Coronation Street spoilers: Sharon to ‘kill’ Rita as fans question return ‘Protect Rita’

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Loyal viewers of the ITV soap will have recognised Sharon Bentley (played by Tracie Bennett), who was last in Coronation Street back in 1999. As the foster daughter of one of the cobbles’ most loved residents, Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox), long-term fans are concerned for Rita’s welfare now that the troubled woman is back on-screen, but could Sharon go as far as to kill the Corrie legend?

Many fans speculated Sharon would be after Rita’s money, but the plot seemingly quashed this at the end of Wednesday’s episode after the returnee unveiled a £10,000 cheque she said was for her foster mum.

But could this be a cover-up to halt the suspicions of Jenny Connor (Sally Ann Matthews) and Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell)?

It would appear Sharon is definitely up to something, as she was known for her scheming and has waltzed back into Weatherfield out of nowhere.

Previously known as Sharon Gaskell, Rita and Len’s (Peter Adamson) foster daughter made her first appearance on screens in 1982.

Years later she returned, hoping to invite Rita to her wedding.

Her husband-to-be, Ian Bentley (Jonathan Guy Lewis), had cheated on her and she left him at the altar, but she eventually did marry him.

She ended up selling The Kabin back to her foster mother, and the two have been estranged ever since.

Viewers were quick to raise their suspicions following her surprise return on Wednesday, which saw her telling Rita she had reformed since battling cancer.

“She’s had cancer. That could be a lie Rita you are falling into Sharon’s trap. Jenny and Gemma are looking out for you with good intention #Corrie,” one concerned person wrote.

Another said: “Don’t trust Sharon one bit, Rita shouldn’t either!#corrie.”

Many others also took to Twitter to talk about what Sharon could be up to, but their concerns lay with Rita.

One said: “Protect Rita at all costs #corrie.”

“We must protect Queen Rita #Corrie,” another person echoed.

Another sceptical viewer said: “Rita the Gullible #Corrie.”

Others were thinking the same, with one more writing: “We’ve got to protect Rita #corrie @itvcorrie.”

Although she insisted she had changed and presented her foster mother with a generous cheque, it’s possible it could all be part of her plan to gain Rita’s trust.

Gemma said she thought the cheque would bounce as she and Jenny speculated about what she could be up to.

With no contact made with Rita in decades, it’s definitely suspicious she has returned after nominating her for a local award out of the blue.

Is she hoping to win Rita over before betraying her?

Sharon could be after Rita’s money if she isn’t actually as wealthy as she’s making herself out to be.

She knows Rita has some finances to her name and could be wanting to get close with her so she’ll be added to Rita’s will, guaranteeing that she’ll inherit a fortune from her foster mother when she dies.

Or has Sharon genuinely changed for the better, and returned with honest intentions to make amends? Fans don’t seem to think so.

Coronation Street continues on Friday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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