EASTENDERS’ Mel Owen is set to get quite the shock in upcoming episodes this week when she realises she can’t afford to bury her dead son, Hunter.
The grieving mother, who’s played by Tamzin Outhwaite in the BBC One soap, faces a hard blow when Phil and Sharon Mitchell cut her off after seeing unusual withdrawals coming out of the E20 account.
And fans will see that it doesn’t take the Mitchell couple long to realise that Mel’s behind the missing funds – leaving them with no choice but to cut her off.
Mel is left distraught that she can’t pay for her own son’s funeral and confronts Sharon about it.
Meanwhile, spoilers for next week have hinted that Mel is set to discover Sharon’s dark secret with Keanu Taylor.
The pair, who previously engaged in a steamy affair, have since put an end to their secret romance, with Keanu moving on with Louise.
However, it appears their storyline is far from over as show bosses tease that they are in for an explosive festive season.
Speaking to the Metro, Kate Oates previewed what soap fans have to look forward to.
She said: “There’s so much going on in Walford from autumn, well into the New Year. But, of course, in true EastEnders tradition, Christmas is huge.
“Much of it will circulate around a very complicated and messy love affair — so expect some major Sheanu drama as it all explodes….but we’ve got some twists and surprises in that story which last right through to New Year.”
News of the affair will no doubt cause shock waves through the Square as Phil believes he’s the father of his wife’s child.
Sharon found out she was expecting back in May 2019 – but had no idea whether toyboy Keanu or her hard nut husband Phil Mitchell was the dad.
After receiving a letter which revealed that Phil wasn’t the father, Sharon considered having a termination.
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However, when Phil caught her looking at abortion websites, she had to come clean and reveal she was pregnant.
To make matters worse, stepdaughter Louise, played by Tilly Keeper, is also expecting Keanu’s child.
The actress – who has played Louise since 2016 in the BBC soap – has previously hinted the pregnant schoolgirl will embrace her Mitchell legacy as a villain to take revenge on Keanu and Sharon.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, Tilly said: “It would be so interesting for Louise to go full psycho.
“When I was introduced into the show Louise did have a villainous streak to her so it would be lovely to explore that again.
“And the golden rule is you never cross a Mitchell so we’ll see.”