In Coronation Street, the battle between assassin Stephen Reid (Todd Boyce) and Underworld leader Carla Barlow (Alison King) has officially begun.
Even while it might seem like Stephen has the upper hand right now, Carla plans to strike back in forthcoming episodes.
Since being back in Weatherfield, Stephen has been wreaking havoc on the streets. Now that he has two dead bodies on his hands, Stephen has turned his attention to taking down Carla.
Rufus, a misogynist businessman, came close to closing a transaction, but Carla grabbed it out from under him, claiming that anything created in her factory on her time was actually her property.
After already being humiliated by the Underworld leader in front of a former business associate, Dick Haversham, this was the last straw for Stephen.
In an unforeseen turn of circumstances, Stephen was able to obtain a vial of LSD, and his plan quickly came to fruition.
Recently, viewers have witnessed Stephen add the hallucinogen to Carla’s drink in an effort to make people believe that her psychosis has returned.
After the factory roof collapsed in 2019, Carla experienced a mental episode.
Carla felt responsible and was unable to cope with the guilt when Rana Habeeb was killed and Sally Metcalfe (Sally Dynevor) was hurt.
Carla was able to obtain counselling and get her life back on track with the assistance of lover Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne).
Stephen had made the decision to incorporate Carla’s prior mental health issues into his strategy after learning about them in a conversation with Sarah Platt (Tina O’Brien).
Actor Todd Boyce remarked, “This is to get her out of the way of the business.”
He only needs to mobilise them and convince them that she is not qualified for the position because he is aware that there are 50 centres that own stock in the company.
The ultimate purpose of Stephen is to permanently remove Carla from Underworld so that he may take control.
However, Carla’s resistance could cause everything to go wrong.
Carla first made the decision to take a few days off after realising her symptoms. She soon recovers, though, and is prepared to return to work, effectively upending Stephen’s entire strategy.
She sends Peter to the factory to get some files, and while there, he tells Stephen the terrible news.
It seems that Stephen won’t give up so easy and will seize the moment while he can.
He personally delivers the paperwork to Carla’s apartment while also hiding another LSD dose in her drink.
Peter decides to call the doctor when Carla begins to feel dizzy and disoriented as the medication begins to work.
Will Stephen be allowed to carry out his evil plan or will medical intervention reveal what he is up to?