EASTENDERS' Patrick Trueman will find himself in danger in the new year as he tries to protect Denise Fox from her serial killer ex Lucas Johnson.
Denise was stunned to see her evil ex husband Lucas during the BBC One soap’s epic Christmas day episode. Will Lucas claim Patrick as his next victim? Here's the lowdown…
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Does Lucas kill Patrick in EastEnders?
Spoilers have been revealed that Patrick’s efforts to protect Denise will take a disastrous turn this week, leaving Denise furious and Patrick heartbroken.
Patrick will turn to Phil Mitchell when Jack Branning refuses to help.
Phil then pays a henchman to attack Lucas and show him who’s boss.
But will Phil’s attack end up backfiring on Patrick?
The soap has teased that s knock at the door will then leave Patrick in grave danger.
Will it be Lucas?
Viewers will have to tune in to find out whether Patrick gets caught in Lucas’ firing line.
Why has Lucas returned to EastEnders?
It’s not yet clear why exactly Lucas is back in the Square – and whether he’s after revenge against Denise for turning him into the police for the murders he committed.
Speaking about his return, actor Don told The Sun Online: “I’m thrilled and honoured to be asked to breathe life once again into such a complex, controversial and divisive character but, most importantly, to have another opportunity to work alongside one of the UK’s finest actors, Diane Parish."
He added: "I feel blessed.”
EastEnders’ executive producer Jon Sen added: “Bringing back Don to the Square has been on our wish list for some time now as there’s definitely some unfinished business with Lucas and he certainly hasn’t let Denise go.
“His reign of terror put him firmly up there with Walford’s biggest villains and I can’t wait for audiences to watch his return unfold.”
Why did Lucas leave EastEnders?
Lucas was sent to prison in 2016 after brutally murdering give residents of the Square.
His killing spree began in 2009 when he murdered his ex Trina at the allotments with a rake.
Lucas then murdered Denise’s ex Owen after he discovered his killer secret, driving him away from Walford and strangling him with a bow tie during a furious showdown.
Lucas also murdered three prostitutes named Sugar, Jade and Gemma during his time in Walford, which took his murder count to five.
Lucas later framed Denise for his sick murders before faking her suicide and keeping her locked in a basement for months, but she eventually managed to escape and report his crimes to the police.
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