Coronation Street fans have been left slightly confused after watching stalwart Nick Tilsley narrowly escape death.
The character, played by Ben Price, was rescued from drowning in quicksand at the last moment in Wednesday night’s episode.
But after Ben previously revealed plans to leave the ITV soap this year, viewers were surprised to see him pull through what looked to be his final scene.
So... after all the "Is Nick going to die?" (In Corrie), the answer would appear to be "No".— Steve (@Steve_Irv) May 31, 2017
Some were even disappointed by Nick’s last-minute rescue as he was pulled to safety by coastguards, following his argument on the beach with fiancee Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) on Tuesday.
Nick first appeared in the ITV show in 1981 and has been played by Ben, 45, since 2009.
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 (William Roache).
Nick Davison summarised: “I think that was the best episode of @itvcorrie I have seen for a very long time. #Corrie.”
Coronation Street continues on ITV on Thursday at 9pm.