Things are set to get really dark really quickly for David Platt, with the Coronation Street star turning violent when he mercilessly attacks Billy Meyhew’s brother Lee next week.
In shocking scenes, the cobbles’ favourite and his new friend Josh Tucker wreak their revenge on the heroin addict, who took Sarah Platt hostage in 2016.
David was forced to swoop in and rescue his big sister after Lee tried to make Billy cough up £1,000 for her release.
And desperately unhappy to see that he’s returned to the street, David and Josh take Lee to a garage where they brutally beat him in scenes to be screened next Friday.
But once David (played by Jack P Shepherd) leaves, Josh threatens Lee with a tyre iron before finally letting him go.
The coming month is set to be one of the most challenging David has faced.
The hairdresser gets raped by Josh after a drunken night out. And while the actual attack won’t be shown, the soap will follow David’s anger, shame and confusion as he struggles to come to terms with what happened.
And his dad Martin Platt (Sean Wilson) will return to the street to support his son – 12 years after he left.
And he’ll be bringing his pregnant girlfriend Robyn with him.
"Martin was always a womaniser and that didn’t stop when he left Weatherfield all those years ago," a source told The Sun.
"He’s moved on from everything that happened on the street and built a new life for himself and that includes a new family."
Last month actor Sean, who plays Martin, once said there was no way he’d return to the ITV soap over bosses’ "rudeness" to him when he was axed back in 2005.
But the 52-year-old star, who played Martin from 1985 until a falling out with soap chiefs 20 years later, has signed up for more episodes as the ex-husband of Gail and father of David Platt.
At the time of his axing, Sean had protested against a storyline in which his character had an affair with an underage girl.
He refused to film the scenes and left the soap under a black cloud.
"I will act again – but never with Coronation Street," he said at the time.
"They were very rude to me when I left. I would rather walk down any other street even if I had a nail in my shoe."
Since then, Sean has appeared in several British TV series, including minor roles in Casualty, Doctors, Silent Witness and Dalziel And Pascoe.
He also signed up to the very first series of Dancing On Ice in 2006 and was voted out in sixth place.
In 2009 he blasted Corrie once again for trying to make him do the controversial storyline, which would have ended with Martin Platt in jail.
"I didn’t think they gave me as much respect as my 21 years on the show deserved. They would have to be very persuasive if they wanted me back," he told This Is Nottingham.
Since then, Sean has trained as a chef and launched a successful business as an award-winning cheesemaker.
But it seems the call of the cobbles was too strong to resist, and Sean will return for just a handful of episodes as part of David Platt’s heartbreaking male rape storyline.
A Corrie insider told Mirror Online that it was the soap’s decision to approach him first.
"Sean was asked if he would like to return for three episodes and he readily agreed," they added.