EastEnders viewers are begging for soap legend Zoe Slater (Michelle Ryan) to return after she was mentioned in last night’s episode (Thursday, July 28).
The legendary teenage tearaway was last seen on the Square in 2005 and moved to Ibiza after being framed for the murder of Den Watts (Leslie Grantham).
She was one of the most iconic soap stars in the noughties and was part of the very famous storyline where she learned the shocking revelation that her 'sister' Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) was actually her mum.
In an earlier episode, Kat was disappointed that her family wouldn’t be at the upcoming wedding and contemplated inviting Zoe, who rejected Kat years ago.
Lily Slater (Lillia Turner) realised how upset Kat was as she spotted her holding Zoe’s invite and decided to cheer her up by throwing a pre-wedding party — but she had another secret she was hiding.
As the party got underway with Kat and Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) Lily told her Stacey saying that she had messaged auntie Zoe inviting her to the wedding.
Stacey was stunned by her confession and told her that it wasn’t a good idea due to Kat and Zoe’s turbulent relationship.
A concerned Kat asked what was wrong with the pair and Lily soon admitted that she messaged Zoe, who was now in London, asking her to meet Kat at Peggy’s wine bar to talk.
However, Lily didn’t get the reaction she was expecting as Kat was furious and insulted her, before Lily stormed off.
Stacey convinced Kat to meet with Zoe and she anxiously waited for her daughter to arrive at Peggy’s.
Sadly, Zoe never turned up and it looks as though fans won’t be getting the explosive return they wanted.
Despite this, viewers are still pleading for her to make a surprise comeback…
So, is #EastEnders teasing a future return for Zoe, maybe for a certain upcoming wedding? Either way, it’s been a fantastic week on the Square; so far, I’m loving this new era of the show.July 28, 2022
bring back zoe!! #EastendersJuly 28, 2022
A Zoe comeback would be THE SERVE #eastendersJuly 28, 2022
I miss Zoe bring her back #EastEnders pic.twitter.com/O0rafHLvOMJuly 28, 2022
so many zoe mentions, yet she's not returing, unless............ #EastEndersJuly 28, 2022
Zoe needs to come back for #Phat's wedding #EastEndersJuly 28, 2022
Get the What to Watch Newsletter
The latest updates, reviews and unmissable series to watch and more!
Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides, recaps and features for must-watch shows and delivers all the latest soap news and reactions. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.
You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series or much-loved UK soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). She's an expert in EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and everything reality-related from Selling Sunset and Married At First Sight UK to 90 Day Fiancé UK. Plus Netflix megahit Virgin River!
Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.