Grant Mitchell, the former bad boy of EASTENDERS, could be set to return to the BBC soap, as it appears he may have a say in whether his brother, Phil Mitchell, is sentenced to life in prison.
Grant (Ross Kemp) hasn’t been seen on EastEnders since the death of his beloved mother, Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor), because he’s living in Portugal, according to the show. The troubled character has always had a grudge against his brother Phil (Steve McFadden), and it’s safe to say they don’t get along. However, Phil’s future as a free man has been jeopardized in recent episodes of the BBC soap, and his brother may have played a role in his incarceration.
Phil is currently debating whether to spend the rest of his life in prison or accept a plea bargain and become a police informant.
Authorities have been attempting for years to apprehend the gangster and sentence him to prison for his numerous crimes.
Their attempts to apprehend him nearly caused his son, Ben Mitchell’s (Max Bowden), relationship with Callum Highway (Tony Clay), a police officer, to fall apart.
As a result, their generosity in providing a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card to the original bad boy of Walford has raised some eyebrows.
However, there could be a very good reason why Phil was given such a good deal, and that reason could be that Grant works as a police officer.
Returning to the Square in 2016 could have given Grant a lot to think about for his future, having previously lived a criminal life.
Mark Fowler (Ned Porteous), the former bad boy, might have considered turning over to the good side of the law after learning he was the father of another child.
With his leather jacket hung up, the beloved character could have been training to be a cop for the past few years.
He might not have told Phil he was working for the authorities back in the UK because he didn’t want his brother to find out.
Grant may even be using a different name to ensure that no one finds out he has joined the police force, as this would be a huge betrayal of his family.
Seeing Phil’s name pop up on the system, on the other hand, he could have collaborated with the Walford team to keep his brother out of prison.
Even though they’ve had a long-running feud, Grant doesn’t want to see his brother spend the rest of his life in prison.
There has been no official announcement, so if the former bad boy is returning to the show, it will be kept under wraps.
He did make a comeback of sorts during Tuesday night’s episode of the weeknight serial drama, as his voice was heard giving Phil some advice.
With the Mitchell man still deciding whether to accept the deal, Grant said to him: “You should’ve come to me and I’d have kicked some sense into you and made you feel a bit better.”
This was only a cameo appearance, but it could be a precursor to a larger return of Grant to Walford in the near future.
Viewers commented on whether they thought the scenes were a preview of what was to come on Twitter after they aired.
Bartholomew posted on the social media platform: “I was not expecting a return from Peggy and Grant tonight #EastEnders.”
Tom commented: “Was amazing hearing Peggy and Grant’s voices in tonight’s episode of EastEnders. This should be a good time to bring Grant back but Sharon [Watts] telling him what’s going on.”
Filter_Who added: “Wasn’t expecting to hear Peggy and Grant tonight.. that brought an unexpected tear.. #EastEnders
Ross, the actor who plays Grant, has spoken out several times about whether or not his character will return to the show.
In an interview with the Daily Star, the former daytime television star said: “I miss acting from time to time. The jokes and camaraderie are both something I miss.
“You can never say you’ll never do something again, so it would be remiss of me to say I’d never go back to EastEnders.
“I’m not in a position to refuse work, regardless of its nature. And, especially at my age, variety is the spice of life.”
He reiterated these sentiments in another interview with Entertainment Daily, so a return would not be unexpected.
Ross explained: “I don’t think you ever rule it out. But that would be down to the BBC, that’s not down to me.
“I would never say no to going back to anything. I’ve always enjoyed acting and if an acting role came along, I would take it if it was something that I thought I would enjoy.”
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