So how does Karl feel when Craig goes missing and leaves a note apologising to Dev?
Karl is getting incredibly nervous. Whenever he sees Craig and Dev together it really panics him and he’s desperate to know what’s going on between them. The letter makes him seriously jumpy as there’s now some form of written evidence for other people to read into.
Jason has started making hints to Karl that he suspects something’s not quite right between Karl and Craig. What effect does this have?
Karl doesn’t find Jason as unnerving as Dev and Craig. There are huge pangs of guilt where Dev’s concerned for taking away Sunita, who was the mother of his children.
But Karl just hates Jason with a passion, and Jason despises Karl too, so I think Karl just feels more wound up by Jason’s presence than threatened by it. Jason knows exactly how to wind Karl up, especially where Stella is concerned. Karl’s insanely jealous of Jason because he’s young, good looking and had an affair with Stella. I think Karl will always feel that way for as long as he lives.
Is Stella detecting something’s not quite right and that Karl’s up to something?
Well she does actually say a few things to him about him acting strangely, but Karl just denies it. I don’t think he’s worried about Stella in that way. On the whole, she’s being lovely to him so he’s really not concerned.
But how does he feel when Jason accuses him of starting the fire in front of everyone in the Rovers?
Nervous, but at the same time he believes people will just think Jason’s being an idiot and is out to get Karl. It does wind Karl up, but he’s very good at covering.
Would he flee if it became clear that the truth was going to come out before he managed to get Stella up the aisle?
Karl’s become quite dangerous and he’s a massive gambler. I think he would gamble that the odds are not good, but the need to get the ring on Stella’s finger outweighs that desire to flee. Once he’s married her, then he can leave the Street with her in tow.