Emmerdale's Nate Robinson is about the hurt the mother of his unborn child, as he decides to put Belle Dingle before his growing family.
Actor Jurell Carter, who joined the soap as Nate last year, confessed his character is about to behave "selfishly," putting his girlfriend and baby to the back of his mind.
Emmerdale spoilers have revealed Nate will offer to go to prison for Moira Dingle's (Natalie J Robb) hit and run, even though Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln) is guilty of the crime.
Police have uncovered evidence against Belle (Eden Taylor Draper), but as the voices in her head return, she struggles to prove her innocence in the station.
Impressing his father Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley), Nate makes the sacrifice in order to save his aunt Belle, having witnessed her mental health going into decline.
However, the decision means he will be behind bars for the birth of his child, as Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) is months into her pregnancy with their first baby.
Speaking about Nate's abandonment of his family, actor Jurell, 25, explained Nate chooses Belle over Tracy in a rash decision.
He said: "Yeah I think it's out of the pureness of the heart, it's selfless for Belle but selfish that Tracy and the baby are at back of his head."
Jurell explained Nate hasn't fully considered the implications of the sacrafice, as he could spend years behind bars, miles away from his family.
He said: "I think he has thought it through so-so as he mentions about his clean record and first offence so yes, in that respect.
"But in terms of his life, career, family situation, he hasn't thought it through.
"He mentions that if he takes the rap then Belle doesn't have to go down. He initially thinks because it's his first offence and he's pleading guilty, he thinks it's months rather than years."
Nate's decision will also drive a wedge through his relationship with Tracy, as she wonders whether their blossoming romance can survive the betrayal.
Jurell said: "Tracy is very family orientated but she will view it as selfish as there's a baby and he could be going down for a long time."
The soap star also touched on the holes in Nate's relationship with Tracy, as the two launched into parenthood before fully getting to know one another romantically.
He said: "How they got together was slow-burning but as time has developed and they have shared important moments, they have started to fall for each other.
"But they don't really know each other well yet – but I think there's a long way to go."
Can Tracy and Nate's relationship survive the distance if he gets sent behind bars?
Emmerdale airs on weekdays at 7pm on ITV, with a second helping on Thursdays at 8pm.
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