EastEnders fans expose Linda's 'knight in shining armour' as soap LEGEND

The Albert Square sign on the set of EastEnders
Could an EastEnders legend be coming back to save Linda Carter? (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders fans think that they've exposed Linda Carter's (Kellie Bright) 'knight in shining armour' as Walford legend and her former lover Max Branning (Jake Wood).

Linda was left devastated recently after she learned that Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) wanted to sell Mick Carter's (Danny Dyer) share of the Vic.

Fortunately, Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) was keen to buy half of the pub, but Linda was left torn when Suki (Balvinder Sopal) and Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdhry) came up with a higher counteroffer.

Determined not to let the Panesars win, Sharon got her ex-husband Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) to buy the gym so that she could have the money to outbid them.

However, Linda was still unsure about going into business with either party and confided in Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) about her concerns. 

He encouraged Linda to work with someone she fully trusted and to bring in someone experienced in business like the Panesars, but wouldn't change how the pub would be run.

Jake Wood as Max Branning

Is Max Branning Linda's knight in shining armour? (Image credit: BBC)

During last night's episode (Wednesday, February 22), Linda took Patrick's advice onboard and made a secret phone call to a mystery person.

She told them: "I've got two offers on the table, both keen. But if you can come up with the cash, then I will ditch them and go with you. Just think about it. In a few months, we could be running this place together."

While the unknown caller remains a mystery, fan believe that Linda was on the phone to her 'knight in shining armour' Max, who will potentially buy Mick's share of the pub.

EastEnders boss Chris Clenshaw previously teased that an unexpected 'knight in shining armour' will swoop in and save Linda from losing her home.

He said: "Linda's world has been thrown upside down by seeing a photo of Shirley with Dean, but she’s forced to focus on who her new business partner will be or face losing her home.

"Both Sharon and Nish are hoping to get the keys to the castle, but her knight in shining armour may not be who you think."

The women all stare at the body in shock in EastEnders flash forward episode

A knight is seen behind Stacey Slater in the flashforward episode. (Image credit: BBC)

Fans have also speculated that the knight in shining armour comment relates to the Christmas flashforward episode after a knight was seen behind Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner).

The episode saw six Walford women — Stacey, Suki, Linda, Sharon, Denise and Kathy all standing over an unknown corpse at the Vic. Stacey could be seen with blood on her hands, Denise was holding a broken bottle of champagne and a man was seen lying dead on the floor of the pub.

With womaniser Max having a lot of history with both Linda and Stacey — especially since Linda gave birth to their daughter Annie without his knowledge — could that be a hint that he is involved in the murder in some way? Or could he even be the victim?

Fans think they've unmasked Linda's knight in shining armour and the potential killer as Max and took to Twitter to voice their theories...

EastEnders continues tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One.

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a freelancer writer with WhatToWatch.com, and she now writes for our sister site TechRadar. 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!

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