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EastEnders boss Kate Oates teases ‘serious consequences’ to Friday’s shock death

EASTENDERS boss Kate Oates has teased the explosive week of episodes and the heartbreaking death for the 35th anniversary.

The head of continuing drama at the BBC revealed this week's episode will leave Walford changed forever as well as celebrating the past.

Speaking at today's screening of the thrilling episodes, Kate told The Sun Online: "I guess as well as celebrating London and that kind of iconography that comes with EastEnders, we also wanted to celebrate the clans and the families.

"So you've got the Carters on Monday, and then we're looking at the Beales and the Fowlers on Tuesday, the Mitchells will be taking centre stage on Thursday, and everything coming together with this big culmination on Friday.

"They're the story strands that we've been building up to.

"There's the next chapter of Whitney's story now – the situation with Leo got the grisly end that it did, paying tribute to Den and Angie in some ways with Mick and Linda but then twisting it, with those divorce papers being signed at the end of the week, and now obviously Mick taking those 'til death us do part' vows very, very seriously."

The Sun exclusively revealed how a major character will die in the week - but countless lives will be left in the balance as the week goes on.

Kate added: "We'll be picking up on the existing story strands with Callum, picking up with Keanu – are him and Sharon going to abscond? Why is Phil back? What's happening with Bobby now that he's being trolled online for his beliefs?

"There's all these things that are going to be coming to fruition in a very, very dramatic way and there will be serious consequences to those stories."

Kate also teased some hark backs to EastEnders of old with easter eggs for long-time fans.

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She said: "Pete Lawson has written one of Sonia's best lines ever, I think. I love it.

"The name of the boat – Smith Holland – is after the show's creators and Fassett Dock is also a nod to the past. It was a brain child of the script editor of this amazing block."

EastEnders premiered on BBC1 on February 19 in 1985.