Coronation Street boss, Iain MacLeod, has teased a new upcoming "dark" storyline between murderer Stephen Reid and Carla Connor.
The upcoming plot will see "psychological warfare" between Stephen andCarla at Underworld as the cobbles killer gets competitive with the latter.
Viewers will recall that Stephen murdered Leo Thompkins last year and only recently tried to kill the latter's father, Teddy, in hospital after he was hit by a speeding van.
Teasing what's next for the cobbles murderer, Iain said: "Stephen sees his first step back on the ladder to the top of the international rag trade as getting a gig in Underworld and toppling current queen of the pile – Carla.
"Psychological warfare begins between those two, freighted with knowledge on the viewers part that Stephen’s killed someone, so when Carla belittles Stephen and makes him make the tea, undercutting him in front of the clients, she is unwittingly poking the hornet’s nest.
"At some point all the hornets do come out, but probably not in the way you expect."
He added: "If anyone predicts what Stephen does to Carla, I’ll eat my hat! His plan is so out there and dark that I’d be incredibly surprised if anyone spots it coming over the hill."
Elsewhere on the cobbles in 2023, Iain has revealed a "huge" storyline for the ITV soap's teen cast.
The upcoming plot is hoping to "shock a bit" and "provoke awkward conversations in front of the TV".
Iain added that Coronation Street is working with charities to make sure they get the "detail right" and will showcase the "superstar" young actors the ITV soap has.
He said: "There’s a huge story we can tell with them right at the heart of it, very relatable and very teenage. We’re hoping it’s the kind of story that shocks a bit and provokes awkward conversations in front of the TV.
"There is a cross generational appeal of Corrie, as younger people might sit and watch it with their nana.
"This story I think will encourage conversations you’d never normally have in that cross generational way because its tricky tonal territory. I’m pleased with it.
"We’re working with charities to make sure we get the detail right and fundamentally its just about those brilliant young actors being the superstars they are, then reaching out into the wider street through people who are connected to them."
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