A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Albert Square was set to be rocked by an arson attack that leaves several of the Slater family fighting for their lives…
But it’s been revealed today that though Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) will survive the blaze, she’s to be left with “life-changing” injuries that are set to prompt some of the most harrowing scenes the BBC soap has aired to date.
According to the Daily Star today, a show insider revealed that in the initial aftermath of the blaze – which will be started by someone the Slater family know well – it will be “touch and go” as to whether Kat will pull through, but as mentioned above, though she will live, she will be left with burns so horrendous that a specialist team of makeup artists has been called in to create prosthetics for Wallace.
The insider added, “This will affect her for the rest of her life. Her burns will be a constant reminder of what happened on that tragic night.
“This is going to be the biggest most challenging thing Kat’s ever gone through. This is a storyline that will run and run.”
In the aftermath of the blaze, it will transpire that though the arsonist knew that Kat’s twin boys Bert and Ernie were in the house along with their dad Alfie, Stacey and her daughter Lily, Big Mo and little Tommy, he/she wasn’t aware that Kat was in the house…
However, of the fate of the Slater family, the show source said, “It remains to be seen if she [Kat] is the only victim.”
It hasn’t yet been revealed exactly when this drama will play out on-screen, but given the show’s history of making Christmas and New Year a time when tragedy strikes in Walford, we’d have money on it that this will be the main plot over the festive period.
That said, the show’s 30th anniversary is ahead in February of next year, so it could be that it will air then, but of course, as soon as we know more, we’ll keep you posted.
For now, here’s a look at what’s ahead in tomorrow night’s visit to Walford, when Phil finds he has some explaining to do…