This post includes spoilers for this Friday’s (December 29) episode of EastEnders, which you can view on BBC iPlayer right now even though it hasn’t yet aired on television.
Rocky Cotton (Brian Conley) is the reason The Six are in trouble now that they are in trouble after their homicidal antics on Christmas Day.
Rocky was also roving the streets when Linda Carter (Kellie Bright), Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal), Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), Denise Fox (Diane Parish), and Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) attempted to conceal Keanu Taylor’s (Danny Walters) body.
It has been troubling for The Six because he has gradually started to piece together what he witnessed that night, while being very inebriated.
He then said that he had seen Stacey and Denise dragging Ian Beale’s (Adam Woodyatt) tarpaulin across the Square, which left Kathy perplexed even after she was able to explain away his observation of Sharon entering the burned-out cafe.
Naturally, this went against the women’s account to the police, which was that Keanu had kept them in the Vic at knifepoint, and The Six were resolved to put an end to Rocky.
They argued that reporting him to the police for arson was the only way to get him off their backs, which appalled Kathy. She debated for hours whether or not to go through with it.
But Stacey and Denise put further pressure on after Kathy had a run-in with Rocky on the Square, claiming that she required proof before making the call.
Denise promised to assist, staying loyal to their newfound sisterhood. She quickly discovered Rocky’s search history, which showed that the day before the fire, he had been investigating insurance claims.
Kathy called the police with the proof she needed to have him imprisoned for life. Rocky was quickly taken into custody, and Kathy was left feeling even more guilty.
Once Kathy managed to convince Denise to exert some influence over Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), she was allowed to see Rocky, where the last bit of the scheme came together quickly.
Kathy urged him to speak the truth, implying that it would help him receive a lighter sentence, after Rocky’s interrogation had caused him to refute the allegations that he had intentionally sparked the fire.
It was obvious that Rocky planned to comply with Kathy’s request since she had vowed to wait for him so they could be together once he had completed his sentence.
With Brian Conley leaving the cast, would Rocky have to spend the rest of his life in prison, and how will this affect The Six as a whole?