Coronation Street fans have been left bemused after watching Nick Tilsley narrowly escape death after the soap stalwart became trapped in quicksand.
The character was rescued from drowning at the last minute in Wednesday night's episode. However, it had been widely expected that these would be actor Ben Price's last scenes as Nick, as he revealed he would be leaving the soap this year.
The actor also previously said he was "surprised" at his exit storyline, leading viewers to conclude that the unorthodox quicksand plot would be his last one after seven years on the show.
Nick's chances of rescue are sinking fast as a thrilling week of #Corrie continues. Tonight 9pm, @ITV pic.twitter.com/SKls6Y1c00— ITV (@ITV) May 31, 2017
Viewers saw Nick fighting for his life after becoming stuck in quicksand with the tide rising around him. Luckily, he was discovered by Peter Barlow and Steve McDonald, who managed to get emergency services to intervene in the nick of time.
Corrie fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the drama unfolding, with some saying they were feeling "a tad disappointed".
#Corrie well not gonna lie, a tad disappointed that nick never sank!! Applause to Daniel, acting was amazing. 👋👋— Tracey teeg (@theteeger) May 31, 2017
I can't believe Nick survived being in quicksand @itvcorrie #Corrie #CoronationStreet 🤷♀️— 😎Rebecca Hannett😜 (@RebeccaHannett1) May 31, 2017
The disappointment when you learn nick doesn't die... #corrie the character is so whiney.. The actor is good though pic.twitter.com/TyrotDQADp— Katie Randall (@katierandall03) May 31, 2017
Nick's not dead. My disappointment weighs on me like a troop of slightly overweight elephants #corrie #coronationstreet @itvcorrie— TV Addict (@TVAddict666) May 31, 2017
well that was a disappointment thought Nick was going to die tonight #Corrie— sally-ann kimmince (@skimmince82) May 31, 2017
So... after all the "Is Nick going to die?" (In Corrie), the answer would appear to be "No".— Steve (@Steve_Irv) May 31, 2017
However, some viewers were glad that Nick was saved.
So glad Nick didn't die via watery grave with Peter looking on! I'm still not over Kylie's death. That would have been too much! #Corrie— soulstrenth crusader (@soulstrenth) June 1, 2017
So happy they didn't kill Nick off on Corrie, although I know he's leaving there's always room to come back now😍😍— Bec (@beckygillxo) June 1, 2017
Nick Lives 🎉🎉🎉— NickTAppreciation (@CorrieNickT) June 1, 2017
Wednesday night's show came amid a week of major plot twists in Weatherfield, including the return of Denise Osbourne (Denise Black) and the revelation that her son Daniel (Rob Mallard) tried to kill Ken Barlow.
The drama continues on Coronation Street continues on Thursday, and it looks like there's tension between Nick Tilsley and fiancée Leanne Battersby after his near-death experience.
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