Emmerdale star Gillian Kearney has revealed that the game is up for Emma Barton when her secret comes out and she's trapped in a barn fire with Moira.

Emmerdale actress Gillian Kearney has revealed to Soaplife that the game is up for killer Emma Barton. Her secret comes out in dramatic fashion with a fight, a fire and a shock death…

What’s the story?

It’s the moment Emma has dreaded. The truth about Emma killing James on that bridge comes out and Finn reveals he is going to tell his brothers. It’s game over for the bonkers nurse. “She is in a panic,” Gillian Kearney told Soaplife. “She can’t let the boys know what she did. They will stop loving her and that is her greatest fear.” Emma loses the plot, she has a fight with Moira and there is a fire. It ends in tragedy when somebody in the village ends up dead – who will it be?

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Soaplife’s interview with Gillian Kearney

Soaplife: What can you tell us about her state of mind?

Gillian Kearney: “Firstly, she is heartbroken about the fact that Gabby is playing with her. She wanted to think that James was looking out for her from beyond the grave. That was a comfort. She is disappointed that she just can’t move on from what happened.”

S: How does he secret come out?

GK: “Finn walks into the church as Gabby is playing the footage of the tape showing Emma trying to manipulate Ashley. He threatens to tell the boys and she can’t have that. She loved James, but she loves the boys even more and can’t contemplate giving up. She has to keep the truth at bay.”

S: Why does she confront Moira?

GK: “She has to accept that it is over when Finn says ‘If you don’t tell Pete and Ross, I will.” She goes to Moira to make her answer for what she has done. She blames Moira for everything. She is the reason Emma lost her temper and pushed him off that bridge. If Moira had walked away from James, she wouldn’t have this massive black hole in her life.”

S: What happens between the two women?

GK: “Moira can see Emma is a bit unhinged. It all kicks off. They always wind each other up. There is a tussle with a pitchfork, it hits a lamp and the barn goes up in flames.”

S: Is it a big fire?

GK: “Yes, it is. It was incredible to film, as we had to stand in amongst the flames. There is an explosion in the background and we had to dive to the ground. I had fireproof clothes on and special gel in my hair. There was a real adrenalin rush and my heart was racing.”

S: Is it game over for Emma?

GK: “It gets very dramatic and you do wonder if any person can come through this without cracking or worse.”

S: Do you think viewers want Emma to get her comeuppance?

GK: “I think so. I was on holiday in Spain and somebody came up and said ‘I can’t believe you got away with it.” I replied ‘James slipped from that bridge!’”

S: What else can you tell us about this big week?

GK: “Brace yourselves. There are some surprises in store that you won’t expect.”

Emmerdale, ITV