The greatest surprise of all is about to hit Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) in EastEnders when her childhood sweetheart Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) appears to reach out.
As fans will remember, Mick vanished from sight last Christmas while jumping in after Linda to attempt to save her from a sinking vehicle that Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) had drove off a cliff earlier in the year.
The landlord had no idea that Linda, his soulmate and best friend, had already reached safety on land.
Linda received a certificate of assumed death earlier this year; Mick hasn’t been seen since, and his corpse has never been found. It was an emotional scene.
But in later scenes, when her “dead” boyfriend gets in touch with her, the Queen Vic landlady is going to be completely shocked.
Following a tumultuous day in which Linda and Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) depart to get her wedding gown, Sharon is left wondering whether her marriage is doomed, but Linda quickly consoles her, hoping that she would still proceed with the big day.
However, the Queen Vic landlady is set to be shaken to the core when her ‘dead’ lover contacts her in upcoming scenes.
After a dramatic day which sees Linda and Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) head out to pick up her wedding dress, Sharon is left questioning whether her wedding is cursed, and Linda is soon giving her words of encouragement in the hopes that she will still go ahead with the big day.
From there, things only get worse when Linda runs into Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo), who has been ruining her life ever since he returned.
Linda was traumatized by Dean’s 2014 rape, and he has since tormented her even more by making her fabricate accounts of the incident in contentious scenes.
According to Kellie Bright’s discussion of the next scenes, Linda’s suffering gets worse when she gets the enigmatic text from her ex-boyfriend.
It’s Mick, then. “Da da da!” said Kellie, addressing the purported author of the text. “She believes she gets a text from Mick.
“It’s not Mick.” Who do you believe it is, based on three guesses? Dean is here.
Linda goes out to face the nasty prankster Dean, knowing full well that he is the rapist. Recent photos seem to suggest that the two had a heated altercation.
Will Dean acknowledge his involvement in the ill-feigned texts? Or will he continue to play the innocent? That is still to be determined, but Kellie also informed us that things don’t always turn out the way Linda expects them to.
Think of us as very curious.
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