Coronation Street character Shona Ramsey is reportedly shot and ends up in a coma during a Christmas gun rampage as actress Julia Goulding is going on maternity leave.
The character, who is married to David Platt (Jack P Shepherd), will reportedly be gunned down on Christmas Day during a fight between loan shark Gary Windass (Mikey North) and Derek Milligan (Craig Els).
The Coronation Street cast and crew are said to have already been filming the dramatic hospital scenes, which will see Shona's husband David devastated, naturally.
A source told the Sun: "It’s an exciting storyline, with tensions running sky-high.
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"There is always a battle between Corrie and rival BBC1 soap [EastEnders] to see who can have the most extreme Christmas day episode and ITV producers have pulled out all the stops to bring in the most viewing figures.
"It's a risky storyline touching on gun crime, but it breaks the mould and will have fans talking."
Meanwhile, another source told the publication that Shona will be left fighting to survive in a coma while her distraught family waits to see what happens.
Actress Julie is expecting her first child with her husband, Ben Silver.
With Shona in a coma, though, could her maternity leave turn into a more permanent exit?
Corrie producer Iain MacLeod recently defended bringing a gun into Weatherfield, despite the controversial nature of it.
Speaking to Daily Star Online and other press at a Christmas preview event this week, Iain said: "There is a view that Coronation Street should embrace guns at its peril – ultimately, famously, Ernie Bishop was killed with a shotgun many years ago, so it's not like this is the first time we've done anything to this scale.
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"Equally, Coronation Street, and indeed Britain generally, has a responsibility to be cautious about how it portrays violence and not to be seen to be sensationalising it, I guess.
"You always sit down when anyone produces a weapon or threatens any kind of deadly force and have a think about what we really want to do.
"But ultimately, this story, as it was pitched, felt so exciting and right – that evolution of Gary's journey. It felt motivated and exciting, rather than gratuitous and unhelpful."
Coronation Street continues Friday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV
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