Fans have gone crazy speculating about who was on the other end of Linda Carter’s enigma call to a potential purchaser for the Queen Vic in Wednesday night’s episode.
The mysterious phone call made by Kellie Bright’s character Linda Carter, the landlady of the Queen Vic, has sent EastEnders fans into a frenzy. After Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) passed away, his widow Janine (Charlie Brooks) is selling his half of the renowned bar. Viewers have recently seen Linda’s closest friend Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) attempting to raise funds to buy it.
This week a new potential buyer was thrown into the mix as Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdry) threw his name into the hat.
However, it appears that, unbeknownst to either Sharon or Nish, Linda has also been in talks with someone else about the purchase.
On Wednesday evening, she was seen making a secretive phone call trying to encourage the person at the other end of the line to buy the famous Walford drinking hole.
As soon as the scene aired, fans of the show went wild speculating as to the identity of the person on the phone.
Several theories were offered by Twitter user the @realseanslater, who wrote: “So who’s linda (sic) on the phone to?
“Her mother, Elaine?” Branning Max? Someone entirely distinct? I’d be content with either version of #EastEnders.
The unexpected turn of events shocked @griannedoherty3, who tweeted: “OMG so Linda actually plotting on totally ditching both Nish/Suki & Sharon but just exactly who was she speaking to?
Must be Shirley, right? Particularly in light of Patrick’s remark, “Someone you trust,” if not her BFF in every way, then who else is better than family? Eastenders (#)
Meanwhile, @Pagecrawler had an interesting theory that Linda was talking to her daughter.
She wrote: “I wonder if it could be Nancy that Linda was ringing? Imagine what bringing Nancy back will do to the Zack and Whitney story? #Eastenders.”
Surprisingly, although his character is hugely popular and grew very close to Linda in the past few months @JLM2430 would not be happy to see Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) ruling the roost in the popular pub.
“I hope Linda isn’t speaking to Alfie on the phone definitely don’t want to see him permanently back behind the bar. Would be good for Linda to be partners with a woman maybe she was talking to her mum? Sharon would probably take over? Not sure Suki is right for pub? #Eastenders,” they said.
Indeed Linda’s mum, Elaine Peacock (Maria Friedman) was a popular guess.
User @TheMoxilla queried: “Was Linda on the phone w (sic) her Mom? #EastEnders.”
Meanwhile @hayleyemedwards wrote: “Bring back Elaine to run the Vic. Linda needs her mum! #eastenders.”
Of course the one thing everyone wants to know is if the buyer is linked to the upcoming murder, with @mikepriestley13 writing: “Who was Linda on the phone to in the vic?
(sic) It obviously wasn’t Sharon as she was in the vic.. (sic) is that a clue to the death? #EastEnders.”
Monday night’s ground-breaking episode teased the murder of a major male character this coming Christmas.
It ended with a flash-forward to an opulently decorated Queen Vic in Christmas 2023.
Six of the Square’s matriarchs; Sharon, Linda, Denise Branning (Diane Parish), Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal), Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) and Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) were standing over a dead body.
EastEnders fans will have to wait until Christmas Day 2023 to find out the identity of the victim, who the murderer was and how it all went down.
EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One
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