Has Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) finally discovered the truth about his parentage?
Viewers have known for months that Shirley (Linda Henry) is actually Mick’s mum and not his sister, but the secret has been withheld from the Queen Vic landlord himself.
Now, though, the arrival of Sylvie Carter (Linda Marlowe) appears to have thrown a curveball to the man who believes that she’s his mother.
“I haven’t got a son,” Sylvie told Mick in the closing seconds of tonight’s episode. “I’ve got two daughters – Shirley and little Tina. I’ve never had a son.”
This week’s drama on EastEnders has seen Mick and Shirley accidentally stumble upon Sylvie while making an impromptu visit to Aunt Babe’s house, only to then be told that the woman they haven’t seen for nearly four decades is suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.
As it turns out, Babe has been keeping Sylvie’s whereabouts hidden from the rest of the Carters in order to keep the secrets from spilling out. But will Sylvie’s unpredictability end up causing further trouble?
“All hell breaks loose in different directions,” reveals actress Linda Marlowe, who plays the Carter family matriarch. “One minute Sylvie is very vulnerable and frightened. And the next she’s saying the most vile things possible. She’s a loose cannon.”
Of course, Mick could end up putting Sylvie’s revelation down to her dementia, but Marlowe promises that the stage is now definitely set for a dramatic Christmas.
“There are so many things that come out at Christmas. It’s a complete minefield. There are lots of conflicting things happening on Christmas Day. And it’s not just what I’ve caused. It’s what other people have caused too.
“It’s like one thing after the other. And Sylvie is in the middle not knowing what’s going on half the time!”
You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below: