Bobby Beale (Eliot Carrington) has tonight been unmasked as the killer of Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater).
In the closing seconds of tonight’s special flashback episode of EastEnders, Bobby was seen standing over the body of his half-sister having hit her with the jewellery box that he was still holding.
As Jane (Laurie Brett) rushed into the Beales’ house, having just been summoned on her mobile phone, Bobby told his adoptive mum: “Whatever she says, she started it. She made everyone unhappy.”
The revelation marks the climax of the BBC1 soap’s latest murder mystery, a plotline that has been running ever since Lucy’s body was discovered on Walford Common over Easter 2014.
Earlier in the episode, 11-year-old Bobby was glimpsed overhearing Lucy arguing with Denise Fox (Diane Parish) in an upstairs bedroom at No 45 Albert Square. But it was a confrontation in the living room between Bobby and Lucy that eventually sealed the latter’s fate.
At the time of Lucy’s death in 2014, the character of Bobby was played by Rory Stroud. However, Eliot Carrington (who took on the role last November) was the actor seen delivering the pivotal lines during this evening’s revelation.
In the first part of tonight’s double bill, it seemed that Jane was going to turn out to be the guilty party, having been confronted by husband Ian. But it now turns out that she was complicit in the crime rather than being the actual perpetrator.
Viewers who have been following the case since the beginning know that – in the wake of Lucy’s death – Jane took Bobby to live in Cardiff, only to then return back in November.
At the time of their reappearance, Bobby had run away and was found by Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra) on Walford Common, where he had been camping out close to the crime scene. Bobby was also discovered to have been compiling a case file about Lucy’s murder.
Fans had been led to believe that Bobby was obsessing over his half-sister’s death in a bid to find her killer, but the twist tonight throws new light on the reason for his torment.
Yet to be revealed though is how Bobby managed to kill Lucy without Ian, Denise or Cindy hearing anything from their upstairs bedrooms? Or what the catalyst was for Emma Summerhayes solving the crime over Christmas 2014 before she died in a road accident?
Hopefully more answers will be provided in the live episode of EastEnders at 8pm on Friday, BBC1…