It’s been widely reported that Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman) will be eating his last turkey dinner this Christmas Day, but who is going to be responsible for his untimely demise?
With a queue of enemies that could stretch around Albert Square, it’s hard to figure out just what will happen on the big day, but bookmakers Ladbrokes have given odds of 2/1 that Derek’s niece Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) will be the one with blood on her hands.
The odds make her the likeliest candidate, with Derek dying by his own hands coming in second at 4/1. Other possible perpetrators include Alfie Moon and Tanya Cross (each at 7/1), Lucy Beale (8/1) and Max and Alice Branning both at 10/1.
In recent weeks, viewers have seen Derek becoming instrumental in splitting up the fledgling relationship between cousins Lauren and Joey (David Witts), who happens to be Derek’s son. Derek is also one of the prime contenders in the running to be Kat’s mystery lover and is harbouring a guilty secret of Max’s that is set to be exposed over Christmas. EastEnders recently revealed that Joey will reveal a shocking secret at Derek’s funeral in early January that will leave Alice (Jasmyn Banks) reeling.