Initially, it was thought that the midwife – played by Charlotte Ritchie – had become ill after the stress of delivering a set of twins and a horrific home fire. However, at the episode’s end, Doctor Turner revealed that Barbara may have developed septicaemia.
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Viewers are worried about what the future holds for their favourite nurse…
— LolaPraciak (@LolaPraciak) February 25, 2018
Such a lovely episode of #callthemidwife again tonight. Brought me to tears. So anxious to find out about Barbara though!! I’m going to be thinking about it all week!????
— Rebecca Chambers♿️???? (@Becca_ChambersX) February 25, 2018
Barbara cannot die. I repeat cannot die! ???? #callthemidwife
— amyxo (@Amygoodyxo) February 25, 2018
I am not afraid to stage a riot if Barbara dies #CallTheMidwife
— ALLIE ???? (@alexandra_b_xo) February 25, 2018
IF BARBARA DIES IMMA FLIP A TABLE #callthemidwife
— erin (@erin_caitrin) February 26, 2018
If ANYTHING happens to Barbara I will sue the BBC #callthemidwife
— Sarah #killthebill Stook ???? (@sarah_stook) February 25, 2018
#CallTheMidwife had better not kill off Barbara!!! ????????????????????????????
— ɢᴀᴠɪɴ ???????? (@gavinworby) February 25, 2018
In fact, many have pleaded directly to the show not to kill off the character…
Do not take Barbara from us! Do you hear me! @CallTheMidwife1 please. Don't! Sister Evangelina and Cynthia were bad enough ????
— Mella – Sternzeichen Giraffe (@seutendeern) February 25, 2018
— Marieke (@MariekeAkker) February 25, 2018
It was an especially tough twist given that a similar storyline on The Archers ended with Nic Grundy die from the same disease…
Nooooo, can only deal with one beloved BBC icon carking it in a year, Barbara is absolutely not allowed to do a Nic Grundy #callthemidwife
— Kat Brown (@katbrown) February 25, 2018
— Rhiannon (@RhiannonWalpole) February 25, 2018
Septicaemia? Look, I'm still grieving for Nic Grundy, if anything happens to Barbara I SWEAR TO GOD #callthemidwife
— Steven Perkins (@stevenperkins) February 25, 2018
— The Archers (@BBCTheArchers) February 25, 2018
In other words, we’ve been through enough. Please, Call The Midwife, go easy on us next week.
— BBC One (@BBCOne) February 25, 2018