Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Is Billy the Vicar a Coronation Street killer?


The Sun (so please take this with the usual pinch of salt) says this week that the lovely Billy Mayhew is going to be exposed as the person who killed Susan Barlow.

Say what?

I know!

In the news article in the tabloid, it says that Billy will confess he killed Susan Barlow after it had previously been thought she had died in a tragic motorway accident in 2001.

Susan Barlow, you'll remember, was Peter Barlow's twin sister who married Ken's nemesis Mike Baldwin.  She is Adam Barlow's mother.

From The Sun.... "But in shock scenes to air in the coming weeks, Billy finally admits his guilt and confesses to Todd Grimshaw he has lived with the secret for years – sparking fury and heartbreak which will build to become a major Christmas storyline."

Mr Curry Sauce tells The Sun: “Billy is one of the nicest men on the Street, and fans see him as a mild-mannered voice of reason in amongst all the chaos. But in the coming weeks, fans will discover there is much more to Billy than previously thought – and he’s been harbouring a dark secret. For 16 years he’s been wracked by guilt knowing that he killed Susan, and finally things come to a head as he reveals to Todd he caused the accident when she died. It’s heartbreaking for him, and he tells how he now has to suffer the agony of living alongside the family he caused so much pain to all those years ago.

A spokeswoman for the show is quoted in The Sun saying: “We do not comment on storyline speculation.”


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15 comments:

Tvor said...

Good grief. How old was he? 12? "caused the accident" has the media turning into a murderer, a killer, and all that. Hardly. So for all that history that says everyone "thought" she died in a car crash, she still did, actually. I really despair. all this sensational guff drives me crazy. Never mind the rewriting of history.

Maricha said...

It's not that it would be impossible. His ex looked like he was in his forties which, if they're about the same age, would make Billy in his mid twenties back then, it's that it's just writing anything as long as it shocks.
I don't particularly like Billy and thought the way he treated Sean when he decided he liked Todd better spoke volumes about his lack of character but this makes no sense at all.
If this was true why hasn't even a hint of guilt appeared when he was around Adam or other Barlows and why would he take it upon himself to steal what he thought was Adam's money to help the factory workers? After killing someone's mother you wouldn't feel in a position to judge their behavior.

Anonymous said...

Yet another murderer integrated into the community as a normal flawed human being. Emily Bishop is spinning in her grave, unless of course she was the one ordered that hit on Ernest staged as a robbery.

Flo said...

I just don't understand the need to give every character a backstory that is linked to another in some sinister way. Ugh.

Tilly Flop said...

No. Please say this isn't so. I really love Billy. And Todd. And together I think they make a wonderful couple. I also love seeing their struggles as new parts to a teenager, never the easiest of things at the best of times. A huge noooo from me

Humpty Dumpty said...

I don't care much for Billy. He's always seemed very bland and this feels like an exercise in making him more interesting. Similar thing happened with Robert when we discovered he used to take drugs. Cue a Q and A 'interview' (as above with the actress playing Shona) to explain Billy's murky past.

Rebecca said...

Ditto What Tvor or said.

Anonymous said...

Ok. I geddit. You don't like these Q&A interviews. Also, we can't have every character lots and boisterous, like Gemma.b we need the quieter characters to ballade it out xx

Louby said...

The script writers should consider what happened to Brookside when they bring in more and more sensationalised storylines.

I agree with anon, some ordinary characters are needed for balance. Not everyone needs skeletons in their closet.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:13 --- Emily spinning in her grave? Huh? Is she dead?

Anonymous said...

I don't really understand how this is any more sensational than plenty of other stories for the last 30 years? I like it. They've played with Billy's darker side before and I felt a little disappointed when it turned out it was just that he had a dodgy brother. Felt like there was some unfulfilled promise there and I'm glad to see them fleshing his past out like this. As for history, I don't see why this interferes with the established vague-ness of Susan's death.

Scott Willison said...

Leaving the ludicrous levels of contrived-ness involved in this, how long has Billy lived a couple of doors down from the Barlows and shown absolutely *no* levels of guilt or emotion over it? A man of God with a firm moral compass who's just, you know, forgotten to mention his guilt to Ken or Tracy or Peter or Adam. Doesn't sound like he's been "wracked with guilt" to me. Even Ernie Bishop's killer confessed to Emily who he was when he found out she was in the street, and he was a flat out murderer.

Anonymous said...

OH PLEASE! this is utter nonesense!

Anonymous said...

So the guilt of being responsible for Susan's death is what led Billy to be a vicar? Oh please!
It makes Billy and Todd wanting Sarah to tell the truth about Callum's murder make them seem all the more hyporcritical as he himself did the same and showed no remorse and I'm sure Todd will keep quiet just as he did about Callum's murder when he thought Sarah did it but did want her to go to the police when he thought David killed Callum.

Rona Rempel said...

Emily Bishop isn't dead.

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