Emmerdale lost one of its most popular characters earlier tonight.
Poor Gerry (played by Shaun Thomas) got on the wrong side of evil Lachlan White (Thomas Atkinson) and sadly met his end.
He fell down the dodgy scaffolding at the B&B and it looked as though the fall had been enough.
However, he remained alive and begged Lachlan, who was safe, to help him out.
But the killer only wanted to silence him, fearing hapless Gerry would spill his murderous secrets.
And no sooner had he resolved his action in his mind, Lachlan was dropping a large stone on poor Gerry’s head.
The gruesome scene was too graphic pre-watershed and the last fan saw of Gerry were his terrified eyes before a black screen flashed on and a loud thud played over it.
But as soap fans know all too well: If the death isn’t seen on screen, there’s every chance they’re coming back.
Viewers flocked to Twitter to comment about how he could still be alive, although it seems it was all in vain.
One posted: “I hope Gerry isn’t dead so he can expose Lachlan.”
Another shared: “I bet Gerry staggers in the pub covered in blood and gets up and sings Cher’s Strong Enough.”
A third hoped: “I demand another episode with a ghost just so we can have Gerry back.”
Another wondered if Gerry’s death could still prove to be useful in putting Lachlan behind bars.
They suggested: “Please let Lachlan have left fingerprints on incriminating evidence and get sent down.”
Alas, actor Shaun has opened up on how “upset” he was to find out he was leaving.
He said of Gerry’s exit: “Well it was a shock, because I was only ever meant to come here for the two episodes in the prison with Lachlan and then I ended up staying here for a year and a half.
“So I really got used to being around everybody, made a connection with everybody, and then to be told that was going to come to an end, it was pretty upsetting.”
Shaun revealed how he intricate death scene took a whopping three days to film.
“Lying on that floor for three days was quite uncomfortable so that alone was a challenge in itself.
“But working with Tom and the director and the guys we were working with were all brilliant and they made it so comfortable and a lot easier for me to do my own thing.”
Emmerdale continues tomorrow at 7pm on ITV.