WITH two murders under his belt, Stephen Reid is becoming just as blood-thirsty as he is money-hungry.
The villain could be bumped up to the rank of serial killer next week as his next victim is revealed in Coronation Street.
The struggling businessman portrayed by Canadian actor Todd Boyce has become a growing cause for concern in Weatherfield.
Upon his first arrival, however, he immediately caught the eye of Elaine Metcalfe (Paula Wilcox) who has been pining over him for months.
Meanwhile, Stephen turned his own sights to his own targets – Yasmeen Nazir (who, unfortunately for him, is already committed to Stu Carpenter) and Jenny Connor.
But romance hasn’t been the main thing on his mind as he’s mostly been desperate to save himself from bankruptcy.
In most recent scenes, Stephen hatched a plan to get revenge on Underworld boss Carla Connor as he spiked her cups of tea with liquid LSD – before everything backfired on him.
While Stephen has been busy wreaking havoc in the ITV cobbles, Elaine has remained supportive and patient, determined to get her hands on the man of her dreams.
Her wishes seemingly became a reality when Stephen agreed to move in with her and even get (secretly) engaged.
But in scenes due to air next week, things could slowly be taking a murderous turn for Elaine as she’s blissfully unaware that Stephen has also murdered both Leo and Teddy Thompkins when they got too close to the truth behind his schemes.
It all begins when Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) sees a picture of a country cottage on his mother’s laptop, hinting that she may be looking to move away from the Street.
The cabbie’s suspicions are confirmed when Elaine reveals that, after moving into the Redbank apartment she’d been wanting, she’s looking at properties in the countryside.
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This all stems from her taking Stephen’s advice as they’ll be spending a substantial amount of time away from the cobbles.
Tim has also been suspicious of Stephen’s true motives with his mother and struggles to be happy for Elaine.
Instead, his worries grow – is he on to Stephen?
Could Elaine be given a similar fate to Leo and Teddy?
Or will Stephen spare her?
Coronation Street airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8pm on ITV.