Lovable Alfie Moon is harbouring a “dark secret” that will lead to him leaving Albert Square, says EastEnders star Shane Richie.
Both Richie and co-star Jessie Wallace are to temporarily exit the BBC1 soap next week in order to film a six-part spin-off series. But before they say goodbye, Alfie will receive shock news that looks set to taint his and Kat’s departure.
“It’s the biggest curveball I think Alfie has ever been thrown in the 13 years that I’ve been here. I’ve told very few people about it,” says Richie. “It will be interesting to see the reaction. Just when you think they’re finding happiness, something like this happens. It’s a dark secret that Alfie takes to Ireland with him. The audience will know, but no one else will.”
And in true Alfie style, it seems that he’d rather flee and evade responsibility rather than facing up to things. “He just wants to go,” continues the actor. “It’s typical of Alfie to put his head in the sand and not acknowledge what’s just happened. And that really is evident in the very last scene. You just kind of think, ‘Oh, Alfie!'”
This isn’t, of course, the last we’re going to see of the Moons, what with their own drama series scheduled to air some time in 2016. But what can viewers expect from this new project?
“They can expect nothing like they’ve seen before! This is Kat and Alfie on a grand scale. This is almost like Kat and Alfie the movie! That’s what we’re hoping for and it will be massive with big stories.
“It’s about faith, it’s about two people’s journeys that are finally coming to a head. We’ll find out who Kat and Alfie really are and the dark secrets they’ve kept for years and where they’re going. It’s going to be mystical, dark, explosive, and it’s also going to be beautiful.”
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