Colin Hamston (Mark Noble) has departed Emmerdale after finally deciding to release Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy), who was kidnapped this week.
Colin is the father of Marshall (Max Fletcher) and has been unable to accept his son ever since he came out as gay. Colin physically and emotionally abused Marshall while he was under his care and has been spiralling ever since the teen made the decision to move into Laurel and Jai’s (Chris Bisson).
Recently, Marshall left the village altogether to live with his aunt and a few days ago, he contacted Arthur (Alfie Clarke), asking for his passport to be sent so he can go on holiday.
This led to trouble for Laurel, as she popped by Colin’s with the intention of picking it up, but ended up getting kidnapped and held hostage.
Colin told Laurel that she is to blame for everything that’s gone wrong in his life and said that she could be released if she contacts Marshall and says that his dad has changed.
Laurel was never going to do that and was even more set in her ways once she learnt of Colin’s plan to send Marshall away for conversion therapy.
The character being defiant in her decision caused Colin to get worse, as he gagged and tied Laurel to the bed.
Back in the village, as word got round that Laurel never got to India, Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) worked out that she was in danger after Arthur said that his mum had gone to get Marshall’s passport.
At Colin’s, a visit from a police officer saw him become terribly paranoid. He grabbed Laurel and led her to a bench in the countryside, which was soon established as a memorial bench for Colin’s wife.
While there, Laurel decided to try and understand Colin from a more emotional perspective. They managed to connect because they both previously lost loved ones to an illness and once Laurel realised this, she picked at Colin until he eventually burst into tears.
It was very clear that Colin hadn’t properly grieved after his wife’s death and as he opened up, Laurel explained that ‘outrunning grief’ never works and that bottling everything up and being poisoned by it is ‘denial’, not ‘strength’.
Fortunately, Colin decided to drive Laurel back to the house and let her go.
As Colin was taken by police officers, Laurel hugged Jai – the ordeal finally over.
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