Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew) has been abusing Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King) for quite some time now in Coronation Street, and fans want nothing more than for the sinister character to get his comeuppance — something we now know he will receive, prior to his exit later in the year.
Recent episodes saw Geoff bully and berate Yasmeen to a whole new degree, and — feeling like a cornered animal — she lashed out and stabbed him. The abuser managed to survive the attack, and therefore Yasmeen has found herself in trouble with the police.
Being a master manipulator, Geoff managed to convince all those around him that he’s the victim of this situation, but Corrie boss Iain MacLeod confirmed that the character will exit later in the year.
However, don’t expect a redemption arc for the sick abuser, as the executive producer was determined to ensure that the coercive control narrative receive the correct and most truthful ending.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Iain said: ‘Typically abusers of this type do not get better so it would be dangerous to redeem Geoff and god willing anyone as evil as Geoff could change, but most cases don’t see the perpetrator just changing the error of their ways.’
‘I would never want to give any real abusers in the world an opportunity to say “well look at Geoff, he can change his life around.” It would be a dangerous position to say that the abuser in the story is better when in most realities they aren’t.’
Viewers will just have to wait to see how the storyline reaches its end, but — as noted earlier — Iain reckons it’ll be later in the year.
He said: ‘The timelines have been shunted due to the lockdown but I think it’s fair to imagine that it will be this year. What form that comeuppance is is in discussion.’
‘We wanted a redemptive ending for Yasmeen obviously and the toughest it’s going to get for her is over the next months. It’s towards the end of the year but the key thing is to impart the right message. For the sake of the people it has impacted we have to tell the right ending with some positivity.’
Coronation Street continues Friday 8 May at 7:30pm on ITV.
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