Since most of us can remember, Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) has been a fixture of EastEnders.
In actuality, he has been in almost 2,000 episodes.
But Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), who helped Billy leave the square in February to start a new job, hasn’t spoken a word since.
Given that his beloved granddaughter Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold), who was the apple of his eye, was ill, he agonised over his choice to leave Walford.
Will Lola’s beloved “Pops,” Billy, visit Albert Square now that her health is failing and she has been given a fatal prognosis due to a brain tumour?
This is what we do know.
When will Billy return?
For fans of Billy Mitchell, there is good news: he will return to EastEnders.
The show’s producers have announced that he will return the week of April 24.
Billy must accept heartbreaking news upon his return to Walford, according to the BBC.
He has been on the programme often since November 1998.
Billy left EastEnders for what reason?
Billy was almost convicted of murder when DCI Keeble (Alison Newman) had him outfitted for a crime he didn’t commit in order to get revenge on him for her father’s passing.
After her father passed away as a consequence of the Mitchell family’s participation in a crime in the late 1970s, he became the target of Keeble’s hate campaign against the Mitchell family.
The Mitchell patriarch Eric was the one who murdered the individual in issue, according to a special flashback episode.
Tommy (Sonny Kendall) and Kat (Jessie Wallace) were also abducted by Keeble, but Billy’s cousin Phil saved them.
Phil felt bad for Billy given what he had to go through.
Phil set up a position for Billy outside of Walford after seeing his cousin suffer financially after the court case, but at first his pride and Lola’s sickness prevented him from accepting it.
Billy accepted the position and walked out of Albert Square after realising he could utilise the money to aid Lola.
Lola, however, made everyone pledge not to inform Billy when she learned she only had six months to live because she wanted to do it in person.
He’s returning now, and he’s going to find it painful.