Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Coronation Street has a new evil villain taking centre stage in the show, as Corey Brent continues to use lies and manipulation to stay out of trouble for Seb Franklin's murder.
Viewers watched in horror last week as Corey led the gang of thugs who brutally attacked Seb and Nina Lucas. The young couple was left fighting for their lives and Seb later passed away in hospital.
Since then, Corey has outsmarted Kelly Neelan by giving the police a full statement and pinning the blame for Seb's murder on her.
Every soap villain has a shelf life, though, so we're rounding up everything we know about Corey's inevitable downfall.
When will Corey Brent be caught out?
While Corrie hasn't given away exact details over Corey's downfall just yet, there are already some clues for us to go on.
When the show first announced the Nina and Seb hate crime storyline in April, Corrie's producer Iain MacLeod confirmed that fans will ultimately see "an optimistic outcome emerge from the traumatic attack".
This would seem to indicate that a fitting ending is on the cards in the long-term, which must surely involve Corey and the other perpetrators being brought to justice.
Those who like a speedy conclusion may just have to be patient, though, as the storyline is expected to play out for a long while yet.
MacLeod has confirmed that the plot will run "across the rest of the year and beyond, with many twists and turns".
Maximus Evans, who plays Corey, has also suggested that it's a better storytelling decision to keep his character around in Weatherfield for a while.
He recently told Digital Spy and other media: "I think what Corrie does best is their ability to drag out these storylines so you can give the full awareness as to what we're trying to promote.
"With a character like Corey, it would be interesting if he was around for a while – especially so the younger viewers can sense the brutality of the story and how these devils are walking around us and look exactly like us.
"I hope that he gets his comeuppance, as does everybody. I definitely at the moment am the most hated man in Manchester, so I'd like to see him get his comeuppance – it just depends how and when."
How involved was Corey in Seb's death?
Much of the attack against Nina and Seb took place off-screen, which was partly because the physical scenes would have been difficult to film with social distancing rules in place.
This has also created some ambiguity on-screen over what really happened on the night of the attack and who was most involved. Corey's conversations with Kelly, even when they're alone together, appear to have been deliberately written in a way that keeps viewers guessing.
In Wednesday night's episodes (May 12), Corey took some advice from his father Stefan and went to the police with his version of events.
Corey claimed that Kelly was the one who led the attack, which appeared to be backed up by the evidence. However, Kelly seemed visibly stunned by the allegations and protested that Corey was lying.
Maximus Evans, who plays Corey, recently suggested that Corrie should use on-screen flashbacks in the future to put viewers fully in the picture.
He told Digital Spy and other media: "Obviously it was very interesting because, with COVID, we've had to change the way that we work on set – especially the two metre rule, which is a very vital thing.
"So it was hard ultimately and I praise Harry and Mollie for their convincing beatings, without anyone there to do the kicking.
"I hope that in the future we do see the full extent of the attack, just to add to that sense of reality and how brutal it truly is."
Coronation Street spoilers – what's next for Corey and Kelly?
Corrie has confirmed that the next chapter of this storyline will see Corey's girlfriend Asha Alahan attempt to bring him to justice.
Next week, Asha continues to defend Corey, despite everyone else in Weatherfield being disgusted with him after Nina and Seb's attack.
When Aadi confronts Asha over this, she explains that she's only pretending to take Corey's side in the hope that she'll gain his trust and he'll slip up by revealing the truth.
Although Corey is now living with his dad again, Asha keeps in touch with him in order to win him over.
Meanwhile, there may be tough times ahead for Kelly's foster parents Imran Habeeb and Toyah Battersby as her mother Laura makes it clear that she wants her back.
In this Friday's episode, Laura calls at the flat and vows that Kelly is coming to live with her as soon as she has been released from police custody. Will Laura get her wish?
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7.30pm on ITV.
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Anyone who has witnessed or experienced a hate crime is urged to call the police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the True Vision website. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Coronation Street has worked on the current storyline alongside The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which was set up to challenge prejudices and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures, and extend UK hate crime legislation, following the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007.
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