10 clues you may have missed from EastEnders' flashforward death episode

‘He’s dead!’, has that been continuously ringing in anyone else’s ears since last night’s EastEnders?

If you’re reading this wondering what on earth we are on about then do sit down and grab a cuppa, because yesterday’s instalment of the BBC One soap requires a lot of explanation.

Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) called last orders at the Vic, as Denise Fox (Diane Parish), Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) and Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal) all enjoyed a drink with their loved ones.

It proved to be an eventful night for the characters in question as Sharon had sex with Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) in the Vic toilets, only to be left disappointed by finding out about his history with Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf), while Denise Fox (Diane Parish) hit the bottle, before making a move on Ravi Gulati (Aaron Thiara), who knocked her back.

As trouble continued for Suki and Nish (Navin Chowdhry) and Linda struggled with the fact Shirley (Linda Henry) had been spending time with Dean (Matt Di Angelo), the evening proved emotional for a number of the Walford stalwarts, so Linda agreed to shut the doors to the boozer and a lock-in commenced, with the six women putting the world to rights, before making a toast to all the men who’ve wronged them over the years.

It was at this point the BBC One soap flashed forward, taking viewers ten months into the future, as Linda walked into the Vic on Christmas Day to discover a dead body on the floor.

Following Executive Producer Chris Clenshaw’s comments, that saw him confirm a number of clues had been dropped throughout the entire episode to help tease what’s ahead, we’ve gone back and watched the scenes again, and again…and again.

We’re dedicated.

So, as we dust off our deerstalker hats, enjoy as we bring you 10 clues you may have missed from EastEnders’ flashforward death episode.

The blood on her dress

The colour contrast of the blood on Sharon’s white dress was always going to stand out and grab our attention, but was that deliberate?

Has Sharon committed murder, or is there blood on her dress because she was involved in some sort of showdown and tried to defend one of her pals?

Linda’s busted lip

Linda’s injured lip is a bit tricky to spot, but watch the final scene many times (seriously, it’s now living rent free in our head), and you’ll notice Linda has an injured lip, which has left us wondering whether someone may have punched her.

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We mentioned previously that Linda has been left haunted after seeing Shirley spend time with her son, Dean, who raped Linda a few years ago.

Could she have really come face to face with him again?

Denise with the broken bottle and Stacey with blood on her hands

Look, we’ve played Cluedo – Denise with the broken bottle in the Queen Vic is incredibly important.

Given that Sharon has blood on her dress and Stacey has blood on her hands, it certainly gives the impression that injuries were sustained on the dead body via the broken glass.

However! One thing that remains consistent throughout all of this is that just because one clue is made to look like someone is responsible for something, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true…

Suit of armour and the fireplace

Is there always a knight in the background of the pub? It’s a question we’ve been asking for a while following writer Daran Little’s tweet, who pointed out six clues – the cufflinks, a torn dress (we’ll get to that), bloodied hands, a broken bottle, Sharon in a dress and a suit of armour.

Simply as wedding décor? Or is there a massive amount of subtext behind it?

And why was it placed behind Stacey and not any of the other women?

And how about the fireplace – the noise of the crackling flames has to be a clue…maybe that’s where the murder weapon or some sort of evidence is going to go?

Kathy’s torn dress

When someone messes with Kathy in EastEnders – we get angry. It’s just fact. We didn’t see Kathy a lot during the final shot of last night’s episode, but we saw her long enough to pick up on her blue dress being torn.

To have your item of clothing ripped must mean the showdown was a big one, right?

Unless Kathy got it caught on something else?

Are we getting the cogs whirring in your brain yet?

Lola’s photo

A sad one to finish off with, as we noticed a picture of Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) on the bar at the pub, in place of Mick’s (Danny Dyer) who went missing at sea over Christmas last year – which more than likely confirms that when these scenes eventually air, Lola would’ve died following her brain tumour diagnosis.

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