EastEnders star Danny Dyer teases return story after explosive exit

Mick Carter in a blue shirt with his arms on his hips in EastEnders
Ex EastEnders star Danny Dyer could return sooner than we think. (Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

Former EastEnders star Danny Dyer has hinted at his possible return to the soap after his dramatic Christmas exit.

Danny bid an emotional farewell to EastEnders on Christmas Day after his character Mick Carter was involved in a tragic drowning accident and is presumed dead.

The devastating incident happened after Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) crashed her car off a cliff with Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) inside.

Mick jumped in to save a pregnant Janine but was unaware that Linda had managed to swim to safety and went back into the sea to rescue the love of his life.

As he searched for her in the water, he disappeared and has been lost at sea, with only his wallet been found since.

Mick Carter talks to Linda Carter

Mick presumably drowned when he went in to rescue Linda Carter. (Image credit: BBC)

However, this may not be the last we see of the beloved landlord as he teased Mick's potential return story.

Talking to iFL TV about his open-ended exit, he also touched upon Harold Bishop's (Ian Smith) Neighbours death twist in 1991, which saw the much-loved character wash away at sea and return five years later with amnesia and have no memory of his life before.

He said: “I do remember Harold Bishop, a few people have mentioned that to me because he died and then he came back. He washed up funnily enough, lost his memory. 

"Who knows? They’ve kept it open, I could turn up in three years smothered in seaweed...I went to Canvey, I thought I’d go and get a caravan on Canvey Island. I’m very grateful for that job though. It was a good gig but now it’s time to move on."

Fans are convinced that Mick is still alive following his tragic accident, so could he follow in the footsteps of Harold Bishop and cheat death?

EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm on BBC One — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on BBC iPlayer now. 

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.

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