EastEnders airs Ian's exit - but fans spot forgotten plot twist that changes EVERYTHING

Sharon tries to kill Ian EastEnders
Sharon tries to kill Ian EastEnders

Eagle-eyed EastEnders fans have noticed something wrong with Ian's exit storyline...

EastEnders fans saw Ian Beale walk out of Walford last night after confronting wife Sharon about her plan to try and kill him.

However, it wasn't the fact a legendary character had just vanished into the Walford East tube station that got EastEnders viewers talking.

They were more concerned about the fact there was a glaring flaw in Sharon's revenge storyline.

Sharon tries to kill Ian EastEnders

Ian cottoned on to Sharon's deadly plan just in time (Picture: BBC)

Denny's tragic demise 

EastEnders fans will remember that last February Ian played a part in the untimely death of Dennis, Sharon's son.

Ian managed to keep the whole things under wraps until Dotty Cotton discovered his dark secret, and eventually the truth was revealed to Sharon (Letitia Dean) when she heard Denny's voicemail that he sent before he died.

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But while Sharon has been plotting to kill Ian with ex husband Phil Mitchell as her sidekick, there is one small detail that she seems to have forgotten.

Sharon tries to kill Ian EastEnders

Ian called Sharon's bluff and asked her to eat the poisoned food (Picture: BBC)

While there is no denying that Ian made a mistake locking Denny in the cabin of the party boat last year, he wasn't to know that the boat was about to sink.

And the detail that Sharon (and Phil, conveniently) seems to have forgotten, is that the crash was caused by Phil in the first place.

Phil's forgotten guilt 

As Phil confronted Keanu Taylor about his affair with Sharon, the pair caused the boat to go off course and crash - leading to the drama that then unfolded with Denny.

Sharon tries to kill Ian

Sharon was shocked when Ian confronted her about trying to bump him off (Picture: BBC)

But why has Sharon forgotten who caused the boat crash in the first place?

It appears that in Sharon's mind Phil (Steve McFadden) can get away with his mistake, while Ian must apparently die for his.

Fans were quick to point out this forgotten storyline on social media last night as Sharon tried to poison Ian with a deadly dinner...

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With the help of Max Branning (Jake Wood), Ian worked out that Sharon was trying to do and, when his doctor called to confirm that his blood tests were back and there was cause for concern, Ian knew that Sharon had been poisoning him.

Confrontation time 

Sitting down for Sharon's 'romantic' meal, Ian tried to call her bluff by asking her to eat the food on his plate but, of course, she couldn't.

Eventually the truth came out and Ian admitted to Sharon what happened the night her son died.

Sharon tries to kill Ian

Sharon confronted Ian about Denny's death - but seems to have forgotten the role Phil played in the boat crash (Picture: BBC)

But as Sharon reminded Ian how his actions over the years had left everyone hating him, his self-loathing soon saw him eating the poisoned food in a bid to end his guilt.

A change of heart 

Sharon eventually came to her senses and forced Ian to bring up the poisoned food he had eaten, telling Phil that if he wanted to see Ian dead then he'd have to do it himself.

Sharon tries to kill Ian EastEnders

Ian left Walford last night, but where is he going? (Picture: BBC)

But, by the time Phil had made it upstairs at The Vic, Ian was nowhere to be found.

Viewers know that he has fled Walford, even leaving his phone behind in a bin outside the tube station... but how long will he be gone for?

And with Phil still wanting him dead, will it ever be safe for Ian to return to Albert Square?

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One - see our TV Guide for full listings.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.