Lachlan (played by Thomas Atkinson) has had his entire world threatened this week with the arrival of smooth-talker Freddy on Emmerdale.
Trying his best to coax impressionable entrepreneur Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) away to a new life in London, the suave businessman made no secret about his intentions on the ITV soap.
Naturally enraged, Lachlan insisted he would accompany his girlfriend on the year-long sabbatical but things quickly changed.
Unable to cope with feeling out of control, Lachlan suddenly saw red and went after Freddy with the apparent intention of smashing him over the head with a rock, much in the same way as he had with his former best friend Gerry Roberts (Shaun Thomas).
But in a startling turn of events, Priya (Fiona Wade) witnessed Lachlan’s true psychotic nature as he crept up behind the newcomer.
Horrified, Priya quickly scarpered from the scene but it was too late.
Lachlan caught sight of the brunette at the last second, and in a worrying moment for viewers his face darkened, a surefire sign of who his next victim will be.
What’s more, it seems Priya’s departure from the soap has been confirmed with some new images.
Stills released from next week’s episodes clearly show Priya’s family more than a little bit angry with the Whingles proprietor.
One in particular shows Priya’s brother Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) grabbing Lachlan by the neck while the siblings’ father Rishi Sharma (Bhasker Patel) desperately attempts to pull him away.
Struggling to break free, Lachlan seems terrified for once as he worries what’s coming next.
If Lachlan hasn’t killed Priya, then the Sharmas must have discovered something else incredibly incriminating about the teen.
Either that or Lachlan has made a bad business decision and the Sharmas are simply protecting their beloved Priya from getting hurt in the crossfire.
Could Lachlan have simply pushed Priya out once and for all? It’s unlikely that would result in violence from the normally passive Jai.
If Lachlan finally loses his temper and murders Priya, it will be his most obvious move so far, meaning the unhinged character is sure to be on his way out of the village – either to prison or by death.
Ever since he killed his mother Chrissie White (Louise Marwood) and grandfather Lawrence (John Bowe), Lachlan’s time has been running out.
Many viewers were convinced it would be his aunt Rebecca White (Emily Head) to finally solve the mystery surrounding the crash with her entire family, but the barmaid’s brain injury continues to prevent her from discovering the truth.
Could the Sharmas finally be the ones to get justice for all the deaths Lachlan has caused?
But at what cost if Priya falls victim to the teen’s ways? Would Rishi and Jai ever be able to recover?