The police are to swoop onto Coronation Street next week and arrest Tracy Barlow on suspicion of murder.
Tracy will find herself behind bars after confessing to Carla that she caused the recent fire at Victoria Court that claimed the lives of Kal Nazir and Maddie Heath.
The pair will slug it out on the precipice of a quarry (more on that here) and following the fight, Tracy will be left on pins, wondering whether Carla has shopped her to the police. But the Underworld factory boss proves unexpectedly reluctant to dob Tracy in. So why is this the case?
“It’s to do with Amy and Ken,” says Alison King, who plays Carla. “She realises what the fallout would be. It would be the easiest thing in the world to tell people. But, of course, Tracy would deny it all anyway. But Carla is finally pushed to the edge in the pub and tells everyone it was Tracy.”
In the end, it isn’t Carla who rings the police, but someone very close to her. “Yes, it’s Nick who calls the police after Carla tells him what Tracy told her,” adds King.
But Tracy – who has always been a quick thinker in a time of crisis – looks set to find a way to worm out of the accusations. Her ploy is to tell the investigating officers that she only confessed to starting the fire in order to prevent Carla from committing suicide. So how would Carla reach if Tracy walks free?
“She’ll be angry but, for Carla, it’s much more about knowing that she didn’t do it. And as long as she knows and the people that matter to her know, then that’s more important to her than Tracy being punished.”
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