EastEnders fans ‘work out’ who will return next after Dean

Shabnam leaves EastEnders
Are we set to say hello to Shabnam again? (Picture: BBC)

Earlier this week, viewers were taken aback by Dean Wicks’ (Matt Di Angelo) terrifying homecoming to EastEnders. The rapist had been absent for seven years.

The former stalwart was shown in the disturbing moments getting out of a cab and entering the Vic covertly through the barrel shop, only to be cornered by Kellie Bright’s character Linda Carter in the upstairs kitchen.

As viewers are aware, Dean sexually assaulted Linda nine years prior. The Queen Vic landlady was horrified to see him again and ordered him to leave the tavern and off the Square, defending herself against him with a knife.

As was characteristic of Dean, he lied, refusing to accept responsibility for his actions and going back to being the evil man. He said that Linda, not him, had destroyed his life.


As the programmed drew to a close, it was abundantly evident that Dean, having inked a deal to become Michelle Collins’s new business partner Cindy Beale, had no intention of leaving.

However, many believe they have figured out which former Walford star will make a comeback next, even though Dean’s homecoming is just two days old. This is because Dean gave a significant hint.

The rapist claims that Dean’s illness-ridden daughter Jade is the primary reason for his return, in addition to his intention to do business with Cindy.

Fans may remember that until Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) revealed the truth in 2015, Dean was unaware that he had a daughter named Jade.

Shabnam Masood, played by Rakhee Thakrar, was the mother of Jade and had an off-screen one-night affair with Deano in 2008.

Fans are certain that it will not be long until Shabham returns to Walford now that Jade is back in the discussion.

Dean is back – but will Jade and Shabnam be following suit? (Picture: BBC)

As one viewer yelled, “DEAN AND SHABNAM’S DAUGHTER IS ILL DOES THAT MEAN SHABNAM IS RETURNING!?!?” another said, “I wonder if they’re bringing back Shabnam and Jade Masood (Dean’s daughter) now that Dean is on his way back to Walford.” Both were recast.)

Will the evidence support this claim? Will there be a return from Shabnam? Though it is still up in the air, we may at least hold onto optimism.

When Shabnam departed the Square with Jade at her side in 2016, it was the last time she was spotted in Walford.

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