EastEnders has released a trailer teasing storylines for spring and summer, and there is much to discuss.
In just over three minutes we’re treated toa fast-paced barrage of fights, feuds, new faces, old faces and some genuine shocks that we did not see coming.
So here’s a quick breakdown of the things that caught our attention…
JACK IS IN PRISON
Clearly the bad blood between Mr Branning and Matthew’s real dad Charlie Cotton turns violent, as Jack is in a cell having given his enemy a beating, confirmed by a glimpse of Charlie’s face covered in cuts and bruises. Jack then seems to be planning to flee the country with the kids in an effort to keep his family together.
WHITNEY LOSES THE PLOT
There’s more woe for Whitney following Lee’s divorce demand – she looks as if she’s self-harming, as well as glamming up (with some very dodgy hair extensions) and throwing herself at Woody and – inevitably – Mick Carter when he returns. We even hear Mick growl “I missed you…” Are EastEnders really going to go there despite Danny Dyer’s pleas not to make his character a cheat?
MICK’S GOT RAGE
As well as a potential affair with his daughter-in-law (please, no. Just no), Mick’s homecoming looks loaded with drama as he flips at Shirley and tells Max to stay away, presumably having discovered Mr Branning manipulated Shirl into selling the Vic’s freehold. We’re very excited about a Max Vs Mick summer smackdown. Who’s your money on?
STEVEN IS A STALKER
We’ve long thought Steven Beale was not to be trusted, despite his daddy day care act – remember this is the guy who stalked his dad pretending to be his dead mother and shot his stepmum. This summer it seems he’s back to being the black sheep of the Beales as his jealousy over Lauren’s work colleague Josh intensifies to the point where he’s tracking his girlfriend’s every move and continuing to prick hols in condoms – and in a very quick moment we’ve already paused a hundred times, throwing Abi up against a wall. Is he about to hit her or kiss her?
The misery is set to continue for beleaguered Dee – she really doesn’t look well as she’s seen bumping into Cora Cross at a food bank before fainting flat out on the floor. Who can save Ms Fox?
MAX AND CARMEL ARE A THING
It’s been hinted at already but the two redheads are very close in the trailer, though clearly it’s all about Max’s secret agenda with the council planning department where Carmel has just scored a job. How does she fit into Max and the Weyland corporation’s mysterious agenda?
SIMON WILLIAMS IS BACK
Talking of the Weyland weirdness, Simon Williams is back! Since making one appearance back in January when his (unnamed) character shared a scene with Max at the top of the Shard, talking cryptically about their masterplan, he’s never been seen again – until now. Hiding in a swanky car parked outside the Vic, will his presence in the Square reveal more about what Weyland is up to?
BEX IS PREGNANT (POSSIBLY)
She’s certainly purchasing a pregnancy test, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for her. But soaps do love a teenage pregnancy, so might her and Shakil be arguing over baby names this summer? If Shakil is the daddy that is. And if Bex is buying the test for someone else, who could that be? Louise?
THE NEW FAMILIES KNOW EACH OTHER
The trailer gives a first glimpse of the Murrays – the elderly couple played by TV legends Christopher Timothy and Maggie Steed – and recently-announced new family the Taylors, and it’s clear they know (and hate) each other. There’s also a hint of the Murrays’ secret as Joyce berates Ted for bringing a strange box to their new house, despite telling him to “leave the past in the past…” What’s in the box, Ted? As for the Taylors, they immediately clash with Stacey and Sharon and look as grubby and noisy as we suspected…
IS DOT DEAD?
Worryingly, one of the last shots we see is Dot collapsing in her kitchen and lying unconscious with no one there to save her. Why has she passed out? Is is serious? Sonia is also seen looking very concerned in the back of an ambulance – has she come back because Mrs B is on death’s door?
LOADS OF CHARACTERS ARE COMING BACK
So we’ve seen Mick and Sonia (and Simon Williams), but that’s not all – Robbie Jackson, Linda Carter and Yolande Trueman are all back in Walford (Robbie’s in a suit!). Looks like a sizzling summer ahead in Albert Square…
Watch the trailer below and visit our EastEnders page for more Walford gossip.