Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.
Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Emmerdale star Olivia Bromley has revealed more details of Dawn Taylor's dangerous showdown with DI Malone.
Malone is out for revenge after Dawn reported him to the police for corruption.
In disturbing scenes next week, the villainous detective uses Dawn's past addiction against her by presenting her with heroin. Malone encourages Dawn to take her own life by overdosing, leaving her horrified by the depths that he has sunk to.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other media in a recent Q&A, Olivia explained: "Dawn is absolutely terrified. She has already witnessed what a dangerous character Malone is.
"Dawn thought going to the police was the only thing she could do. She also put it off for a long while. She has been intimidated by him for a long time – it's gone on and on.
"But when she found out about Malone and Harriet's affair, she thought it was finally too much as he'd infiltrated her home. Reporting Malone was desperation, really."
On the worrying scenes still to come with Dawn and Malone, Olivia continued: "From Dawn's point of view, it's a negotiation for her life and safety. In her wildest dreams, she would never have thought that Malone would go as far as he does.
"Dawn is used to being around bad characters and being intimidated by them. She's used to fighting her corner, but in this case she's trapped because Malone is using Lucas as a threat. She's worried that he could harm her son, who's the only thing she cares about.
"Really this is all about Dawn negotiating her way out of a really intimidating situation, in any way possible, whether it's intimidating Malone back or pleading with him.
"Heroin is Dawn's biggest danger. All through her life, she's living every day with the risk of relapsing and taking an overdose. She might have got over some of the physical addiction, but she will be battling this mentally forever.
"Dawn has got a strong structure in her life with Harriet, her son, her father and her boyfriend all living in the village, so she doesn't usually go back to that place.
"But as soon as she's faced with heroin and Malone manipulates her psychologically, Dawn is put in the most vulnerable situation. I don't think there could be much worse for Dawn to be faced with than this.
"At the start of Dawn's dealings with Malone, I don't think she realised how much of a psychopath and how brutal he is – not until she's faced with the heroin and he's using her past in the most manipulative way. Then she realises it's real, real danger."
Emmerdale airs these scenes on Monday (August 17) at 7pm on ITV.
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