(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog January 2013, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Am I the only Coronation Street fan shouting at the telly this week: "Oi! Carla! Anna! Leave Roy alone!"?
The aftermath of Hayley's death, for me, has been more emotional and difficult to watch than the episodes in which she took her own life. Just as in real life, once the shock has passed of a loved one dying, the enormity of what has happened sinks in, the reality hits home. And in Coronation Street, Roy is dealing with the death of his soul-mate as best as he can, and in his own way. He takes comfort from the order and precision in the list that Hayley
has left for him, even though his heart is in pieces and his mind is in
But Carla and Anna and everyone else, have other ideas. They want Roy to deal with his grief in a way that makes sense to them - not to him.
Everyone complains that Roy is working in the cafe on the day after after Hayley dies. Nick tells Leanne he can't understand why Roy is washing the windows in the cafe. But we, as fans, know exactly why Roy is doing all of these things. It's distraction from the hurt and the guilt and the anger he feels at Hayley leaving him in the way she has chosen to do. It's Roy's way of coping with something he can not comprehend. He needs order, calm and quiet.
It's credit to Corrie that we as fans know Roy better than the other characters on the Street do. We understand and know Roy. We know him better - and we've known him longer - than Carla and Anna, even Fiz. This is Roy we're dealing with, he's different, he's special, he doesn't want to be hugged. He doesn't want fuss. And it comes as no surprise to read he plans to boycott Hayley's funeral.
The world turns. And Roy will deal with Hayley's death in the way that makes best sense to him. It breaks my heart that they won't leave him alone to grieve and cope in the way he needs to do.
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