Coronation Streets Gail Platt dies in major soap disaster as sinkhole revisited?

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Last year, a sinkhole appeared in the Platt family’s garden, but the story hasn’t ended there. In a Coronation Street plot said to be big enough to complete with the 2010 tram crash, the ITV soap has confirmed one popular cobbles resident will meet their end at the hands of the sinkhole. But who could it be? With the Platt home being affected last time, it’s possible a bigger sinkhole could re-emerge. Gail (played by Helen Worth) abruptly left Weatherfield earlier this year, but is likely to make a return from her long break. Could tragedy strike once Gail is back, sealing her fate as the character who will be killed?

Abi Franklin actress Sally Carman commented on the upcoming storyline.

“It’s going to be so big it will rival the tram crash. You’re going to have your socks blown off.”

Coronation Street boss Iain Macleod left fans in further suspense, adding: “We don’t have Chekhov’s gun in our stories but we do have Chekhov’s sinkhole.

“We’ve tried to look at the last 12 months and the limited way in which all soaps have been forced to tell their stories, and try to subvert that and go ‘we’re back’.

“It’s going to be really huge – there’s loads of emotion, there’s loads of big spectacle – it’s going to be cinematic.”

Speaking to The Mirror, he continued: “It’s a statement of intent that we wanted, as a show, to put out there – to make something we couldn’t possibly have made in the past 18 months because the pandemic wouldn’t allow it.

“But we’re back now, our team is the best in the business and we can do it and we’re going to do it and it’s going to be incredibly impressive.”

“When you do a story of a certain scale and at a certain level of spectacle the viewers expect there to be significant aftermath to it and significant outcomes.”

Teasing further, Iain continued: “So yes, I can confirm that Chekhov’s sinkhole will result in a death.”

Gail is bound to come back to the Street soon, with her family still there.

The long-term character has been part of the soap since 1974, so her death would come as a huge loss to Coronation Street.

Gail claimed she needed a break a few months ago after explaining she’d been chronically stressed over her children Nick Tilsley (Ben Price), Sarah Platt (Tina O’Brien) and David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd).

But it wasn’t believed to be a permanent move, and the iconic character is likely to return soon.

It’s possible Gail comes home, feeling refreshed after months away, and finds herself at the centre of a major disaster.

Last September, David, Sarah, Shona Platt (Julia Goulding) and Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) had been enjoying a day in the garden, preparing for a barbecue, when the ground shook and a giant sinkhole appeared.

At the time, Sarah asked: “What shall we do?” and David replied: “I’ve not exactly got a manual on what to do if the gates of hell open up in your back garden.”

The soap’s last disaster plot was the tram crash, which saw two popular characters killed off.

When the train derailed and collided into the street, Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold) and Molly Dobbs (Vicky Binns) died.

It came as part of the soap’s 50th anniversary celebration in December 2010.

With the sinkhole tragedy set to mark the end of the pandemic, it’s safe to assume it could be just as explosive as the tram disaster.

No names have been teased as to who might become the victim of the sinkhole, but with Gail potentially leaving the show after a long break, and the sinkhole being at the Platt’s house, it seems likely it could be her.

Gail has been a classic character for decades, with the Platt matriarch being the fourth longest running character in the soap.

Ken Barlow (William Roache), Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire) and Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox) are the longest-serving residents.

Now that fans know the story is being revisited, speculation will probably begin as to how and when the catastrophe will unfold.

Could this be Gail’s final exit from the soap?

Coronation Street continues on Monday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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