(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog September 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Who thinks Todd will bring down Phelan? And who thinks Todd will just wind Phelan up even more than he already does?
My own view is that Phelan is such a good baddie, the best one we've had in Coronation Street for a very long time, in fact he's too good a baddie to let go. Therefore, my guess is that Corrie will want to keep Phelan going for as long as possible. But, in soap, all baddies must get their comeuppance so there has to be a natural arc to Phelan's storyline which will see him leave one day. In theory, any way...
Next week on Coronation Street, we'll see Todd try to back off from his partnership with Pat and Vinny. He does this to try to save his relationship with Billy, which I believe, is worth fighting for.
Connor McIntyre, who plays Pat Phelan says this about Phelan finding out about Todd wanting to pull out of the scam: "Phelan is extremely anxious for two reasons. First of all, that rocks the whole boat with Eileen. Also, we know there's history between Phelan and Vinny. Phelan knows that Todd pulling out represents real dangers in terms of Vinny just saying, ‘I’m going to kill him.’ Now, for Phelan, that would wreck the whole deck of cards also, so he's very anxious.
"Phelan tries to persuade Todd on two fronts. Firstly, he hits Todd where his soft spot is, which is Eileen and Jason. He says, ‘This is about your mum getting something for herself’ and about Jason’s investment being at stake. Then, of course, he offers to pay for Billy’s charity trip to get Billy on side, so he's hitting him on every front really".
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