In a huge hate-crime-exploring storyline by Coronation Street, the young couple were targeted because of Nina’s (played by Mollie Gallagher) goth style, with Corey Brent (Maximus Evans) and Kelly Neelan (Millie Gibson) initially making jokes about her look, before things escalated and they – along with a few other teenagers – chased them before starting a savage physical assault.
Wednesday’s episode saw them both being thrown to the ground and kicked, and the next thing, their relatives were told to head to the hospital to be with them.
Nina’s uncle Roy Cropper (David Neilson), who is usually private, displayed a touching display of emotion towards Nina.
Watching her in the hospital bed, he said: “I much prefer my own company but after Hayley, I didn’t enjoy being on my own so much.
“I’ve had a number of house guests since – people seeking refuge for whatever reason. On the whole, I’ve enjoyed the company but inevitably they leave after they’ve repaired, recovered, recuperated – they leave.
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Speaking to Express.co.uk and other publications, Sophie’s mother, Sylvia, talked about how she has been working with the soap to explore the plot.
“You can imagine, can’t you? You’re sat there one day, Wednesday afternoon and you get an email from Coronation Street that says ‘we’d like to speak to you’.
“You can’t believe it really.” She also talked about how she had spoken to Nina actress Mollie.
“It was lovely to speak to Mollie, and to see also that she’s actually quite alternative herself when she’s not playing Nina.
“Interestingly, people have taken Nina to their hearts, and that’s lovely to see.
“People are looking behind the image, behind the clothes, and are seeing the person.
Talking about the moving scenes to come, Sylvia was asked about her initial reaction when she found out her daughter Sophie had been attacked. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “Why on earth would somebody want to attack that girl, who was so pleasant, so kind, so caring?
“It just didn’t make any sense. And I think that’s your initial reaction.”
With the episode ending on Seb taking a turn for the worst, is it possible he may not recover from the horrific ordeal?
And if Seb was to die, what would this mean for both Abi and Nina?
Viewers were quick to respond to the tragic episode, with one taking to Twitter to write: “This second episode of #Corrie has been done beautifully. The script. The direction. Just everything. An incredibly powerful and emotional half hour of television.”
Another said: “Was a heart wrenching scene when roy was talking to nina.” (sic)
“Tonight’s #Corrie was intense but also very real life! Love Nina’s character too!”
Whatever happens, viewers will be hoping to see the attackers brought to justice.
Coronation Street continues on Friday at 8p on ITV.