Emmerdale fans have been left scratching their heads after spotting what appears to be a pub blunder involving soap stalwart Zak Dingle.
Theories are flying on social media about why – and how – Zak seems to be spending a lot of his time at The Woolpack.
Some reckon he might have even "won the lottery" in order to afford his rather expensive drinking habit.
He has been spotted several times in the last week, sitting at a table in the back of the pub, and occasionally chipping in with comments.
On Wednesday night, he engaged in a rather awkward conversation about menstruation with Rhona, Marlon and Bob as they discussed April's trolling – which she'd initially tried to pass off as her getting her first period.
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As Bob explained that Wendy made up "menstruation packs" for the local schools, which included MoonCups, Zak was left baffled.
He began to discuss his daughter Belle's experience with menstruation, but admitted it might have just been "an excuse to stay home and watch films with her mum."
Fans were left distracted by how exactly Zak could afford to stay in the pub all day, turning to social media with their own theories.
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One penned: "Has Zak won the lottery? He's in the pub in every scene! Good to see him back tho #Emmerdale," with a cry-laughing emoji.
Someone else followed up: "Zak always in the pub but never works? #Emmerdale", as a third viewer posted: "Zak's sole purpose seems to be to sit in a corner and grunt."
"What is Zak doing in Emmerdale in the pub sitting in the corner… [does] he get paid for that?" another wondered.
Someone else was just happy to see Zak back in the soap after his absence, writing: "Lovely to see Zak in The Woolpack!"
"It's nice to see Zak back full time on the show!" another fan commented, as someone else chipped in: "Good to see Zak back, where's the old legend been? #Emmerdale."
Actor Steve Halliwell took an extended break last year, having played Zak since 1994.
And it seems he was always destined to step into the icon's shoes, after a 50-year battle with alcoholism which 'led' to him playing Zak.
Speaking to TV Times Magazine, Steve said: "I can see a pattern to me leading to playing Zak. I went on a journey and it seemed to be my destiny to play this man who I understood.
"Everything the Dingles had been through, I had too – trouble with the police, fighting, being evicted. And if there were any aspects of Zak's life I hadn't lived, I knew people who had."
Emmerdale continues on Thursday at 7pm on ITV.
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