DOUBLE EXIT on the cards for THESE EastEnders favourites

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One family looks set to be torn apart...

There could be a shock double exit heading for EastEnders next week when Karen Taylor and Mitch Baker make the decision to leave Walford.

EastEnders fans already know that Ian Beale has been blackmailing Karen to leave Walford, paying her to take Sharon Mitchell's baby son, Kayden, with her.

Sharon Mitchell lets Karen look after Kayden in EastEnders.

Sharon gave baby Kayden to Karen last month (Picture: BBC)

Ian is desperate to help Sharon move forward with her life after she gave her baby boy away to his grandma, Karen, and believes that seeing her son on the Square every day is too much.

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With Sharon still grieving for her teenage son, Denny, after his tragic death on the Thames party boat in February, she doesn't want anything to do with Kayden, and now Karen is so serious about taking Ian up on his offer that she has started to plan her new life away from Walford.

Karen and Ian in EastEnders BBC

Ian tried to blackmail Karen into leaving Walford with her grandson (Picture: BBC)

Next week Billy Mitchell is upset when girlfriend Karen starts looking for a new home for her and Kayden... knowing that he can't move with her because if his own children.

But when Mitch overhears the pair talking in the cafe about Karen's impending move, he comes up with the idea that he and Bailey should leave with her.

Karen is touched when Mitch suggests they should all leave the Square together, and she starts to imagine their new life with Bailey and Kayden.

Karen and Kayden EastEnders BBC

Will Karen and Mitch leave Walford together? (Picture: BBC)

But before Karen can get too carried away, she is left completely stunned when Mitch makes a shocking confession.

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Could this change their plans to leave Walford together? Or is this the start of a new beginning for the pair away from their friends and family in Albert Square?

EastEnders will temporarily air a reduced schedule of two episodes a week. Watch on Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 7:30pm on BBC One. 

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 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.