EastEnders fans have been left on tenterhooks after a gunman opened fire during a bungled armed heist – and Mick Carter appeared to take a bullet. The New Year’s Day episode of the BBC1 soap saw Mick recognise the man who did the shooting, although viewers are currently in the dark as to his identity.
However, this hasn’t stopped Walford devotees from theorising as to who it could be: the number one option being that it’s a recast Lee Carter making a dramatic return to Albert Square:
I hope the young guy that Mick recognised is not the new Lee recast. Danny-Boy Hatchard will always be Lee Carter. 😡😡👎So angry and disappointed if thats true. Danny-Boy Hatchard was brilliant as Lee Carter. #EastEnders
Now we wouldn’t dream of pouring scorn on so prolific a fan theory, but the gunman did get a screen credit, where he was listed as Callum ‘Halfway’ Highway, as played by the actor Tony Clay. All of which suggests that we haven’t witnessed an unexpected comeback from Lee Carter at all.
And some viewers were also quick to notice that Mick also received a text message from Lee’s mate Halfway earlier on in the episode…