Tonight saw the final lockdown episode of Emmerdale before the soap returns to normal next week.
And fans had very mixed opinions on it.
The episode followed Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and Ellis and Al Chapman (Aaron Anthony and Michael Wildman) as they navigate the difficulties of lockdown.
It saw Marlon face particular challenges as he desperately misses his kids, April and Leo.
He’s also having to spend lockdown in Charity (Emma Atkins) and Vanessa’s (Michelle Hardwick) house because of plumbing problems.
Just as Marlon believes things couldn’t get any worse, Ellis invites Al to stay with them because he doesn’t have anywhere else to go.
However, Marlon wants Al to get out, and it created a lot of tension between the pair.
Viewers were left in two minds over whether they liked the change in filming style, which was due to the social distancing measures required amid the pandemic.
Some fans absolutely loved this unusual style of filming due to the coronavirus lockdown, believing it to truly showcased the talent of the actors and actresses.
One person wrote on Twitter: ‘The #emmerdale #lockdown episodes are first class and show the talent of the actors involved.’
‘Loving this episode Mark. The acting is amazing and I find myself totally forgetting you are all socially distant as the camera work is fab. It’s so good that I’m even willing to overlook you are in Vanity’s house and they are not @emmerdale did good,’ said another, commenting on the fact that Marlon has moved into another house.
Others were left unimpressed by these innovative lockdown episodes.
‘These lockdown episodes of @emmerdale are really cringe. Nice idea but honestly it glaringly shows some of the characters only work in an ensemble. Hope we get proper episodes soon!’ One person tweeted.
Someone else added: ‘These lockdown episodes are s****. The message has come too late. Should have kept them for the start of the second wave!’
One person thought the lockdown episodes have been so bad they’ve ‘switched off after 30 years’.
They said: ‘Well done @emmerdale You finally made me switch off after 30 years… The lockdown episodes have been shockingly bad. Utter skutter. I’d have rathered a pause in transmission until some good plot lines could be conceived #PostCOVID19 than this muck’
Filming has resumed with social distancing measures in place, and the soap will be returning to normal next week.Follow us: