EastEnders was full of explosive scenes on Thursday night as Karen Taylor and son Keanu Taylor’s plan continued to go terribly wrong.
On Wednesday, the duo put their plan in action while Sharon Watts remained unaware that partner Keanu is actually using her, getting payback for her limiting contact between him and his son after she planned to move to Abu Dhabi. Keanu is trying to steal everything she has including Albie, teaming up with his mother Karen.
However, after stealing Albie’s passport and heading to the airport with his son, Keanu had a change of heart when the youngster kept crying and calling for his mum. Yet it was too late to return Albie as Sharon realised he was missing from the party he was supposed to attend and his passport was gone.
A panicked Sharon called the police, suspecting Keanu had fled the country with him. Realising the police were involved, Keanu handed Albie to Karen and tried to return his son’s passport but was caught by Sharon as she confronted him. Feeling panicked, Keanu lied and pretended that Albie had been kidnapped from the park when he turned his back for an ice cream.
On Thursday, the search for Albie continued as Keanu told Karen to take Albie to her sister Kandice’s and hide him there. Meanwhile, Keanu pointed out to Sharon that Dorian issued a threat to her and Albie, hinting he could have the youngster, to which Sharon told the police.
Later, Sharon and Keanu were comforting each other when suddenly a ransom note was pushed through the door, demanding £50,000 for Albie’s safe return. It was soon revealed that Keanu was behind the stunt and his mother Karen tore him a strip, berating him for his huge mistake as they could both go down for kidnap, as well as extortion.
Viewers are now convinced that the current storyline will tie into Karen’s exit after it was reported earlier this year that actress Lorraine Stanley will be written out of the BBC One soap at the end of the year. Fans think either Karen will get all the blame for Albie or she will take full responsibility in a bid to save Keanu.
Taking to social media, one person said: “Karen will ABSOLUTELY be taking the blame for Albie’s kidnapping to save Keanu #EastEnders”, a different account put: “See now I’m thinking Karen takes the fall for Keanu and that’s how he doesn’t get found out until Christmas maybe? It’d explain Karen’s exit. #EastEnders” while another added: “Karen is 100% going to jail for this and thats her exit #EastEnders!”