EastEnders autumn preview: 10 spoilers from Gray comeuppance to Frankie mystery

EastEnders returned to our screens with a bang earlier this month, and the drama has been in full flow, that’s for sure!

It’s been an odd year for the BBC One soap, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in February with a spectacular week that saw several of Walford’s finest board a party boat on the Thames — and all hell broke loose.

The serial drama was then forced to shut down production amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and episodes were rationed out at two a week as opposed to four, before disappearing from telly for the first time ever.

However, it returned in an epic fashion earlier this month, delivering incredible storylines left, right and centre, and as we head towards the autumn, there is so much more to come.

The truth about Dennis’ Rickman’s death

Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero) wasted little time in revealing the truth about Dennis Rickman’s (Bleu Landau) demise, but Sharon Watts (Leitita Dean) refused to believe her — unable to believe that Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) would be capable of such a thing.

As a result, Sharon is still to learn the truth, and when she does, it’s safe to say that there will be hell to pay.

Gray Atkins getting his comeuppance

Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) abused and controlled Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) since long before the couple arrived in Albert Square, but the story reached a tragic end when Chantelle was murdered by the abuser.

Whether Gray will get exposed as the murderer and abuser that he is remains to be seen, as he covered his tracks to make the whole thing look like an accident.

Mitch Baker (Roger Griffiths) has doubted his son-in-law from day one, so could he perhaps prove instrumental in the solicitor’s downfall? Or could Kheerat Panesar (Jaz Deol)?

Kheerat has already started piecing together what happened on the night in question, but will be able to obtain any proof?

Mick Carter’s big story

Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) is set to be at the centre off a huge storyline — one which actor Danny claims is the best he’s had since he joined the show back in 2013.

He said on The One Show: ‘I’ve got to say we’ve come back and season two, it’s another level. I’m very excited about it, it’s tough, it’s another level. 

‘But the storyline I’ve been gifted with, is by far the best storyline I’ve ever had. I wish I could tell you more but it’s a powerful thing. 

Viewers have speculated that the story in question will have something to do to with Frankie Lewis (Rose Ayling-Ellis), who has grown incredibly close to the family over the last couple of weeks — particularly Ollie.

Simon Lahbib’s arrival

Bad Girls legend Simone Lahbib has joined the cast as part of the huge upcoming story for the Carter clan.

Bosses are keeping her character under wraps for now but she will seemingly have links to Mick Carter.

On joining EastEnders, Simone said: ‘I’m thrilled to be joining EastEnders. I can’t say too much about who I am playing just yet, but it’s fair to say that she is set to have a lasting impact on the Carters and will test their strength as a family.

Jags Panesar’s exit

It was revealed last week that Jags Panesar (Amar Adatia) will be leaving the soap in the near future, and the character’s exit will seemingly be a result of Suki’s (Balvinder Sopal) actions.

Speaking about his exit, actor Amar teased: ‘I can’t share too much about what happens but it serves to further prove just how far Suki will go to get her way!’

Denise Fox’s huge story as Raymond returns

Executive Producer Jon Sen teased a huge story for Denise in the coming months, one which was ultimately set in motion during the latest episode, as she discovered that the adoptive parents of baby Raymond had been killed in a car accident.

What happens next remains to be seen, but we know that Denise refuses to have Phil involved in her son’s life.

Jon told Metro.co.uk: ‘We have got a great story for Denise. The Mica Paris announcement went out last week, and we all know she is coming to the Square, and that’s part of an on-going Denise story.

‘It really pushes Denise to the front of the show. Those Trueman stories are amazing. Mica forms part of that story with Denise.

‘Anybody who knows anything about her history will probably know where we’re going with that. It’s great when the past comes to haunt you.’

Ellie Nixon’s reign of terror

Actress and singer Mica Paris made her first appearance during the latest episode, as a character named Ellie Nixon, and she will feature significantly in the Denise story.

We know little about her thus far, but it seems as if she’s someone to be feared!

Speaking on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Mica said: ‘My gosh. I don’t know if you’d heard rumours about me as a person, but everyone would tell you I’m a joker.

‘This character not that. She is hardcore!

‘There is a moment when I was filming — and I never watch myself on the telly — I walked past the monitor while I was no set filming, and I caught myself on the monitor. I was absolutely terrified!

‘I ran out of the studio! The director was like “Oh my gosh, Mica. You are terrifying!”

Callum Highway’s dilemma

Callum ‘Halfway’ Highway (Tony Clay) has found himself caught between love and duty once more, as DI Steve Thompson (Phillip Wright) has asked him for a hand to secure evidence on Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden).

Callum’s loyalties no doubt lie with Ben (Max Bowden) — something which he confirmed himself last week — but will he find himself having to choose between his lover and his job?

Will he continue to spy on Phil for his boss? Or will his commitment to Ben result in him pulling the plug?

Max Branning’s departure

Actor Jake Wood is to depart as part of an explosive story, which means that Max Branning is being written out after 15 years.

Max will leave at the end of Jake’s current contract. However the character will not be killed off, with the door open for a future return.

Talking about his departure from the show Jake said: ‘I’ve had 15 wonderful years at EastEnders and have made some truly great friends. I’ll of course miss everyone there but I’m grateful they have left the door open for Max and I’m excited to see what the next chapter holds.

A huge Christmas — and a shock return

Christmas is often a memorable time of the year in Walford, and it appears as if this year is going to be another one we’ll not forget.

Senior Executive Producer Kate Oates told Metro.co.uk: ‘We are in the second draft of script stage for this Christmas, which is exciting.

‘We have an exciting return planned. It’s going to also be a part of a huge other story that will have been long-running.

‘Jon [Sen, Executive Producer] is so organised with the stories — we all are — so we kind of know what we are doing the Christmas after as well.

‘We have really longterm story arcs which is when you know you’re in a good place when you’re making a soap.

When you’ve got story arcs that can just run and run and run and you can see what the hot points and the hit points are, so not only have we got this Christmas very much on its way to completion, but we know where we’re going the following one.

‘EastEnders Christmas is very much on the agenda.’

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