Fans already know that Kathy Beale is fleeing her husband Gavin, and the soap’s executive producer has now revealed that she has a very good reason to be on the run.
Speaking at a press event, Dominic revealed that Gavin isn’t someone to mess with, and even went as far as suggesting he could be the soap’s most ferocious baddie.
“Paul Nicholas created, I think, the most manipulative and dangerous ‘EastEnders’ villain we’ve ever had,” he said. “He makes Archie Mitchell look like a Care Bear.”
Yes, that’s right. He makes the murderous, abusive, rapist Archie look like a child’s cuddly toy. We’re genuinely terrified.
Actress Gillian Taylforth, who plays the returning Kathy, revealed the impact Gavin has been having on her character, stating: “There are reasons why this manipulating person [Gavin] controls everything she does.
“Kathy can’t function without this person, and hopefully she will get her boys [Ian and Ben] back, but she has to explain so much to them.
“When they find out why she’s become the person has, they start understanding that their mum has been brainwashed. I’m hoping they’ll forgive her.”
While bosses are keeping details of Gavin’s hold over Kathy under wraps, it has been revealed that he’ll come face-to-face with everyone’s favourite hardman, Phil Mitchell.
The Mitchell-Beale family trees are tangled enough as it is, but earlier this month, eagle-eyed fans noticed that things could step up a notch, as Gavin may well be Sharon’s real dad.
Given that Sharon and Kathy aren't exactly set to see eye-to-eye, we're excited to see how that all plays out…