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Fair City actor John Cronin says 'Karma's a bitch' after evil Will is killed off

"You could say that Will died doing what he loved, insulting people.”
Hughie is stunned to find Will dead

Hughie is stunned to find Will dead

Eugene Masterson

Actor John Cronin admits Fair City bad boy Will Casey got what was coming to him after the scheming nurse was killed.

Viewers last night saw Lee Collins attack Will in Bosco’s house, on the orders of Ger Lynch.

Ger was out for revenge after her daughter, Haley Collins, was mugged by Will.

It led to brothers Lee and Darragh Collins force entry into Bosco’s house, where they confronted Will.

“Will's overconfidence often trips him up and in this case it proves to be his fatal flaw,” explains John, who played Will.

The community reels as Wills body is removed

The community reels as Wills body is removed

“ He always thinks he's smarter than everyone and that he will be able to manipulate/intimidate/talk his way out of any scrape. He has too much contempt for Ger and the lads to be afraid of them. He doesn't think that Ger would have him killed and he is right because that's not the intention. It's his own big mouth that gets him killed in that he winds Lee up to the point that he loses control. You could say that Will died doing what he loved, insulting people.”

The Dublin actor admits it had been a blast playing manipulative Will.

“It's been a lot of fun,” he said.

"Playing the villain always is. Of course there have been times, particularly in the domestic abuse storyline, when the material got quite dark, but the actors were always able to pull together and help each other through.

And mostly the storylines I've had with so many twists and turns and trickery have been really enjoyable to film. And knowing that Will was getting such a strong reaction from the viewers only made it more fun.”

Will had been found not guilty of domestic violence and false imprisonment involving his former partner Cristiano and John admits Will was on borrowed time.

Lee loses control and hits Will

Lee loses control and hits Will

“I think that it made for some really good storylines that Will was acquitted and tried to rehabilitate himself, but at the end of the day there has to be justice. It didn't come in a court of law in this instance, it came in the community as Will was not allowed to shake off his past and was isolated personally and professionally.

"Will's refusal to acknowledge any mistake and to atone and learn from it meant that he could never get a fresh start and in the end it's all of his own faults and his own lies that catch up to him. Karma's a bitch!!.”

He's naturally sad to see his character go.

“I've enjoyed playing the character and I had to find things to like in Will even if nobody else could! I'm sad for him that he didn't achieve any redemption but at the end of the day he didn't do enough to deserve it! And I do believe that as a soap/TV character he has had a fantastic journey and it has been a great storyline to go out on.”

As to what his favourite moment involving Will was: “Very hard to say. There's been barnstorming rows with Mairead and epic battles with Damien which have been brilliant then there's been great times spent with Phoebe when it was her and Will against the world and of course happier times in the early days with Cristiano before the darkness took over. I don't think I can pick one....”

He does not think Will’s family and Cristiano will be too remorseful for his death.

Ger is appalled when Lee and Darragh confess to killing Will

Ger is appalled when Lee and Darragh confess to killing Will

“I don't think so,” he said. “I hope not. I think they all tried their best at different times with Will and they all showed a willingness to forgive him. They gave him chance after chance. All of the demons that brought Will down came from within himself. I don't think there's much that his family or Cris could have done differently that would have saved him and at the end of the day they all had to make the decision to step away and protect themselves from his chaos.”

Mairead didn't answer his call. She and Phoebe will be free of him and his manipulative behaviour, what impact will Will's death have on them?

“Well it will certainly make Mairead's life easier,” he points out. “Will had never really allowed her to move on and never accepted her new life with Damien. She will be sad I'm sure as she is a good person and did love Will at one time but I think she had left those feelings far behind and will see things now more as a Mum in terms of Phoebe's welfare.

“Sad to say that Phoebe too is probably better off without him in the long run because he had certainly damaged her by dragging her into his conflicts. It will of course be very difficult for Phoebe to come to terms with Will's death in the short term but she will have good support and in time she will be okay.”

On Sunday night viewers will see Hughie search for Will after he tells Bosco he is concerned he has not heard from him

"Will," he calls upstairs as he enters the house.

In the hall, Hughie sees blood and broken glass on the floor.

He slowly turns around. Walking into the front room, the full horror of what has happened hits him.

Over in the Hungry Pig, Darragh and Lee are on a collision course.

"I'm ready now... to tell them," says Lee.

"What are you on about?" asks Darragh.

"I'm turning myself in," Lee replies.

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