EastEnders fans predict Dean Wicks will return as new storyline for Shirley is revealed

Dean raped Linda Carter

EastEnders fans have predicted that Dean Wicks will return as part of Shirley Carter’s new storyline.

In Monday’s episode of EastEnders: Secrets From The Square (Monday, August 24) Stacey Dooley sat down with Linda Henry, who plays Shirley and Luisa Bradshaw-White, who plays Shirley’s sister Tina Carter.

Towards the end of the show, the two women revealed what’s to come for their characters when BBC soap returns on September 7.

Linda told Stacey: “I can give you a clue about what’s going to happen to Shirley. The past comes back, bites Shirley on the bum.”

Something big is coming for Shirley (Credit: BBC)

When Stacey asked Luisa if she knew what Linda was doing for the storyline, Luisa said: “Yes. I only just found out about five minutes ago though. We were really excited about it. It’s a really, really awesome storyline.”

Luisa looked at Linda and added: “She cried.”

Linda added: “I cried because…”

She then remained coy before revealing anymore information.

But fans think the storyline will be the return of Shirley’s son, Dean Wicks.

EastEnders: Who is Dean Wicks? What does he have to do with Shirley?

For those who aren’t sure who Dean is, Dean is the son of Shirley and Buster Briggs.

The character was played by Michael Di Angelo from 2006 until 2008, before a second stint from 2014 until 2016.

The past comes back, bites Shirley on the bum.

During his second stint, Dean raped his brother Mick’s wife, Linda Carter.

Dean caused a lot of trauma and heartbreak for the Carters (Credit: BBC)

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Although Linda tried to keep what happened to herself, Dean told the family it was consensual sex.

Later Dean attempted to rape Roxy Mitchell and was arrested.

Dean went to jail and Shirley pleaded with him to plead guilty and threatened to disown him if he didn’t.

Dean hasn’t been seen since 2016 (Credit: BBC)

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However he decided to plead not guilty and remained in custody until the trial. In the off-screen trial, he was acquitted for attempted rape and Buster paid him off to leave Walford.

But could he be making his way back to Walford?


EastEnders returns Monday September 7. 

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Charlotte Rodrigues
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Charlotte Rodrigues joined Entertainment Daily in April 2018, as Audience Engagement Executive. A huge soap fan, Charlotte then became Senior Soap Writer, delivering the latest storylines and spoilers to our followers.