Coronation Street fans rejoiced this evening as Nicola Rubenstein’s fate was revealed – she’s alive!
However she was less than happy this Gary after discovering that he was responsible for bringing her murderous father back to Weatherfield.
Nicola had accidentally been shot by Phelan after he returned to No. 11 and began waving his gun around.
Viewers feared the worst after Nicola appeared to be on the brink of death.
However they breathed a sigh of relief when Nicola was seen in the hospital, alive and breathing.
One tweeted: "Yessssssssss Nicola is alive praise the lord."
While another commented: "Glad to see Nicola is okay @nicolathorp_ #Corrie."
A third remarked: "I’m just so happy that Nicola is awake and talking!!"
This comes after psychotic builder Pat, who claimed four victims during his time on the cobbles, was killed by arch nemesis Anna after she plunged a knife into his chest on Friday.
Despite shooting both his daughter and Michelle Connor, Phelan was the only person to be carried away in a body bag.
Phelan, played by actor Connor McIntyre, was at breaking point tonight after realising that he had shot daughter Nicola.
In a panic, he carried his unconscious daughter to the bistro to force someone to help him. However, Phelan also ended up trapped and took bride Michelle hostage.
But, after bursting into the kitchen with Michelle he found himself face-to-face with enemy Anna, who stabbed him. Phelan, however, wasn’t done and pulled the trigger on his gun and Michelle was shot.
As Phelan slid to the floor, he tried to get the last laugh by pulling the knife out and ensuring Anna was banged up for his murder.
However, the homicidal builder hadn’t bet on Michelle insisting that she would tell the police that Anna had done it in self-defence.
Anna then stood over him triumphantly as the light faded from his eyes and whispered that she had won.
Actor Connor reckons Phelan’s death was a fitting end to his reign of terror.
"The viewers deserve that pay off because love him or hate him, we’ve taken them on a fine year odyssey and we’ve frustrated them, entertained them and delighted them in equal measure so it had to reach a conclusion," he said. "And I also feel it had to be conclusive because it had to square the circle in terms of the Anna story; she had to be involved to put those scales in balance.
"The next baddie, whoever that may be or whatever form that may take, needs to get on with their business instead of it being about whether Phelan is still around."
During his time on the cobbles, Phelan murdered Luke Britton and Andy Carver in cold blood. Meanwhile he watched Michael Rodwell suffer a heart attack and die and forced Andy to kill Vinny Ashford.
Asked what it had been like to film, he said: "Great, it was filmed over two full weeks. Pat Phelan is at his most formidable when he is quiet but the physical stuff is part of him too, that’s the explosion with him that imminates from.
"Whitehaven was interesting because I am terrified of heights but I had worked with the crew before and had trust in them but I was hanging on the edge going, ‘I’m glad there’s a rescue boat down there.’"
So will he miss playing the notorious baddie?
"I am never going to escape him, am I? And I am very happy about all of that. But miss playing him? Sure, he is a treat isn’t he and he offers up so many possibilities," Connor replied.
"But working in my studio, The Alamo, will help with that, I am sure. And I am signed up for the Manchester panto so me and Les Dennis will be playing the ugly sisters in Cinderella – what a beautiful counterpoint and the perfect antidote."
*Coronation Street returns on Monday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV
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