EASTENDERS Christmas is fast approaching and BBC bosses have confirmed explosive showdowns and game-changing plot twists for the festive period - including a hostage plot, an exit and a return.
Here’s the lowdown from the Square on what’s in store for Christmas Day episodes and beyond on EastEnders…
Phil Mitchell plans his explosive revenge in EastEndersCredit: BBC
Time’s up for Sheanu
There’s grave news for Sheanu this Yuletide as Phil Mitchell plots his explosive revenge after finally discovering Sharon and Kenau’s affair.
Lisa Fowler has been desperate to avenge her best friend Mel’s death after she was killed by a lorry following a car chase with Sharon.
The grieving friend is set to discover that Louise’s husband-to-be Keanu is the real dad of Sharon’s baby and lose it.
But will she be the one to reveal the truth to Phil?
The official EastEnders synopsis reads: "Secrets and lies are set to explode in Walford this Christmas, leaving more than one family left torn apart forever…
"Sharon and Keanu have been harbouring their secret for months but they should know that secrets never stay secret in Albert Square.
"As their lies begin to unravel it’s only a matter of time until Phil finds out the truth and when he does, there will only be one thing on his mind… revenge."
Sharon Mitchell's secret will come exploding out in EastEndersCredit: BBC
Martin Fowler gun horror
Martin is set to go even more off the rails as he gets involved in an explosive Christmas confrontation.
Images show him waving a gun around and holding a terrified Linda Carter hostage.
The scene looks set to be the culmination of the dramatic Sheanu plotline.
EastEnders are yet to confirm any details around Martin’s meltdown, but with Martin turning to the dark side thanks to his involvement with Ben Mitchell, the fruit-and-veg stall-holder is ready to explode any day now...
Martin Fowler waves a gun around in EastEndersCredit: BBC Handout
As a result of the drama chez Mitchell, Keanu is set to leave the BBC One soap later this year.
Danny Walter’s announcement that he is quitting EastEnders left fans convinced there’d be blood on Phil’s hands.
EastEnders boss Jon Sen hinted that Keanu could meet a grisly end in devastating scenes.
He told The Sun Online: "Keanu’s story is set to come to a dramatic and blistering conclusion in the near future as one of best kept secrets on the Square is finally revealed with devastating consequences."
Lou herself will be on the warpath - not to mention mum Lisa - after Keanu’s secret is out.
The question is: will he survive the festivities?
Louise makes a lucky escape
BBC bosses have also confirmed that Louise will bow out of the soap following Sheanu’s reveal.
Will she depart with Keanu?
Tilly told The Sun Online: "I have loved playing Louise Mitchell over these past few years, and I feel honoured to have been part of such an iconic show.
"Working with our incredible cast and crew has been a joy and I shall miss my EastEnders family greatly."
Louise Mitchell has no clue that Keanu Taylor is a love rat in EastEndersCredit: BBC
Kim Fox is back
EastEnders legend Kim Fox is set to return to Walford this Christmas.
Tameka told the Daily Star: "Kim has been working in Scotland as a tour guide. If anyone can do that, it’s Kim.
“But she’s coming back soon. And I’m hoping it will be a big storyline. With Kim Fox it’s got to be big. We can’t just have her turning up at the café.
“I don’t know what I’ll be doing. All I know is it will be a Christmas cracker!”
Linda spirals out of control
EastEnders are set to shine a light of alcoholism this Christmas as Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter spirals out of control.
Viewers have watched Linda turn to the bottle after struggling to cope with family drama in recent weeks.
The Queen Vic landlady was humiliated when she was arrested outside the school gates for drink driving and has struggled to live it down to the other mums.
EastEnders boss Jon Sen said: “Linda’s descent into alcoholism will be instantly recognisable to many.
“It’s a journey that begins with a single drink to cope with the everyday ups and downs, but quickly escalates to a point which wreaks devastation on their life and the lives of those around them.
“In telling Linda’s story, we hope that anyone in Linda’s situation, or those around them, notice the signs of alcoholism and seek the help needed.”
Linda Carter's alcoholism spirals out of control in EastEndersCredit: BBC
What is the release date for the EastEnders Christmas trailer 2019?
BBC bosses are yet to confirm the release date for EastEnders Christmas trailer.
But it’s looking like fans won’t have long to wait as Christmas is fast approaching…
For the meantime, the BBC has teased more Yuletide plot developments including a guardian angel changing one family’s fortunes for the better.
The soap bosses have also hinted that another clan are convinced not all is at it seems and go to desperate measures to prove they are right...