Coronation Street fans have slammed the ‘miserable’ Christmas episode after Robert Preston was killed and Shona Platt was shot.
Derek Milligan went on a drunken shooting spree on the cobbles after Gary Windass ruined his life by kidnapping him and forcing him to miss his children at Christmas.
The hour-long episode saw Robert die after being denied a chance of meeting his child by vengeful ex Michelle Connor’s scheming, while Shona was left fighting for her life in hospital.
Derek had stormed into the Rovers determined to kill Gary and tried to take everyone hostage.
“Where’s Gary Windass?” he demanded to know repeatedly before pulling the gun out he had stolen from Gary’s shop.
Forced into action Gary tried to get Derek to give up the gun and let everyone go.
He told him: “I’ve seen guns like that before – it’s antique, decommissioned. It’s not going to fire so do us a favour and give it here. I was a soldier remember so I know guns.”
Turning around Derek fired the gun through the window of the Rovers not realising Robert Preston was about to walk through it.
Robert stumbled off bleeding heavily and trying to call for help but was left clutching the stuffed animal he had bought for his newborn baby son.
Inside the Rovers, Gary tried goading Derek into shooting Ali Neeson before drawing him out of the pub and towards the Winter Wonderland.
Gary said: “Use it on him, I’ll have you before you can reload it. You’ll be doing me a favour, he’s after my girlfriend. He’s even more of a loser than you are.”
The pair ran off to the Winter Wonderland and fought where the gun went off and shot Shona who was hiding in a box.
In the struggle Gary knocked Derek off the Heater Skelter and he plunged to his death on the cobbles.
Shona was then rushed to hospital where she would need an operation to save her life, but viewers were depressed by the misery in the episode.
One said: “The scriptwriters continue to make us all feel miserable at #Christmas #misery #CoronationStreet”
A second said: “Well that shooting was crappy in #CoronationStreet”
Another said: “What is this Christmas monstrosity?!! #Corrie @itvcorrie”
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