Executive Producer Iain MacLeod explained to press, including Express.co.uk, the repercussions of the Christmas Day shooting will have far-reaching consequences for Gary.
The soap boss said: “One thing he’s never been nor is he still in my mind an out and out murderer. To my mind, he’s not Phelan.
“He never intended Rana to die and Rick he killed to some degree in self-defence, but mostly because I think he genuinely believed if he left Rick at large in the world, he would go home and kill Sarah.
“Those were the worst things I think he’s capable of,” he added, before teasing what’s to come from the villainous character.