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Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod has vowed that murderer Corey Brent's story arc is far from over as the soaps's iconic October super soap week approaches.
Corey recently escaped justice at the hands of the court system for the murder of Seb Franklin, with Kelly Neelan going to prison in his place.
But it looks like Seb's mum Abi is out for revenge as she manages to get her hands on a gun to face down Corey herself. And despite her own hatred for Corey, Nina is desperate to stop Abi doing something stupid and goes after her.
In spite of the tense situation facing the cobbles, Iain MacLeod has promised that it's not the end of Corey's story.
Speaking to Daily Star and other publications, Iain confessed: "[Corey's] story has been possibly the biggest story of the year. I think the actors involved are stellar and have been throughout.
"I think the story has made some important points about kindness and the world we live in today, but equally, I think it occupies an area that lends itself to a big, dramatic week with a high octane chapter in it."
He added: "I should say, it's not the end of the story. But it felt like we had to do something of this scale with this story in [super soap week]. It would have felt weird not to have our biggest story in our biggest week.
"When we designed the [hate crime] story probably a couple of years ago now, there was always a chapter in it where the people most affected by what Corey had done would have a huge opportunity to exact revenge, and then a huge battle to have with their own consciences about the right way to proceed."
Iain went on: "So this week, and the detail of this week, have been in the pipeline for longer than even the sinkhole."
And Corey isn't the only villain who will be making a comeback during the week, as drug lord Harvey is also out for revenge.
Iain explained: "Harvey was in my original [plan] for this week.
"I think Will [Mellor] is a fantastically good actor. I don't think many people have seen him in a role like this one before, but he's incredibly scary, an incredibly plausible Salford gangster."
He teased: "He's at large. Nobody knows what he's capable of or what he's planning to do. Insert him into this incredibly dramatic backdrop we've created and the end result is fairly chilling."
And with one character set to meet their end, Iain teased plenty of unexpected twists and turns, confirming: "We have a big stunt planned that will centre around the sinkhole in the Platt family’s back garden. And that will result in a death.
"Deaths only really work if it’s somebody that you really care about and it’s going to be somebody that viewers know and love."
He added: "It's got loads of twists in it. It’s got some stuff in there which I think you’ll never see coming – which is, for my money, always the best thing in a soap or in any drama.
"Stuff that makes you go, 'What have they just done?' – and there’s lots of that in there."
But whether Corey lives to tell the tale or meets his sticky end this week and his legacy goes on to torment the cobbles, only time will tell.
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.
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