So there we have it. Kal is no more and it's not looking good for Maddie. Following the slowest rescue in history, Carla, Amy and Leanne survive to fight another day on the cobbles. Who knows what happened to all the other Victoria Court residents, and who cares?
We are now left with the fallout from an eventful few days on Coronation Street. Old rivalries start to re-emerge, cracks appear in once strong relationships, and a tangled web of lies dominates the Street. Zeedan is left heartbroken at the loss of his dad Kal, making orphans of him and his sister Alya. But a surprising relationship will emerge out of the fire, as Zeedan and Leanne strike up a friendship, which comes about as Leanne struggles with Simon's behaviour. The upcoming domestic abuse storyline involving Leanne and Simon has been well publicised but Zeedan's involvement in helping her through her ordeal is a surprising twist, although the Coronation Street blog understands it will go no further than friendship.
With Maddie now in a serious condition in hospital, Jenny is hoping her actions this week will remain a secret. But what of baby Tom, and her plan to run away with Jack? The lies and revelations of her dead child will continue for a while longer, but will Maddie ever be able to warn Kevin and Sophie before it's too late? A voicemail left on Sophie's phone amid all the panic might just give the game away. I asked actress Sally Ann Matthews how she felt about the character descending into what can only be described as 'madness', and how that might affect the longevity of her character. She said she didn't really acknowledge that Jenny wasn't 'normal' at first:
"When I got the scripts I didn't really think about her being mad, or abnormal, and I don't think when she came back on the Street she was. I just took the scripts and played them the best way I could as the story progressed, without thinking about whether she was mad or not. But now we all see she definitely has issues and we'll see all that come out.'
"I don't believe that she's planned any of this. Jenny was very reluctant to look after Jack, you have to remember that."
Producer Stuart Blackburn told the blog that the resulting storyline following Maddie's accident and Jenny's deception will lead to a 'coming of age' period for Sophie Wesbter, as she and her family come to terms with the aftermath of the fire.
As Tracy tries to cover her tracks and ensure the blame for the fire stays at Carla's charred door, the lies and deceit spread throughout the street. But some lies have now been, or are about the be exposed. Tony has gone AWOL but will return to face the wrath of Liz and fight for control of the Rovers. Gavin's secret is still to be revealed, and with the whole family implicated, the Platt household is set for a bumpy ride, even more so now we've seen that Kylie is back. The custody battle for Max will continue, but who will side with who? There's some sad news for Nick too, as Erika loses the baby.
During all of this drama, we'll lose some cast members and gain a few, and we'll say a final goodbye to a much loved character. It's going to be emotional!
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