Carla (Alison King) is to be left reeling in next week's episodes of Corrie when she realises that Peter (Chris Gascoyne) can't be responsible for the murder of Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan).
The Underworld boss will be seen rushing to Peter's deathbed after he overdoses on illicit prison booze. But when Peter assures Carla that he knows she killed Tina, and will take her secret to the grave and accept the blame himself, Carla’s stunned.
Confiding in Michelle, Carla realises that if Peter didn’t kill Tina then her murderer is still at large? Here, actress Alison King tells us what Carla plans to do with her new-found information...
How has Carla been coping since Peter was arrested and sent to prison?
Carla’s been trying so desperately to move on, but obviously she’s really struggling because everything is so up in the air. She’s still reeling from what Peter did and now that he’s in prison she’s having to get her head round the fact that Peter supposedly killed Tina too. In a way she’s finding it easier with him not being there, but at the same time, she has a huge sadness that all of this has happened and that Peter is in prison for a girl’s murder.
Would she like to wash her hands of him?
She’s finding it easier to pretend he doesn’t exist with him now in prison and not pestering her on the Street. But at the same time - it’s Peter. She hates him with a passion for what he’s done to her and blames him entirely for losing the baby and she’ll never get over that. She’s all over the place.
So how does she react when she hears that Peter is critically ill?
It really throws her. She’s completely taken aback when Beth tells her that Peter’s in hospital - it’s a bolt from the blue. I think she’s been concentrating so much on the factory and putting Peter out of her mind that this news brings her crashing down. Carla confides in Rob and tells him that she can’t help but be concerned for Peter - it’s almost a knee-jerk reaction when she hears he’s in trouble.
Ken begs her to visit Peter to lift his spirits, while Rob is desperate that she doesn’t – does she feel torn?
When she tells Rob that she’s really concerned for Peter, he tells her to go on holiday and says he’ll l mind the factory so she can go abroad for a bit. Carla is tempted by this, but as soon as Ken begs her to visit him, she’s swayed the other way. Carla knows that emotionally it will be the worst thing for her to go and see him, but she also knows that she would never forgive herself if anything happened to him and she hadn’t been to visit.
Does Rob’s argument that she shouldn’t go make any sense to her?
Yes, absolutely. She knows he’s right when he says that the best way to really move on is to cut herself off from him completely. At this point, she has no reason to believe that Rob has any other reason to put her off other than the fact that he hates Peter and is looking out for his sister. I think the turning point for Carla is when she hears that Peter is in intensive care and might not make it through. She knows what she has to do.