Ryan Hawley reveals all on Robert Sugden's Emmerdale exit
Robert Sugden hasn’t had an easy couple of months in Emmerdale — what with him having been charged for GBH with intent for brutally assaulting Victoria Barton’s (Isabel Hodgins) rapist Lee — but things are set to get much worse for the beloved character before his on-screen exit arrives, and actor Ryan Hawley has all the gossip on Robert’s exit.
Robert was livid when he first learned about what had happened to Victoria, and thus he set out to seek revenge on her behalf — in spite of her consistently asking him not to. After multiple failed attempts to get justice for what Lee did, Robert lost control and picked up a shovel, before hitting the rapist on the back of the head — and he was charged for the crime as a result.
He ended up pleading guilty so that he could save Victoria having to lie on his behalf in court, and since then he’s been enjoying the free time he’s got left with husband Aaron (Danny Miller). On Robert’s current state of mind, Ryan said: ‘He’s waiting for the inevitable.He is however, optimistic that it is going to only be a short amount of time that he’s going to be away for.’
‘I believe, worst case scenario – only a couple of years. He is quite confident in the fact that he has pled guilty so sentencing will be a bit more lenient.’
Robert’s circumstances are set to worsen in the coming episodes, as he learns that Lee has passed away in hospital. The ramifications that the rapist’s death will have on his prison sentence is the main cause of concern, as it’s now incredibly likely that he’ll be charged with murder for what he did to the young man.
Robert understandably struggles to process this information, but Liv (Isobel Steele) offers up a solution, when she suggests that he and Aaron go on the run together.
Ryan said: ‘The news has just been broken to them so they haven’t really got a plan, they are going to have to take it as it comes. It means some very emotional goodbyes to some people in the village, but they have to be quick and there are some people they don’t even get the chance to because there just isn’t time.’
‘The police are literally on their way so they have to be fast and quickly make it out of the village. They really believe they are going to stay on the run and make it work. There were very emotional goodbyes with a real sense of urgency.’
Robert and Aaron bid farewell to their nearest and dearest before heading off to begin their new adventure, but whether or not they manage to evade the law remains to be seen.
Either way, leaving Emmerdale will no doubt be a tough task for Ryan, considering he’s been a huge part of the soap since 2014. On his departure, he said: ‘I will miss the show massively, it has been a huge part of my life for the last few years. I love working here, I love the people that I work with and it’s going to be very emotional leaving.’
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