EASTENDERS fans have been left horrified after realising that newly-married couple Ian Beale and Sharon Watts are step-siblings.
Viewers were astounded when the chip shop owner declared his undying love for his “best friend” and proposed on last week's episode.
But the pair are more entwined than just being friends, as one fan reminded viewers that Ian's mum Kathy was once married to Gavin Sullivan, Sharon's real father.
Viewers were also left questioning how many roles Sharon has now played in Phil Mitchell's son Ben's life.
"OK, so she's been Ben's aunt, step-mum, step-sister, and now sister-in-law," joked one viewer.
Ben is the son of Phil and Kathy Beale; Sharon was married to Phil making her Ben's step-mom, was his step-sister when Kathy was wed to Gavin, and his aunt when she was married to Grant, Ben's uncle.
Ian is Ben's half-brother making Sharon his new sister-in-law.
Other viewers however had been "appalled" by what the show bosses have done toSharon & Ian's friendship,"one of the few genuine ones in EastEnders and one of the longest-running in any soap."
"All those years of history trampled over and for what, a few shock twists and "OMG" moments?" commented one upset viewer.
Ian was attacked and left for dead in the Queen Vic and rushed to hospital, however doctors discovered a deadly bleed on his brain.
Convinced he was about to meet his maker, Ian confessed to Sharon that he only ever wanted to take care of her – and he wants her to have the Vic.
The Queen Vic landlady shocked everyone by not only agreeing to the marriage but finding an officiant so they could get hitched while Ian is in hospital.
But after years of rejecting Ian's romantic advances, fans think Sharon is playing another game – one of revenge.
Viewers know Ian is responsible for Sharon son's Denny's death – but on screen it appears that she doesn't know.
However after her surprise decision to agree to marry Ian – and the thunderous look on her face while it was happening, fans are convinced she knows about Denny and wants revenge.
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