Coronation Street fans are sure they've finally rumbled Curtis Delamere's sinister motive for appearing on the cobbles and growing close to Steve McDonald's daughter Emma Brooker.
Last week, Curtis dropped a shock proposal on his girlfriend Emma, insisting he wanted to drop out of medical school to spend more time with her amid his apparently terminal heart condition.
Curtis has also managed to secure Steve's savings to look into a private consultant – but, rather than only wanting to rinse the family for all they've got, viewers at home have worked out a rather more intricate connection to Steve and Tracy.
They reckon Curtis could be the secret son of Charlie Stubbs – the man Steve's girlfriend Tracy Barlow murdered with an ornament in 2007.
Villain Charlie got up to all sorts of nefarious schemes during his time on the Street, including his mistreatment of Shelley Unwin and attempts to drown David Platt.
His evil behaviour eventually led to Tracy being imprisoned for the crime of murdering Charlie, before eventually returning to the cobbles upon her release.
But fans think he might have left a legacy far greater, as Curtis might be his son looking to exact revenge on the Barlow-McDonald family for the death of his dad.
Taking to Facebook to air their theories, one fan posted: "What if Curtis is something to do with Charlie Stubbs (the man Tracy Barlow killed?) He is always extremely charming to Tracy – what if there is a connection?"
Though some fans argued Curtis would be too old to be Shelley's son, they reckon he could have been from one of Charlie's previous relationships, agreeing: "Charlie Stubbs was a womanizer and was known to have illegitimate children, so it’s entirely possible!"
Someone else said: "Probably, as Emmerdale did a similar story with Cain's son who returned for revenge."
"Maybe he's a son Shelley gave up for adoption that no-one else knows about," another fan theorised, while a fifth echoed: "Could have been in London when she was a teenager!"
Another followed up: "Oooh I love a conspiracy theory. It's got legs though."
Whatever Curtis' plans in Weatherfield, fans are convinced he is faking his potentially fatal illness after spotting several clues that hint he has never actually had to see a doctor.
He's been rushed to hospital several times on-screen, but viewers have never actually seen him speaking to a medical professional.
As soon as Curtis left the hospital ward last week, Curtis was adamant that no one else except Emma's dad Steve was to know – and he was furious when nurse Aggie found out about his illness.
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30pm on ITV.
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