Emmerdale spoilers follow.
In tonight’s episode, Luke (Max Parker) and his girlfriend Victoria Barton (Isabel Hodgins) organised a lock-in at The Hide to try and play matchmaker for Matty Barton and Amy Wyatt.
While Amy was out getting the drinks, she ran into Ethan and his father Charles and mentioned the lock-in to them. With Ethan wanting to get to know more villagers, Amy invited him to join them.
At the party, after introducing himself to Victoria, Ethan came face-to-face with Luke. While Ethan greeted him with a “hi, mate,” Luke looked visibly concerned to see him.
Once Victoria and Amy were gone, Ethan asked Luke how he’s been. He responded by telling him: “A lot’s changed since I last saw you.”
Luke then told him it would help him out a lot if he kept their history to himself, adding that, as far as anyone’s concerned, they don’t know each other.
Later, Victoria asked Ethan to tell her a bit about himself and he revealed he’s taking a break from dating because he has bad taste in men.
Victoria joked that she does too, leading Ethan to ask if her and Luke were together, seeming surprised when she said yes.
Ethan then went outside where he found Luke and told him he never thought he’d see him again.
Luke immediately told him he’s with Victoria now and he doesn’t want anything to come between them.
“I’m not going to out you,” Ethan hit back, to which Luke responded by claiming that he’s not gay or bisexual.
“I never said you were,” Ethan said.
Ethan told Luke his sexuality is nothing to be ashamed of, but Luke replied that “Steven” was a “one-time thing” before walking off and telling him to stay away from him.
Emile John, who plays Ethan, recently spoke to Digital Spy and other media about his character’s past with Luke.
“There is definitely a familiarity between Ethan and Luke. The way that it unravels, and the way that their relationship evolves, is sure to shock the viewers,” he said.
“I feel like it definitely isn’t how you’d expect their relationship to start, but all I can say is that people probably won’t want to miss it.
“Ethan thrives in exposing the truth and revealing people’s shortcomings, in the hope that they might be able to learn about themselves and grow. It’s a harsh method, and with a method like this, there’s sure to be consequences.
“In the case of Luke and Victoria, it could shatter the trust between them. It could do a lot of damage, but as for what happens next, I guess we’ll have to see.”
Emmerdale currently airs on Mondays through Fridays at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode on Thursdays at 8pm.
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