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‘EastEnders’ fans predict Phil’s future after shock twist

Phil Mitchell in EastEnders
Phil Mitchell has a life-changing choice to make in 'EastEnders'. (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders fans were astonished during last night’s episode (Monday Jan. 17) after Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) was offered a life-changing decision, but viewers have already anticipated what shocking choice he’ll make. 

Phil is currently facing life in prison for his involvement in the murder of Vincent Hubbard (Richard Blackwood). However, he was offered a way out of this predicament by DI Keeble (Alison Newman) — a deal which goes against everything Phil believes in.

“The maximum sentence, which we will, of course, be going for, is life imprisonment. Tough thing to get your head around at your age. Especially considering what a house cat you’ve become in recent years,” DI Keeble said.

After assuring that Phil would be interested in what she had to say, he was all ears.

“I’m interested in ensuring that you make the best use of your retirement,” she continued.

“What are you on about?” Phil questioned. It was then that Phil was given the monumental choice to make.

Phil Mitchell

Will Phil go to prison for life? (Image credit: BBC)

“Those senior to me have decided that they’d rather have your knowledge than your scalp. I’ve been authorised to offer you a deal. Turn informant and all of this Vincent Hubbard business will disappear.”

However, Phil was adamant that: “I ain’t a grass.”

“So I’ve heard. You’ve got 24 hours to think about it. You might want to consider what you’ll be leaving behind before you make any rash decisions,” DI Keeble warned.

Fans were all saying the same thing about what they expect the EastEnders legend to do, with some also pointing out the irony of Phil becoming a 'grass'... 

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In more news for Phil, his son Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) has been struggling to cope after being involved in a homophobic attack. But Phil seems to be more focused on getting his businesses sorted than Ben’s mental wellbeing - is this a decision he will live to regret?

EastEnders airs tonight at 7:30pm on BBC1— see our TV Guide for full listings. 

Grace Morris
Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. 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 and much-loved soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). 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.