CORONATION Street star Ian Bartholomew has lifted the lid on what will happen to his evil character Geoff Metcalfe.
The abuser coercively controlled and bullied his wife Yasmeen Nazir to breaking point on the ITV soap.
And now, actor Ian, 65, has hinted that Geoff may not get the ending he truly deserves following months of torment.
When asked if show bosses have an obligation to give Geoff his comeuppance, Ian explained to What’s On TV: “No I don’t, actually.
“It would be very satisfying for Geoff to get his comeuppance, and in a way this is a morality tale, and when things like that happen on TV, we want good outcomes. But life isn’t always like that.
“So when I say, ‘No, I don’t want him to get his comeuppance,’ well yes of course I do and, in one way or another, he will – although I’m not going to say how or when.
“But if you tie things up too neatly, you let an audience off the hook. And if you let an audience off the hook, the story then becomes ‘Oh good, he got what he deserves and we don’t have to worry it about any more’.”
He added: “If you leave it ambiguous, to a degree where people say ‘Why didn’t that happen? He should’ve had this, that and the other’, it keeps it in people’s minds.
“With the story that we’re trying to tell, it’s very important that we keep it in the front of people’s minds, because it has to stop.”
Corrie bosses recently confirmed the storyline would last until the end of the year – removing all hope Yasmeen’s ordeal would soon be over.
The shutdown has elongated that timeline meaning viewers could be waiting until Christmas for Yasmeen to be safe.
Iain MacLeod told HOAR Online: “The timelines have been shunted due to the lockdown but I think it’s fair to imagine that it will be this year.
“What form that comeuppance is is in discussion. We wanted a redemptive ending for Yasmeen obviously and the toughest it’s going to get for her is over the next months.
“It’s towards the end of the year but the key thing is to impart the right message. For the sake of the people it has impacted we have to tell the right ending with some positivity.”