EastEnders fans CONVINCED they've worked out who DIES in 35th anniversary drama

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EastEnders fans have cast their predictions on who they think will meet a grisly end next month...

EastEnders is set to kill off a 'main' character in next month's 35th anniversary celebrations for the soap in scenes that are being filmed this week.

It has been reported that the soap will be filming on location as Walford residents head to the Thames for a boat party, thrown by Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) after they celebrate winning the London pub of the year contest.

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Linda and Mick discovered that they'd won the London pub of the year award this week (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Kieron McCarron)

A source from the soap told The Sun: "What better place for a major death than on the Thames itself, which is so central to the show?

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"Trouble has been brewing in Walford for a while, and they decided it was the perfect occasion to see off a big name.

"It's thought that as part of the dramatic scenes Sharon will give birth on the boat, but she is just one of many who could see themselves go overboard to an icy, watery death."

Phil Mitchell questions Sharon Mitchell in EastEnders

It has been reported that Sharon will give birth on the boat next month (Picture: BBC)

It has been reported that amongst the guests on the boat will be Ian's son, Peter Beale, who is returning to the Square shortly, this time played by new actor Dayle Hudson.

But since the news of the dramatic boat party death broke, fans have come up with their own theories about who is set to plunge overboard into the Thames water, and most people's money seems to be on Linda...

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With Linda still battling her alcohol addiction, it doesn't seem out of the question that she could be the one to meet a tragic end. With free booze flowing on a party boat, it's going to be near impossible for her to resist the lure to drink.

Could she get drunk and accidentally plunge over the edge of the moving boat?

EastEnders Linda New Year's Eve drinking

Fans think that Linda will be the one to perish in the icy water (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

It has been revealed that the 35th anniversary will be celebrated on the third week of February, with a week of episodes focusing on 24 hours as the guests on board the boat celebrate The Vic's big win.

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday 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 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.