Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby has spoken out about the reaction to the recent storyline which saw Seb Franklin die after being attacked by Corey Brent (Maximus Evans).
In heartbreaking scenes, Seb (Harry Visinoni) was jumped on by Corey and his pals and ended up in hospital along with his girlfriend Nina Lucas.
Nina (Mollie Gallagher) survived her injuries, but Seb sadly died – leaving Nina and his mother Abi (Sally Carman) in absolute bits.
Harriet’s character Summer Spellman has also been left distraught from the ordeal, as she was present on the night of the attack but left the scene when things started to get serious.
Speaking to press including The Mirror, Harriet said that her character is certainly feeling guilty.
“I think that each character kind of reacted differently to the events of what happened that night, whether it was grief or guilt or regret,” the 22-year-old soap star explained.
“I think Summer definitely… none of them have been coping well… and I think Summer falls into that category as well.
“She has quite a strong moral code that she doesn’t like to stray from and I think that she feels guilty about leaving before she could help, so I think she feels as though she was partly to blame for what happened because she didn’t stay and stop something that she could see turning a bit sour,” Harriet continued.
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“She should be proud of the fact that she noticed something was happening that she didn’t want to be involved in, so left, but I think actually the way she thinks about it is, ‘if I had stayed I could have maybe prevented something from happening, maybe something would have happened different’, so I think she feels guilty about not staying.”
Commenting on how Corrie fans have reacted to the storyline, Harriet said: “I think a lot of people feel quite sorry for Summer. Obviously the reaction has been insane from the storyline and I think it’s made quite a lot of people think and have those difficult conversations, but I think watching Summer battle with this guilt, I think people feel quite sorry for her.”
She added of her character: “I think Summer is quite a sweet kid and she’s got wrapped up in this horrible situation, that from what I can see, viewers feel quite sorry for her.
“Like I said earlier, every character has taken something away from that night and I think the effect on everyone has made her think twice about situations that she’s in.
“It’s quite sad really, to think that everyone will go away from that night thinking, ‘that wasn’t fun, that wasn’t having a laugh with your mates’, it was quite damaging, they were the people who I trusted.”
Coronation Street airs Mondays and Wednesdays 7.30pm and 8.30pm with an hour long episode at 7.30 on Fridays on ITV