Wednesday, 15 June 2011

John Stape - what next?

(This post was originally posted by Seapenguin on the Coronation Street Blog August, 2010, reposted to this blog with permission.)

"All he wanted to do was teach" - and look where he is now. Think on, anyone doing a B.Ed. or whatever they are nowadays.

I know some people can't stand Coronation Street's John Stape, but I'm a fan and I'm always hoping for more developments. I enjoyed the odd - very odd! - glimpses we had of him while Fiz was in Majorca, propping up the Rover's bar in a filthy debauched stupor.

And lately when he's "snapped" and lost his temper there have been flashes of a really sinister Stape, which is genuinely giving me the willies. If Fiz hadn't returned and announced her pregnancy - and didn't Stape's desperate grin look almost maniacal when he heard - he was heading for hell in a handcart. Now, he says that he'll be content to be a family man and clean toilets or whatever, but I can't see that lasting more than five seconds. Where is this going? Will he be able to cope with the knowledge that Fiz is blithely running up knickers on top of Fishwick's corpse? Is he capable of feeling guilt, or just self pity? And is Fiz going to put up with him, or pack her bags once and for all?

Until recently, the general opinion seemed to be that Stape would end up under "the tram". Due to his nefarious doings, there seemed to be no other way forward for him - if you can call being mashed under a tram a way forward. Others have suggested that he might redeem himself by rescuing someone from the wreckage. Personally, I've no idea how this will evolve, but I'm hoping they can spin it out for a bit longer and keep Stape in Corrie.

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