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EastEnders summer preview: Major exits and explosive revenge plot

Walford's in for a huge shake-up this summer

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EastEnders is going through it at the moment with royalty having recently graced Albert Square.

Fresh off the heels of Prince Charles and Camilla, there now comes a summer of explosive drama in Walford.

Here’s what to look forward to…

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Phil looking around EastEnders
The great Phil Mitchell could be no more… (Credit: BBC)

Phil Mitchell murdered?

Phil Mitchell has made a dangerous enemy in prison who is set to pick the day Phil is going to die.

And that day is soon.

Desperate Phil tries to arrange protection, but then accepts his fate and writes goodbye letters to his family.

It’s a sticky situation, but will Phil find his way out of it? Or is he set to die after all these years cheating death?

EastEnders Lewis flirts with Ben
Vile Lewis must pay for his crimes in EastEnders (Credit: BBC)

Lewis’ comeuppance

The evil villain has raped Ben Mitchell in harrowing circumstances.

And so it’s time he faces justice – and hopefully soon.

With any luck Ben will report him to the police and Lewis will be tried, found guilty and sent to prison for a very long time.

But rumours are abound that Phil will escape prison and take devastating revenge.

The hardman, played by Steve McFadden, has been seen in filming pictures out and about on location in pictures published by Daily Star Sunday,

Filming in an abandoned warehouse, actor Steve was joined by Lewis actor Aidan O’Callaghan and Sam Mitchell star Kim Medcalf, the publication reports.

In the filming pictures Lewis is covered in blood and Phil with blood on his hands – will Phil kill him?

An insider told the newspaper: “When Phil gets out of prison, he is out for blood. He wants revenge over what happened to Ben.

“It’s going to be explosive.”

FIVE EastEnders exits

It’s set to be a summer of goodbyes as five characters will depart, hot on the heels of two who have already left.

Nancy Carter (Maddy hill) and Rainie Highway (Tanya Franks) have both exited the show in recent weeks.

We know Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) is also on his way out, but it’s been heavily hinted his departure will air closer to Christmas.

There are however, five others reportedly on their way out this summer…

EastEnders Mon 24 Jan Stuart panics when the doctor mentions pain medication
Could he reunite with Rainie off-screen? (Credit: BBC)

Stuart Highway

Stuart will be following his wife out of Walford after she left with their baby Roland.

The new dad has been struggling with postnatal depression and was unable to connect to his son.

It’s understood Ricky Champ, who plays Stuart, will film his final scenes this summer and depart the soap.

But will he follow Rainie and try to win her back?

Is it going to be a death storyline for Lola? (Credit: BBC)

Lola Pearce

After a tough few months Lola Pearce, played by Danielle Harold, has reportedly also been axed by new show boss Chris Clenshaw.

Although neither EastEnders nor Danielle have commented on the news, the 29-year-old actress was said to be left in tears by the decision.

According to The Sun: “Dan was in pieces. The cull came out of the blue.”

It has since been reported Lola will die in a heartbreaking brain tumour storyline, with the storyline beginning over the summer months.

EastEnders Peter is shocked by what he's told
Will we get another Peter Beale in the future? (Credit: BBC)

Peter Beale

Dayle Hudson became the seventh person to play Peter Beale in 2020, but he will leave after new producer Clenshaw decided to mix things up. His exit scenes will air this summer.

Peter is about to be embroiled in a love triangle with Dana Munroe and his brother Bobby.

Peter was also the victim of an attack by his uncle Ben Mitchell and has been left devastated by grandmother Kathy protecting him.

Will Peter snap and quit Walford?

EastEnders Dana explains the situation to Jean
Dana is caught between two brothers (Credit: BBC)

Dana Munroe

Speaking of Dana, Barbara Smith, who plays her, has also fallen under Chris Clenshaw’s axe.

Will her romance with Peter cause her to flee Walford in disgrace?

Or will she just leave to pursue her original university dreams therefore slipping off quietly?

It’s bye bye to Jada (Credit: BBC)

Jada Lennox

Jada Lennox, played by Kelsey Calladine-Smith, arrived in Walford in 2021 with the surprise news Denny was a dad therefore Sharon Watts’ had a granddaughter named Alyssa.

She hasn’t made a massive impact since arriving and will depart this summer.

But how?

Read more: Complete EastEnders cast list for 2022 right here!

EastEnders usually airs weeknights at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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