As we reported earlier this year, EastEnders actor Steve John Shepherd has quit his role on the show as Michael Moon and is set to leave at the end of the year.
And this morning, it’s been reported that Michael will be killed off in what’s described as “a massive twist” and a “dramatic storyline” that will be the climax of his custody battle with estranged wife Janine Butcher, who’s played by Charlie Brooks, who is also leaving the soap…
However, in reporting on Michael’s death, the Daily Star Sunday intimates that Alice Branning – who’s played by Jasmyn Banks – will be pivotal to the plotline, leading us to wonder if she’s going to murder Michael!
The paper reports, “There will be a massive twist when Michael enlists a smitten Alice Branning to help him get his daughter back.
“Soap bosses are keeping the details of his departure under wraps but the Daily Star Sunday can reveal Michael’s plan will backfire when meek and mild Alice finally sees him for what he really is.”
Alice has of course been in love with Michael for months, and lost her virginity to him earlier this year, but she was left brokenhearted after he coldly rejected her, admitting that he was merely using her and quashing any hopes she had of them becoming a couple.
Ever since, Alice has still been helping Michael to see his daughter Scarlett, however, she’s now embarked on a romance with mild-mannered Tamwar Masood – who’s played by Himesh Patel – but it’s clear that she still has feelings for Michael.
With regard to Steve leaving the show, back in March, he said, “I feel now is the time to move on.
“I have relished every minute of exploring this character – the good and the bad.”
Of the forthcoming plot twist that will leave Michael dead, an EastEnders insider said, “Ever since Janine returned to Albert Square things have gone from bad to worse for Michael.
“He’s lost custody of his daughter and hates Janine with a passion.
“They have been fighting for months and it’s only going to get worse.
“But when Michael manipulates Alice into helping him she flips out and the fall-out will have major consequences.
“Viewers will be shocked by the lengths Janine and Michael will go to for the sake of their daughter.”
We will of course keep you posted when we hear more, but for now, here’s a look at Monday’s episode of EastEnders…