Coronation Street villain Pat Phelan fears that he will die in dramatic new scenes which could see him buried along with the two men he caused the deaths of – Andy Carver and Vinny Ashford. As Phelan realises that the bodies will be unearthed when the lake is drained, he works through the night shifting the corpses into a column in the foundations of the mill.
However, as it fills with cement, Phelan drops his phone and climbs in – only to become trapped as the cement rises. Things then get even worse when scaffolding collapses and knocks him unconscious. Actor Connor McIntyre, who plays him, has now admitted that his alter ego is finally losing control and believes this is the end.
He shared: ‘Phelan gets the bodies out of the water, drags them across planks and across staging to get them in to this footings so it’s a proper night’s work. It’s a real job to get it done but at that point he thinks that the job is done.
‘He has just text Eileen to say he is on his way then puts his phone down for a second but then she phones at that moment and it starts vibrating on the plank. Just as he gets there to it, it drops in. He climbs in because it is not that full by then, not realising that once he is in he actually can’t get out.
‘To see him in that moment he thinks, wow this could be it. He is incredulous. In the same poetic ways that the bodies are going, he is going to be entombed in the concrete as well!’
Despite the weather being awful for the location scenes, Connor revealed that he loved filming them and admitted that the scenes are a lot more chilling this time as Phelan has actually planned to get to this point, whereas the initial murders were not as pre-meditated.
And as an exit approaches for the villain, Connor reckons that it is his occasional flashes of conscience which make Phelan such an engaging baddie. He mused: ‘The writers and the storyliners have done such a great job of walking this very fine line, he’s a dangerous narcissist and psychopath.
‘If you can make a character like that and still have sympathy from large proportions of the viewing public who believe that inside there there is a good man fighting to get out because there are moments of real decency.
‘He’s got a moral compass at some points and his love for Eileen is true but that only exists in it’s own special place because we can see what he is when somebody gets in his way or when he perceives somebody trying to derail his plans.’
Show boss Kate Oates recently promised an exit that will see Phelan go out with a bang.