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‘Disgusting’: Horrified fans slam EastEnders plotline amid dark Dean and Linda scenes

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Linda crying on the stairs in EastEnders
Linda was forced to lie about her rape ordeal (Picture: BBC)

EastEnders fans have taken to social media after a recent episode to express their disgust at a recent plotline in Linda Carter’s (Kellie Bright) story.

A scene in tonight’s (November 22) episode saw Linda give in to rapist Dean Wick’s (Matt Di Angelo) demands that she tell everyone she lied about being raped, after he threatened to go to the police about George Knight (Colin Salmon) attacking him.

Dean tore Linda’s life apart when he raped her in 2014, and she has spent the last nine years trying to rebuild it.

However, Dean’s return to the square has left her in pieces, and she is determined to do whatever she can to get him out of her life.

Following Dean’s hospitalisation at the hands of George, Linda came to the decision to go along with what he wanted her to do, much to the horror of many loyal EastEnders fans.

A number of viewers took to social media to reveal that they were ‘disgusted’ by the scenes which saw Dean record Linda as she lied that she had wanted to have sex with him that night, and had said she was raped because she was scared of husband Mick’s reaction.

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While some revealed that they couldn’t bear to watch the scenes, others expressed their concerns for how this storyline would affect real life survivors of rape and sexual assault, pointing out that it sets the wrong impression.

Linda is set to be a part of a huge murder this Christmas, which viewers have been looking forward to since it was first teased in February.

A flash forward episode showed Linda, Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal), Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean), Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) and Denise Fox (Diane Parish) all surrounding the body of a dead man, who’s identity has been kept secret.

With the women having toasted to the men in their lives who had hurt and betrayed them, promising that they would ‘get what they deserve’, viewers were expecting a story of female empowerment, which saw these women regain control in their lives and relationships.

However, fans have been left concerned that the latest development in Linda’s storyline was purely to serve the murder mystery, and are now wondering if it was actually worth it to see the character so broken.

It remains to be seen where Linda’s story is set to go from here, but we can only hope that she will be able to get justice of some kind.


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