Emmerdale fans were delighted when Dingle legend Zak returned to the village - but it's lead to many fans begging for another character's swift exit.

Zak made his return last night, after last being seen on screen back in June, and he was deeply missed by viewers.

The Dingle patriarch may step into his former role as head of the family, with fans hoping this means it'll be the end of Paul.

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Gambling addict Paul has left viewers horrified recently as he has resorted to violence against his son Vinny in a bid to keep his addiction a secret.

When the official Emmerdale Instagram page shared a photo of Zak to mark his return, fans were quick to comment their hopes that it would lead to Paul's exit.

One fan commented: "Love Zac but PLEASE get rid of Paul!"

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Maggie said: "I am so happy that the head of the Dingles is back!"

Carolyn said: "Yay! Zac's back.....please get rid of Paul......Vinny come on out with it..tell Mandy!!"

Jamie said: "Please get rid of Paul."

Caroline commented: "Yes get rid of Paul please."

Julie said: "Zac is back yayy get rid of Paul hate how he is beating poor Vinny & then telling Vinny its his fault that he beats him."

Samantha added: "He will get his family back together."

*Emmerdale airs on ITV