Emmerdale spoilers: Kathy Bates returns to take down Kim Tate as iconic rivalry reignited?

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Emmerdale spoilers: Kathy Bates returns to take down Kim Tate as iconic rivalry reignited? 1

Emmerdale fans saw the return of several Tate family members in the last few years with Kim Tate (played by Claire King) even settling back into Home Farm. But does this mean the soap writers are looking into other iconic families to make a comeback? 

With Emmerdale now on screens for half the time is usually is, fans have been enjoying iconic episodes of the Northern soap.

And in a recent re-run, Nick (played by Cy Chadwick) and Kathy Bates (Malandra Burrows) were seen on screen. 

Following their appearance, viewers were took to the online forum Reddit to discuss the possibility of the Bates family returning. 

ToqKaizogou posted a month ago: “Through watching the Classic reshowings, the Bates family (or more specifically the Bates siblings or Kathy and Nick) have become some of my favourite characters.

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“You really root for them to be happy despite them constantly suffering through shit after s**t after s**t (especially Kathy). 

“Even if they can’t convince Malandra Burrows or Cy Chadwick to return, they should still bring back/bring in their kids,” the post continued. 

“They could have Alice and/or Kathy’s daughter arrive in the village.

“Emmerdale’s already been bringing back kid characters from the past with bigger roles as adults with Joe and Jamie, so why not bring back Alice or Kathy’s daughter too?

Take Nick, he was serving a prison sentence for manslaughter after accidentally shooting Jed Connell with his own rifle, but was apparently released in 2006 after ten years. 

He has one child, Alice Bates (Kimberley Hewitt until 1994 and then Rachel Tolboys) whom he sent to live with her aunt, and his sister Kathy in Australia following his sentencing. 

Meanwhile, fans will remember how Kathy had quite an illustrious life in Emmerdale, having married Jackie Merrick (Ian Sharrock) and Chris Tate (Peter Amory) – who also married Kim. 

She also dated Dave Glover (Ian Kelsey) but that soon ended when he was found to be having an affair with Kim, and then Kathy began a relationship with Biff Fowler, whom she was ditched at the altar by in 1999. 

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