil’s advocates I have written in the past. It is good for a laugh or two. Until next time, I will see you around in Emmerdale!

Devil’s Advocate – The Two Main Theories

Devils Advocate: Part Two (More Devil. Less Advocate.)

Emmerdale: Playing Devil’s Advocate (Once. Twice. Three Times the Devil!)

Playing Devils Advocate: Four Times the Devil!


Playing Devils Advocate: Four Times the Devil!

Here we are. Another year. Another drama. So, here I am again to play a little game I like to call:

Devils Advocate: Four Times the Devil!

I am not going to do a huge lead in so let’s begin. I have listed the last three Devil Advocates pieces at the end for your reading pleasure. You can see how wrong I was about a lot in those pieces. It is a fun read.  It also proves this is just my thoughts and my opinions. Nothing is set in stone.

I am going to cover some heavy-handed speculation that has been discussed more than anything else. So let’s crack on!

Speculation #1 – Rebecca is Staying because….

With one tweet everyone is now in a tailspin.  Ms. Head is still filming. So, here is the speculation. Rebecca comes out of the coma and has

  • Full blown amnesia
  • Brain damage
  • Wakes up with short-term memory loss that comes back
  • Wakes up healthy

Why This Could Be Happening

Since the voicemail was deleted, we now have Rebecca to remember what happened in that car. So, they spread out the story to show Lachlan’s slow demise into madness. The show has shown that he is feeling guilty for his actions and now that Rebecca could wake up and remember? He now must figure out if he has it in him to kill again.

Here comes the breakdown:

  • Full Blown Amnesia: It still makes Lachlan nervous, but he knows he does not know anything. This gives the show a breathing period for Lachlan and gives Rebecca a blank slate. That could be a way to reinvent the character and set her up in a different way. Rework her personality (or pick one) and reinvest into fixing her. Lachlan’s secret comes out another way.
  • Brain Damage: Rebecca wakes up but can’t talk. She slowly remembers as she tries to get better. Lachlan slips into madness wondering if she remembers and will she find a way to tell. Finds ways to keep her in a quiet state.
  • Wakes Up with Short-Term Memory Loss: A version of the amnesia plot but she does not remember, and Lachlan can start to fill her head with other ideas until the memory comes back and Lachlan has to act.
  • Wakes Up Healthy: Wakes up remembering everything but she debates if she should rat her nephew out or play along. Causing him to lose it anyway. He kills her in madness, or she confesses she remembers, in the end, setting off another chain of events.

Why This Isn’t Happening

Even as Rebecca lays in that bed? Its all about Lachlan. How Lachlan is reacting. How Lachlan is debating her fate. How Lachlan will get away with his dirty little secret of trying to kill his family.  No matter what happens, it will not be about Rebecca. Yes, she wakes up, but it will be about Lachlan and what he does next.

Like much of this storyline, she will play a part, but she is not the star. She is the plot device we all know and agree is breathing and on screen.

Its all about investment in the character when it comes to Rebecca. What is the level of investment the show is willing to put in? So far, going off what they have done with her till now, there isn’t much investment there. They sold her car and put her clothes into the rotation of the other ladies on the show. They still haven’t put her picture up on the cast list. Her makeup is limited at best (she wears quite a bit of makeup on the show too). She is going to be staying longer than we expected but for her to stay, there would have to be a level of investment I have not seen yet. Time will tell.

Do you know what I want to see? People to stop acting like they know what is going to happen when they do not. How can you be disappointed in something that hasn’t happened yet?  Seriously. Let the story play out and stop thinking the worst. Iain is not lying to you. He is not even thinking of the whole fandom. He is thinking how I can shock the general audience with some twists and turns. How can he sell a story to the general audience?  If Danny being happy isn’t telling people anything then they are a lost cause.

Speculation #2 – Seb is Staying/Leaving  

I feel this is self-explanatory. However, this does not require a ‘Why it Won’t Happen’ section. I am going to outline how it works both ways within the story.

Why This Will Happen


If Rebecca wakes up with bad enough brain damage, she cannot take care of Seb. She will be carted off, and Robert continues being a single dad. Everyone finding their way to a happy middle and a family is born. It won’t happen overnight and it will be bumpy times but it can happen.


Rebecca does recover, and Lachlan is jailed or killed. Rebecca has no connections to the village, so she continues onto Australia. Robert knows he cannot keep his son from his mother, but they decide that Robert will visit and Seb can visit him when he gets older. Creating a brand-new teenager storyline WAY down the line. Sometimes Aaron joins him.

It is not the first time we saw this on a soap, and it will not be the last. Over time Aaron will grow closer to Seb because he makes the choice. He is not going to punish a child for his parent’s sins. He is not programmed that way. If you think he would? You do not know Aaron Dingle.

Speculation #3 – Robert and Rebecca are the Ones in Love  


I love to put a funny one in there. I respect people’s feelings on many aspects of the show. Everyone can feel how they feel. Except, when it comes to this. In no way shape or form has the show showed Robert or Rebecca being in love or falling in love this past year. That is not going to happen in 2018 either. Stop flooding mailboxes with this false worry. It is not going to happen. It is not in the cards. The show had a full year to have that happen. Do you think with Danny “Robron Captain” Miller going around talking about a lot changing in February with a smile is him lying? If you feel that way, more power to you but there is no proof anywhere that this is going to happen. Robert and Rebecca have no romantic interest, and the show has not shown that either. So, there’s that.

Final Thoughts?

I am going to address some tiny speculation floating around. I’m going to be very truthful. No holding back to save feelings here. Here we go.

Aaron’s point of view is coming. Why is it so late, some of you are saying? So far, this has not been Aarons story. He does not get a point of view because he took the ring off and walked away. He is out of Roberts life so he will not be there for everything. Cherry picking moments that are biased doesn’t prove anything about Aarons feelings. As Danny said in many interviews, lots of Aarons feelings are coming to light in the next couple of weeks. A week in a soap is a very long time. Lots of information can come out in one week. Before you decide how Aaron feels, you should wait for the character to tell you first.

Robert is not boring or had a personality transplant. Not even. He has been through a lot this past year. He has learned a lot about himself. The power he has to do bad things and also good things. He is learning how to be better while still making mistakes. He is trying to be better for himself and his son. That is a good thing and to act like Robert is terrible or boring for that? People are not paying attention to the bigger picture. Robert is growing as a character. That is a good thing. He will still be snarky and want to protect his family and friends but he won’t go to those crazy levels again. He has learned.

Everything comes to an end. Like this storyline. Some need to stop acting like they know what is coming (they do not) and enjoy the ride.  Robron are finding their way back to each other. It will not be simple or easy, and they will be working on issues long after the big kiss. It is a continuing story. They will work on it. It will be a lot of growing together now.  Lachlan is finally being able to shine and be the dominant member of the family while possibly falling into madness. It will not be a clean-cut ending, but it will be a soap ending and thank god for that.

Tell me what you think below or leave me a message on my Tumblr! I will not be taking questions or opinions on Twitter since I am on a self-imposed mental health break. I will not see it, and I will not respond. So, until the next speculation post or Live and Organized, see you around in Emmerdale.

Devil’s Advocate – The Two Main Theories

Devils Advocate: Part Two (More Devil. Less Advocate.)

Emmerdale: Playing Devil’s Advocate (Once. Twice. Three Times the Devil!)


Emmerdale: Playing Devil’s Advocate (Once. Twice. Three Times the Devil!)