Everyone is deliriously excited to have Kim Tate back in Emmerdale but lets face it, 20 years is a pretty long time so you cant expect fans to remember everything – especially those who werent even conceived when she flew out of the village in that helicopter.
So just what did Kim get up to in her last stint and why has she been in prison? Who was she married to and what is her beef with Joe? And just what is the real connection between her and Graham?
We have all of the answers here. Well, almost. We have to keep SOME secrets.
How is Kim related to Joe?
As Joe is the son of the late Chris Tate – a fierce enemy of Kim – this makes Kim his step grandmother (were sure she loves that title) as she was married to Frank. Kim has been instructing Graham to keep Joe in line while she has been in prison.
Joe had been brought up in boarding school after Zoe sent him there not long after Chris death. But with Zoe paying less and less attention to Joe, Kim sought him out through Graham.
Why was she in prison?
Kim left in 1999 after her role in stealing a horse with Steve Marchant was exposed. Kim had tried to frame Steve for their joint crime but as her scheme fell apart, she traced to collect the money she had stolen. Chris had found it so she attacked him and left him for dead before jumping in a helicopter with her son James and escaping from the law.
It can only be assumed that that law finally caught up with her so she returns to the village with her sentence pretty much served.
Who was Kim married to?
The initial plan was for Emmerdale to have Kim marry Chris but instead it was decided shed wed the big cheese Frank himself. Kim was only ever after his cash and had a passionate affair with Dave Glover behind his back.
After Kim faked her death, she returned from the grave and frightened Frank into a heart attack. He was killed as she stood by, ignoring a chance to hand him his medication. And she was paid handsomely in the will to boot.
Where is Kims son James?
Kim had James with her when she flew off in that helicopter but some time between that and her ending up behind bars, Kim has lost touch with her son James. James will now be in his early 20s and its a given that he will be mentioned during Kims stint.
James is presumably the son of Frank – Kim confirmed this on screen after a paternity confusion between Frank and Dave. Frank had offered to make Kim a rich woman if she confirmed him as his son but it transpired later that he was indeed a Tate. As far as we all know anyway.
What did she do in her last stint?
Kim started out as a fairly subdued woman but soon, her intention to get as much money from Frank as she could reared its head. She trampled Nick Bates with a horse when he discovered her affair with Dave and she gave Chris and Zoe a life of hell. After causing Franks death, Kim was even more ruthless and she caused Kelly Windsor to miscarry during a fight on the staircase. Kelly had said that she was carrying Chris child.
When Steve ran over Kathy during the horse heist, Kim tried to manipulate her into thinking Steve was to blame. And it was when it all went wrong that Kim gloated to Chris that she had left Frank to die before clobbering him with a paper weight and trying to leave him to a similar fate.
What is her history with Graham?
It turns out that Graham knew Kim from a couple of decades ago and he seems to have developed strong feelings for her. Grahams loyalty lies with Kim, not Joe and he was sent to Joes boarding school to form a bond with him and keep an eye on him in Kims absence.
It has been Grahams sole focus to ensure that Joe didnt waste Kims money or ruin her legacy and estate. He has been in touch with Kim throughout.
Why does she want Graham to kill Joe?
Joe was aware of Kims control and the fact that none of the assets actually belonged to him but he has gone rogue. With his plan to get revenge on Charity and take over Home Farm and various village properties, he was very much acting alone and Graham tried to warn him off.
Now that he is spending money on Debbie and is entering marriage without a pre-nup, Graham felt he had to warn Kim. And it has been discovered that Joe was plotting to transfer the deeds to Home Farm into his own name so Kim is furious and wants Graham to get rid of Joe once and for all.
Does Kim have a heart?
She can have – it may be an icy cold one to most people but Kim does have a softer side deep down. She fell genuinely in love with Dave Glover and of course loves her son James. And she had a lot of time for her only real friend in the village Seth Armstrong.
Her moments of kindness and warmth were rarely seen – but they did exist.
Will she die?
Jokes. As if wed dare tell you that! Youll just have to wait and see…