Millions of viewers across the UK were shocked tonight when they tuned into Coronation Street, with Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre) finally allowing Andy an escape – but not the one he wanted. Forcing his victim to shoot Vinny Ashford dead before taking the gun off him and murdering him straight after, Phelan dumped the duo’s bodies in a lake at a deserted mill.
Speaking about the scenes, the actor commented: “Phelan has been promising the world to Andy but he is two, three steps ahead. The Vinny problem has evaporated and it was in that moment that Phelan realised how easy it is to solve a problem. As soon as he got the gun off Andy, he registered, ‘two birds, one stone.’ He saw that opportunity and he is the architect of his own downfall. And now Nicola’s gone, that was a catalyst as well, he’s really at a dangerous moment.”
Asked if this is the “beginning of the end” for his character, McIntyre replied: “No question, this is the pebble that starts the avalanche.”
He also teased upcoming weeks, and when asked if anybody on the Street was safe he said: “No. He never forgets, Vinny is a classic example. Remember the last scene in The Rovers, “best day ever,” now what does that mean…? That’s where you see the danger.”
Though he says Phelan had never planned to kill Andy, he did say that it was an opportunity that presented itself in a moment he could never have predicted.
He teased of justice for those he has seen killed: “While we run up to that [justice], whenever that is, Pat Phelan is now a very dangerous person. Now he’s crossed the rubicon whereas before he would go to great lengths, for example the cellar, complicating things. The journey towards his comeuppance will be very lively I’m sure, because now he has a direct root to solving problems.”
Coronation Street continues throughout the week on ITV.
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