WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 24/07/2019 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September - 2019 - TX: 23/07/2019 - Episode: EastEnders - July - September - 2019 - 5959 (No. 5959) - Picture Shows: *NOT FOR USE PRE-TX WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL* Stacey is worried about Max. Stacey Fowler (LACEY TURNER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes

EastEnders fans convinced Stacey Fowler attacks Phil Mitchell

Could this lead to her exit?

Fans of EastEnders are convinced they know who attacks legend Phil Mitchell next week when he is left for dead at the Arches.

With a shady history like Phil’s there’s no shortage of people who might like to give the Walford hard man a good beating… and it seems someone takes the opportunity next week when a mystery attacker tries to kill him.

As he fights for his life, the two main suspects are Phil’s son, Ben Mitchell, and Phil’s son-in-law-to-be, Keanu Taylor.

Phil is left fighting for his life (Credit: BBC)

Read more: EastEnders SPOILER: DNA results reveal Sharon’s baby daddy

But fans have come up with another theory: they think Stacey Fowler is responsible and that this will lead to her exit.

In recent weeks, the head of the Mitchell clan has been at war with the Slaters after Alfie Moon took his money.

Knowing the Slaters were hiding it, Phil dispatched Shirley to get it back for him – she did, but only on the promise the Slaters wouldn’t get hurt.

When a drunken Kat mocks Phil about the stolen money in The Vic next week, Phil takes her outside and gives her a warning – threatening Tommy if she doesn’t shut up.

Even though they’re at loggerheads, no one threatens Stacey’s faaaamily and gets away with it. Could she step in and give Phil what for?

Is Stacey scared of Phil? (Credit: BBC)

Elsewhere, Phil’s wife, Sharon accidentally reveals to Ben that Phil has written him out of his will.

She misreads what Ben is saying and thinks that he already knows that Keanu has been written into Phil’s will instead of him.

Ben is livid that his dad would do something like that, and with his plan to take Phil for everything he has got unravelling by the minute, Ben sees red and storms out of the Mitchell house.

Ben finds out the truth from Sharon (Credit: BBC)

Keanu has also fallen out with Mr Mitchell after discovering that he is still involved with his dodgy business contacts and begs Phil to put his illegal work to one side for the sake of his unborn child.

But Phil doesn’t take too kindly to being told what to do and delivers Keanu a shocking ultimatum in The Vic later that evening.

So with Ben and Keanu both at war with Phil, it’s no surprise that things soon turn nasty.

Keanu and Ben don’t exactly get on (Credit: BBC)

Still fuming about the will change, Ben calls Keanu and tells him to meet him at the Arches, determined to make him pay for getting his feet under the table at the Mitchells’.

But once there, Phil also turns up and all hell breaks loose when the day’s events catch up with Mr Mitchell and someone attacks him.

As Phil takes on the fight of his life, it seems he might have the upper hand against his attacker… but when he loses control of the situation, things take a sinister turn with Phil ending up seriously hurt.

But who has left Phil for dead?

EastEnders SPOILER: Ben Mitchell murderous as he discovers Keanu has replaced him in Phil's will
Ben’s distraught after his dad’s betrayal (Credit: BBC)

Fan theories are already doing the rounds, and the majority of people think Stacey is responsible.

On a Digital Spy Forum, one user started a poll asking others to vote who was the most likely culprit and the overriding response was Mrs F.

“Surely gotta be Stacey,” responded one. “This will lead to her exit and I think Kat will be present at the time of the attack so she’ll be left to pick up the pieces.”

Another added: “I think that Kat is the one that is waiting for Phil at the Arches and they fight, Stacey will turn up mid-fight and hit Phil with something.”

Stacey and Kat might be at war, but will they team up? (Credit: BBC)

Read more: EastEnders star reveals fears over show return

A third wrote: “Well it has to be Stacey as she’s certainly got form for attacking middle-aged men.

“Anybody here remember Archie Mitchell?”

“I’m thinking Stacey as it gives her a good reason to be away for a year so the actress can be on maternity leave,” said a fourth.

There was one lone voice suggesting another option: “When Ben finds out he’s out of the will again that will push him over the edge.

“Stacey has no reason to attack Phil and neither does Kat.”

As Phil fights for his life, the end of next week sees those involved in the drama desperately trying to cover their tracks as the police get involved.

But who is guilty? And how far will they go to keep their name out of the frame?

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Who do you think attacked Phil? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think!

Related Topics