why we loved the grueling episodes

Meena killed Leanna at Emmerdale this week and went down in history as the newest killer to follow the soap operas (Gray Atkins aside!).

The murderous Meena Jutla struck when Leanna Cavanagh accidentally found her “Bits Box” full of memories and the stolen Pride collection. Oh oh.

Meena killed Leanna after getting too curious

Fascinated, Leanna rummaged through the box and discovered Princess’s squeaky toys along with other souvenirs. Meena claimed she was a little thief who stole whatever she wanted. But considering what she did to the little princess, we wonder if her box was full of trinkets that she stole from previous victims?

Meena was horrified when Leanna rummaged through her belongings (Photo credit: ITV / ITV Hub)

When Leanna discovered the newspaper clipping about Meena’s former best friend Nadine Butler, she suddenly looked scared. And when Meena whined, “I didn’t want her to die,” Leanna – wisely – took her chance to reaffirm it.

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Meena pushed Leanna off the humpback bridge (Credit: ITV / ITVhub)

The brave birthday girl ran across the cemetery, but Meena caught up with her at the humpback bridge and after confessing to having killed poor Nadine, she threw Leanna over the bridge and into the river.

“Oops,” she said as Leanna fell to her death.

Read more: Emmerdale: Matthew Wolfenden reveals that Meena’s feelings for David are more twisted than we realize

Here’s what we thought was so brilliant about this week’s heartbreaking, heartbreaking episodes:

1 Meena is the most wonderful pantomime soap villain

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Meena is a fabulous pantomime villain (Image: ITV / ITVhub)

Meena is a cold psychopath. Her frustrated sigh when she realized that Leanna wasn’t quite dead yet. Your hint of a smile at Liam’s fear.

The way she switched from laughing to sinister threats The rubbing of her fingers through her hair. The fabulous Paige Sandhu created a monster – and we love her.

2 Leanna made the best, most tragic sacrifice

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Meena was upset when Leanna didn’t die instantly (Image: ITV / ITVhub)

Poor Leanna had just turned 18. She was celebrating her birthday and was about to embark on a new adventure. But that wasn’t the only reason her death was so tragic.

Leanna’s arrogant side came to the fore when she reminded Meena that she was working for her father and teased her about not being Nadine’s actual best friend. Without wanting to blame the victim, Leanna sealed her own fate, so to speak.

3 The move from comedy to high drama

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It seemed pretty funny at first, but soon, Meena’s pursuit of Leanna became shocking (Image Credit: ITV / ITVHub)

At first, Meena’s pursuit of Leanna was funny. Leanna rocks through the cemetery on her new shoes and hides behind gravestones. Meena said it was like a huge battleship game.

But it got creepy very quickly. And when Liam found out what had happened to his daughter, it went from tense to tragic. Basically, it tore at every one of our hearts.

4 Just as it reminded us of some classic soap murders

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Meena’s dance reminded us of Tracy Barlow (Credit: ITV / ITVHub)

Did Meena remind you of anyone in this week’s episodes? We thought there were hints of Kathy Bates in Misery, but most of all, we couldn’t help but think of the classic Corrie killer Richard Hillman!

When Meena lurked in the store with a can of beans in hand, she reminded us of Richard Hillman putting on his black gloves. But that’s not all. Her dance to Britney Spears after she killed made us remember Corries Tracy Barlow seducing Charlie Stubbs before she struck.

And – go with us here – even the way Leanna’s shoes led to her untimely death reminded us of poor Barry Evans in EastEnders who fell to his death because of his shoelaces (well, his shoelaces and Janine Butcher) . And the location on the bridge reminded us that Emma Barton met her maker in the hands of Moira Dingle!

5 How that’s just the beginning!

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Meena is just getting started! (Photo credit: ITV / ITVHub)

We know Meena’s story is just beginning. She was killed before she murdered poor Leanna and we are confident she will strike again.

We can’t wait to see what she’s doing in the coming weeks and months. Who do you think their next victim will be?

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