Emmerdale newcomer Alex (played by Steven Flynn) has proven himself to be a very patient and kind character on the ITV soap until now.
Following a fledgling romance with Aaron (Danny Miller) that’s undergone its own angst, Alex and the mechanic seemed to have found a comfortable rhythm.
Tonight’s episode proved that Aaron still can’t leave his ex-husband Robert (Ryan Hawley) behind however, unveiling a whole new side to the doctor.
Discovering that Aaron had lied to him about doing work alone at home, Alex burst into the Mill Cottage with an axe to grind against Robert.
Yet the more pressing worry lies within the fact that Alex had been told Aaron wouldn’t be available to meet up, and he still showed up anyway.
Refusing to apologise for his obsessive nature, Alex blew up at a bewildered Robert, who had merely asked Aaron to look after his baby son Seb for a few hours.
Never missing a trick, fans of the soap were convinced there was more to the story than they’d been led to believe.
Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: “Something’s up and not quite right with Alex ….. #antialex #robron #emmerdale.”
“If Dr Bore thought Aaron was working all day why was he there? He doesn’t live in village nor does he work there bl**dy stalker #emmerdale,” another suspicious person said.
A third wrote: “I sooo think Alex could be a bunny boiler #RobronRising #robron #Emmerdale.”
“#Emmerdale a wee bit over possessive Alex aren’t we,” a fourth noted.
While another fan speculated: “For a Dr, Alex lacks self awareness. Talk about burying his head in the sand. It’s painfully obvious Aaron couldn’t be less interested in him if he tried.
“Aaron says he’s busy & yet Alex comes back again, screams bunny boiler. Why not just call him, it’s stalker-like #Emmerdale.”
Some viewers weren’t happy about the potential implications for Aaron’s mental health though, as one person shared: “I wouldn’t be shocked but I think it would be a mistake, because of all the unresolved abuse and control in Aaron’s relationship with Robert.”
Amid the drama, village veteran Sandy Thomas (Freddie Jones) arranged to go on another date with Australian newcomer Maisie (Wendy Richard).
Despite a few false starts, the Valentine’s Day date could be the moment Sandy decides to take the plunge and follow the blonde bombshell across the other side of the world.