While there are some huge shockwaves to follow, Soap Scoop ponders what life in Yorkshire will be like without Carl.
Firstly it could be less romantic for a while. Starting with Chloe Atkinson and ending with Megan Macey, Carl has had many a one-night stand. And despite some of his underhand schemes, he even couldn't help seducing a female police officer, Detective Grace Barraclough.
Secondly, the crime rate might fall a bit. Only a short while after arriving in the village, Carl accidentally killed Paul Marsden by throwing a spanner at him on some scaffolding.
Two years later, he murdered his own father Tom King by pushing him through his bedroom window in one of Emmerdale's most sensational storylines of recent years.
As the following clip demonstrates, Carl never possessed a good sense of humour, and didn't suffer any fools gladly.
However, he could also play the hero, most impressively last year when he saved the elderly Betty Eagleton from the fire in Victoria Cottage. Surely nobody can describe a man capable of such selfless bravery as evil.
Despite his womanising ways, the past few months have gone to prove that Carl was a one-woman man. His increasing obsession with winning back Chas Dingle culminated in a meltdown, with him evicting his loyal brother Jimmy and sister-in-law Nicola from their home while blackmailing Chas over her affair with Cameron.
While his "indestructible" delusion sadly cost him his life, Carl King's legacy will live on in Emmerdale for months, maybe years to come.
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