An update was given (Picture: ITV)
Sam certainly had the motive to kill Craig, the man who raped Lydia (Karen Blick) and then taunted her by befriending the family and manipulating Sam and Samson. When he discovered the truth he was furious with himself for being taken in by Craig.
Over the previous week viewers saw what had happened to Craig, beginning with Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Sam kidnapping him and taking him to a barn, where Lydia got to confront her attacker.
Following this they let Craig go, but soon Cain and Sam caught up with him, and with Cain goading him on Sam beat Craig up, leaving him battered and wounded – but still alive.
As far as the police were concerned, Sam was the last person to see Craig alive and Craig’s body had the DNA of Sam’s blood on it. Sam’s knuckles were grazed and sore. It seemed like an open and shut case.
The only person who could help Sam was Lydia, as he was hoping she would confirm his alibi that he’d been with her. But Lydia was missing and despite the efforts of Mandy (Lisa Riley) and Cain to find her, nobody knew where she was.
Sam believed that he killed Craig (Picture: ITV)
There was a tense atmosphere at the Dingle house, as Cain worried about where Lydia was and why she wasn’t there standing up for Sam. Mandy furiously lashed out at him, accusing him of ignoring the feelings of Lydia – the person who’d suffered the most.
In a rare turn of events Cain actually apologised for not thinking about Lydia and almost seemed on the edge of a confession, telling Mandy ‘It’s all my fault.’ Was he about to admit that Sam wouldn’t have hurt Craig if he hadn’t riled him up?
But he was stopped by Sam unexpectedly walking through the door. The police had released him after it was discovered that Craig died from a blow to the head – by a horse’s hoof.
It was actually Kim’s horse that killed Craig (Picture: ITV)
Cain, of course, knows exactly what happened. Kim (Claire King) was out riding when she saw Craig in a field. As he tried to get her to help him her horse reared up and knocked Craig to the ground.
Cain appeared as Kim gazed down at Craig and the two agreed to just walk away. Kim set the horse free and reported him missing, so that it would look like Craig had been killed by a frightened runaway horse.
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At the end of the episode Cain rang Kim to tell her ‘It’s all sorted,’ as it appears Sam is in the clear and the police are satisfied with the runaway horse theory.
Poor Sam hardly had a happy homecoming, though, as Lydia returned and told him that his actions had made coping with the aftermath of the rape much harder for her.
‘I didn’t want any of this bravado, fighting. How am I supposed to heal when you do that?’ she said, and told him she was leaving because she needed some space.
Is this the end for Sam and Lydia?
What does his future look like now?