Martin Fowler is heading back to Walford, EastEnders has confirmed.
The stall holder left in a hurry earlier this year, when wife Stacey clobbered Phil Mitchell over the back of the head – leaving him for dead in The Arches.
Fearing for their lives, the pair fled Albert Square – and left their worried families behind.
Unbeknownst to Martin, in his absence, daughter Bex has been falling apart at the seams.
In disturbing scenes over the past few weeks, the teenager has appeared glum and morose, even telling uncle Robbie that she felt “numb”.
This week, the BBC soap confirmed the troubled teen would attempt to take her own life in the coming weeks.
So it’s timely that Martin is seen back on the Square.
Newly released teaser spoilers reveal that the week commencing October 7 will see Martin return to Walford – without his wife.
As well as dealing with his daughter’s devastating suicide attempt, Martin also has to contend with Ben Mitchell.
All we’re told about Monday’s episode is that “Sonia gives Martin a tough reality check”, while Friday’s visit to the soap sees “tensions reach boiling point between Ben and Martin”.
A spokesperson for the soap recently revealed that Bex would attempt to take her own life on the eve of her intended departure for Oxford University.
When Sonia finds her unresponsive in bed and calls an ambulance, Stuart finds a suicide note that confirms she’d planned to kill herself.
The BBC show has worked closely with Samaritans to deliver the upcoming story.
Jon Sen, Executive Producer at EastEnders, explained: “We wanted to take Bex on a journey which accurately reflected the crises facing many young people today – many of whom, like Bex, struggle under the mounting pressures placed on teenagers today.
“Having worked closely with Samaritans, our wish is that by telling this story we can encourage others in Bex’s position to realise there’s always help and there’s always hope.
“And we hope that others will be encouraged to start a conversation if they are worried about someone they know.”
If you are struggling or are concerned about someone who might be, contact Samaritans FREE any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit.
Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch, where you can talk to one of their trained volunteers face to face.
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