Fans’ assumptions about the timing of the storyline’s climax are enhanced by the fact Danny Dyer revealed his character Mick will be leaving the show this December too.
Danny has played Mick Carter since 2013 when he made his entrance on a Christmas Day episode.
On his departure, he recently told Jaime Winstone on her podcast Greatest Night Ever: “Let me tell you something now – Mick’s exit is going to be a very, very powerful thing.
“I would love the door to be left open, and as far as I know, it is.”
EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer