EastEnders star Danny Dyer has promised that justice will be served this Christmas when his character Mick Carter finds about wife Linda’s rape.
Says the actor in the new issue of Radio Times: “The audience will know that the bomb is going to go off – but they’ll be asking themselves: ‘How big is that bomb going to be?’ And let me tell you, it’s nuclear.
“I’ll put the question out there: how would you react if someone you loved was raped in your home by a person you’d been looking in the eye for the past three months? Whether you’re a violent man or avoid violence at all costs, you are going to go insane. And I take insanity to a new level. Justice is served. Beautifully. And I get to show every bit of range I’ve got as an actor.”
Ever since she was raped by Dean (Matt Di Angelo) back in October, Linda has kept the trauma a secret from Mick. Now, though, in the pivotal Christmas episodes, the Queen Vic landlord is set to discover the truth.
Talking about what lies ahead, executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins says to RT: “This year, we promise to give you a real EastEnders cracker as stories that have been building over the past year come to a head. With secrets spilling out, Mick and Linda’s Christmas turns from magical to monstrous.
“No matter how many arguments your family has at Christmas, they don’t hold a candle to the drama going on at the Queen Vic.”
As for where the storyline goes following the revelation, Dyer – who has earned critical and popular acclaim for playing caring family man Mick – hopes that there won’t be a permanent change to his character’s personality as a result of the anguish being heaped upon him.
“It’s always the worry,” the actor says. “I’m honoured that Christmas is revolving around Mick’s unravelling. But where do we go from here? I don’t know. Will Mick have an affair? You have to keep it exciting, but I wouldn’t believe it if Mick cheated. I’d fight against it because I’m not in it for all that clichéd b******s.”
To read the full interviews with Danny Dyer and Dominic Treadwell-Collins, buy the new issue of Radio Times (out Thursday 4 December).
You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below: