Spoilers for EastEnders: Theo hostage attack reveals Stacey’s latest tragedy

Stacey encounters a terrifying scene. (Image: Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron for the BBC)

The last several months have not been easy for Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) in EastEnders, but now her darkest fears are coming true.

After being terrorized by her stalker for weeks on end, Stacey was shocked to discover that instructor Theo Hawthorne (William Ellis) was to blame.

After telling her the horrible truth, he held her captive in the kitchen as her daughter Lily (Lillia Turner) was giving birth in the next room.

Fortunately, Stacey made it out in time to assist Lily in giving birth.

In following scenes, the Slater family becomes more tense as a result of infant Charli’s insomnia.

Actress Lacey Turner said, “She hasn’t had time to cope with any of her emotions toward the issue because she knows she needs to be strong for Lily.”

“I believe she is operating automatically.” Despite having Lily and the baby as her major responsibilities, she is suffering.

Lily persuades Stacy to go to work with Eve Unwin (Heather Peace) and allow her take care of Charli despite the fact that Stacy is in charge of taking care of Charli.

Charli is Stacey’s responsibility to raise. (Photo by the BBC’s Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

After some persuasion, Stacey ultimately agrees, but with Lily in charge, things quickly go out of hand.

When Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) sees Lily and Ricky Mitchell (Frankie Day) having fun with baby Charli, he is immediately furious.

When he approaches Stacey and starts to blame her, she is both humiliated and outraged at the same time.

Jack is not kind to Stacey (Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

In the days that follow, Stacey and Lily are made to pretend that everything is ideal in front of the social worker even though they are seriously at odds.

The tension is immediately noticed by Jean Slater (Gillian Wright), who counsels Stacey to be gentler with Lily and to let her make mistakes so she may grow from them.

But Stacey finds it difficult to let go, and as a result, Jean reprimands her.

After the Theo incident, Stacey is still agitated. (Image: Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron for the BBC)

As Lacey mentioned, Stacey is eager to explain why she is acting in a certain way.

Jean understands Stacey like the back of her hand, therefore she is aware that there is a more significant issue at play. Stacey has been hiding behind this act, but she eventually tells her mother that she is terrified that Theo could return. She may be relieved to have finally expressed her feelings.

Jean immediately informs her that Lily must now be the one to defend Charli as Theo is no longer present.

Although Jean believes their problems are resolved, she is quickly disabused of her confidence when Stacey steps outside and is confronted with a terrible sceneā€¦

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