Tonight, it was revealed that Gary Windass (Mikey North) was the one who sabotaged the Underworld factory roof, killing Rana (Bhavna Limbachia).
After being held hostage by loan shark Rick Neelan (Greg Wood) things didn’t look good for his survival, and we saw him leave what he thought would be his last message to Sarah Platt (Tina O’Brien).
He came out of the bloody miraculously mostly unscathed, but it was that message to Sarah that was nearly his undoing.
In that message was his confession to being Rana’s killer, and although he deleted the message and the people of Weatherfield don’t know yet, we as viewers certainly do.
Although Gary has been getting into trouble with Rick, he doesn’t seem to be a bad man at heart. But why did he do it, and will he face the consequences?
Why did Gary kill Rana?
It turns out, the ‘murder’ plot against Rana wasn’t that at all. Rather, a moment of madness on Gary’s part to try and get a job.
Mikey North, who plays Gary, told Metro.co.uk the character’s motives for the collapse: ‘He was desperate for work, he and Sarah were sleeping on air beds at the Platts and Gary couldn’t get any work, then there was Carla sitting on the fact that the factory roof needed fixing.
‘It wasn’t going to fall down any time soon but Gary thought if he could speed up that process he’d force her hand into getting the work done sooner. He damaged the roof a bit more, intending to hurry things along, but it still wouldn’t have come down if Gina and Sally hadn’t been up on it protesting.
‘He didn’t expect anyone to be in the building at the weekend when he tampered with it and he certainly never intended for anyone to get hurt. He was just desperate to get some work, but like always with Gary he does something in the heat of the moment then is left paying the price.’
Will Gary Windass go to prison?
Mikey continues, saying: ‘I don’t think Gary has any intention of being caught for a long time yet and he won’t go down without a fight that’s for sure. The stakes are high now for Gary and he’s got nothing to lose.’
So, even if he does see retribution for his crime, it’s not likely to be swift.
In the coming weeks, we’ll see Nick remaining suspect number one, and Gary becoming even more embroiled in Rick’s money-lending business.
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