Coronation Street fans believe they know the identity of the brand new super-villain who will wreak havoc in the coming months.
Corrie bosses have revealed an established character will be "corrupted" and transform into a "complicated villainous presence on the cobbles".
The popular character will be responsible for knocking down the factory and killing a much-loved resident in explosive scenes hitting screens in March.
This will be no flash in the pan as the writers are laying the foundations for the villain to torture their neighbours for years.
Viewers are convinced they have worked out who the villain is after Wednesday night’s episodes – and his first victim was a family member.
Is Nick Tilsley the new Corrie super-villain?
That is a lot of cash to have in a gym bag
- Coronation Street’s ‘vile’ Nick Tilsley revealed to have stolen Audrey’s £80k savings
They reckon Nick Tilsley, who was shockingly revealed as the thief who stole Audrey Roberts’ £80,000 savings, will become the long-standing super-villain.
Corrie fans were left seething with rage this evening as Audrey’s grandson opened up his gym bag to reveal bundles of lovely cash.
The factory owner has been brazenly lying to Audrey, making out that the culprit is actually her dead partner Lewis Archer.
Corrie fans took to Twitter with their theories about ‘nasty’ Nick.
One viewer said: "We all knew that Nick took the money! But why? Is he going to be the new villain this year?"
"Watch this space. Nick will be the new #corrie villain," added another.
A third said: "Aww no why make nick a bad guy I love him"
Nick has stolen from his own gran
After spending the day at Lewis’ funeral, Nick headed home with the cash – but realised he had a problem.
He told Leanne that Claudia had been accused of stealing the money and spoke about how she would keep it.
Nick said: "That’s the challenge, isn’t it? Laundering it and making it look legit."
Nick has blamed Lewis for stealing the money
If Nick is the new Corrie villain, as fans have predicted, then he will gradually descend into evil after causing the factory roof to collapse on one unfortunate resident.
New boss Iain McLeod revealed: "No one flicks a switch in this character’s head that makes them bad. It happens organically through desperation and through corruption of their original intentions. It’s about small choices that can force you into a role that you never saw for yourself.
"The commissioning editor, Hugh, said ‘it’s like the Godfather’. I would never presume to ever compare what we do with one of the greatest films of all time but in terms of the genesis of those characters, it has some similarities."
Underworld will be at the centre of a devastating tragedy
The new villain will be very different to evil Pat Phelan and Richard Hillman, who very quickly wracked up the body count.
Iain added: "Corrie can have baddies who come in, burn bright and then are gone, but also a more long-range type, like Mike Baldwin, who is ruthless and self-serving and rides roughshod over everybody.
"We’re designing a character who is more of that latter type, who can stay in the show forever as an antagonist just messing up everyone’s lives. We’re going with this character on this journey, you go in seeing their intentions were good but things rapidly snowball.
"By the end of 2019 there will be a new, complicated villainous presence on the cobbles."
*Coronation Street airs on Friday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV
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