Plus, why is Amira Masood back? And more spoilers for September and October!
There’s dramatic news this morning about the possible fate of EastEnders characters Lauren and Joey Branning – who are of course cousins and set to fall in love with each other this autumn – because we’ll be left wondering if they manage to survive after a car they’re in crashes and explodes!
However, as the Daily Mail reports, because the car explodes and bursts into flames soon after the couple crash into a shop front, it isn’t overly likely that they’ll survive.
The paper adds, “The misbehaving teenager, played by 19-year-old Jacqueline Jossa, steals her sinister uncle’s car and takes her cousin Joey for a spin before losing control and smashing it into the front window of BettaSave.”
Of the plotline, as well as Lauren and Joey’s forbidden romance, a show insider said, “This is going to be a huge storyline across the autumn. Lauren hits the booze and shows her vulnerable side to Joey.
“He’s there for her and feels very protective…
“The more time they spend together the more they start to realise their feelings for each other are not just that of cousins. It’s a powerful force…
“The attraction is so strong between them that it’s going to take something huge to stop them jumping into bed.”
A show source said of the crash, which was filmed over a five-day shoot in Keynsham, Somerset, “No expense was spared on this car crash.
“With salaries, location fees, hotel costs, security fees and maintaining the set for five days, costs were nudging one million pounds.
“But fans will think it all worth it with this thrilling plot line.”
Also coming up on the show, Amira Masood is headed back to Walford, albeit briefly, but the show’s bosses have teased that she may have something to do with why Christian and Syed are due to leave the Square.
The show’s website, which reported on Amira’s return, states, “The queen of glam is set to make a speedy visit to The Square within the next few months.
“We all know that Amira (Preeya Kalidas) has done her best to spilt up ex-hubby Syed and Christian in the past – is she coming back to have one more go?!
“The big question is does she have something to do with Syed and Christian’s impending departure? Hmm, watch this space…”
I will of course watch that space for you and keep you posted! For now though, we have a sneak peek clip for you of this Thursday’s episode, when Jean lets Kat know that she’s fully aware that she’s been having an affair…
Apropos of that, Jake Wood – who plays Max Branning – hasn’t ruled out that his character could turn out to be Kat’s lover.
He said, “Max and Tanya are potentially getting remarried, they’re planning for that at the moment so we’ve got to wait and see, and obviously the Kat reveal I think will be some time before Christmas, so it should be a good Christmas, it’ll be a Branning Christmas I think.”
But of course, there’s lots happening before we get to Christmas on the Square, and we have all the teasers for the rest of this month’s storylines, and into October…
17th September: Michael’s desperate not to have his private life talked about all around Walford, but as he has Billy as his right hand man, it of coures doesn’t take long before his news spreads, which leads to yet more problems…
But it’s not just Michael who’s fretting, as Zainab and Masood become increasingly alarmed as they realise the extent of the difficulties Tamwar’s got himself into.
Also, Max walks in to see Tanya trying on a wedding dress, which prompts him to finally make a decision about their marriage.
21st September: Syed’s financial difficulties are continuing to spiral out of control, and after yet another unsuccessful afternoon spent trying to sell his stock, he’s faced with a big moral dilemma.
Elsewhere, Lola finishes her last day of community service, but it’s not long before she finds herself in trouble with authority once again.
Finally, while playing Joey at his own game, Derek forms a bond with Tyler, but will Tyler go along with what Derek had planned?
24th September: After he receives some bad news, Phil throws himself into sorting out and revamping The Vic in order to take his mind off things. However, with continual reminders of what he’s lost everywhere he goes, Phil calls on an old friend to help him run the pub.
Also, Lola’s determined her new business will be a success, but at what cost? And Syed is wretched with guilt over having betrayed his family, but rather than admit what he’s done, he ends up letting someone else take the blame.
25th September: Masood can’t shake the feeling that something’s bothering Syed, so he decides to take matters into his own hands, but will what he discovers reassure him or simply make things worse?
Elsewhere, Michael’s still juggling work and being a single parent, and he’s finding it incredibly hard, but he soon finds help from an unlikely source.
Finally, Sharon decides she needs to bury her demons, but will locking them away work?
27th September: As Joey continues to resist having his dad in his life, things may change when Derek reminds him of some of the fun times the family had when Joey and Alice were kids, and as something clicks in Joey, it’s clear he really is his father’s son.
Also, Syed continues to worry about the situation he’s got himself into, and with nobody he can confide in, he finds himself getting advice from a stranger, Walford newbie Danny.
28th September: Roxy’s shocked when she feels the full force of the wrath of Michael, but her anger turns to concern when he admits how he’s really feeling.
Also, Christian can see Syed is under a lot of pressure, but little does he know, that as he prepares to surprise Syed with a night off, Syed’s mind isn’t just on his financial woes.
1st October: Phil’s determined to put The Vic back on the map, and he makes sure that everyone knows that it’s the place to be that night.
However, Phil’s preparations don’t go to plan, especially when an unwelcome arrival walks in.
Also, The Brannings are out on a couples’ night and, not wanting to leave Derek out of the party atmosphere, Jack sets him up with a female companion. Derek’s over the moon when he sets eyes on his date, but he’s far from impressed when he feels that he’s being looked down upon.
2nd October: Kat’s filled with guilt knowing that she’s to blame for everything that’s gone wrong, and although she insists she’s telling the truth, suspicions remain high.
Finally, wanting only a happy family, Cora wonders why Tanya detests Derek so much, but she’s shocked when Tanya reveals why.
5th October: Lola finds herself in a desperate situation which forces her to choose between doing right by her friend, or right by the law. Her decision will have huge consequences for her.
Meanwhile, Michael continues to struggle with everything he has on his plate, and he makes a terrible decision, but can he be talked out of it?
More ‘Enders news and spoilers soon!