In EastEnders, Kat and Jean Slater (Jessie Wallace and Gillian Wright) are about to face major challenges and turmoil this spring.
Two separate storylines will see the characters come to the forefront of the action, according to sources from the soap.
Kat is engaged to Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) at the moment, but with Phil set to be imprisoned, Kat is left to pick up the pieces.
We can reveal, however, that the difficulties do not end with keeping the family together and recovering from Phil’s death.
Kat will be faced with a new challenge as a result of an unexpected turn of events, and viewers will wonder if she can handle it or if it will all overwhelm her and cause her to crumble.
Kat isn’t the only one in the Slater family who will face new challenges.
Is Jean’s manic behavior something for her family to be concerned about as her romance with Harvey Monroe (Ross Boatman) blossoms? As things heat up and Stacey (Lacey Turner) fears for her safety, is Jean’s manic behavior something for her family to be concerned about?
From late March to early April, there will be a significant storyline that will take Jean on a journey that will have an impact on her.
While we’re sworn to secrecy about what’s in store for Kat and Jean, fans will undoubtedly be relieved to see the Slater family pushed to the front of the show, where they belong.
Away from the Slater stories, Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf) is back and will be thrown into old, resurfaced conflicts, especially with Jack Branning (Scott Maslen).
With their past haunting them, battle lines have been drawn, but Jack isn’t the only one who will be pitted against Sam.
There are also exits on the horizon, as the countdown to Danny Dyer’s departure from the role of Mick Carter begins, with Linda (Kellie Bright) returning home, and Zack Morris filming his final scenes as Keegan Baker this week.
EastEnders will begin airing 7:30pm episodes Monday through Thursday beginning March 7, in a major week that will see Gray Atkins’ (Toby-Alexander Smith) murder spree exposed.
Chris Clenshaw, a new producer, has also joined the soap, though it will be a few weeks before his material airs, as former boss Jon Sen’s storylines are still being completed, followed by an interim period overseen by BBC Head of Drama Kate Oates.
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