Phil has been ruled out as a murder victim (Picture: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)
We have spent the past nine months trying to work out who is going to end up dead on the floor on Christmas day in EastEnders this year, and now it seems that one of our most likely suspects will live to tell the tale.
Ever since the flash forward episode aired in February and showed The Six gather around a dead body, we have had several potential victims in mind.
One name that has popped up regularly since that fateful episode is Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), though it seems that we may have been barking up the wrong tree.
New pictures obtained by Metro.co.uk have shown cast members filming for the funeral of Aunt Sal. With the Christmas episodes having already been filmed, we know that this funeral is set to take place in the new year, meaning that the murder will have already happened.
So, imagine our shock to see that Phil Mitchell is in attendance at the funeral!
Phil has been at the centre of countless fan theories about who the body could be, and the fact that he is the character in the show that is currently in possession of the dreaded cufflinks doesn’t bode well.
However, we have seen the cufflinks passed around several times already, so we’re already anticipating them swapping hands countless more before the big day.
The cufflinks weren’t the only clue that suggested he may die though, as many fans pointed out that he is the one character with the most connections to The Six, having been married to Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) and Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean), shared a child with Denise Fox (Diane Parish), been attacked by Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), done business with Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal) and sold the Queen Vic to Linda Carter (Kellie Bright).
Who is the dead body? (Picture: BBC)
Pair this with the fact that wife Kat Slater uttered the phrase ‘Who knows what will be this time next year?’ and the fact that actor Steve is heading off to do panto this Christmas, and the clues to his exit were stacking up.
But with Phil now out of the running, it seems we will have to look elsewhere.
While we haven’t entirely ruled out EastEnders bringing back Steve McFadden while filming on location just to throw us off the scent, there are still a huge number of suspects that could be found dead on Christmas day.
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