Walford gets terrible news as beloved Dot dies in EastEnders

EastEnders kicks off Dot Branning’s final storyline next week, as Sonia Fowler is notified that the legendary character has died.

Sonia (Natalie Cassidy) is distracted in upcoming episodes with trying to help Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks), who is paranoid about Mick Carter’s (Danny Dyer) closeness to ex-wife Linda (Kellie Bright).

Her phone battery dies and she misses an important call as a result, but upon charging the device she receives devastating news that stops her in tracks.

Dot has died.

Arguably the most iconic soap character of all time, Dot made her EastEnders debut in the show’s 40th ever episode, which aired in July 1985.

With the exception of a four-year break between 1993 and 1997, the beloved character was on our screens for the majority of the serial drama’s run, taking centre stage in many an iconic moment, cementing herself as a true Walford legend.

Her final appearance came on January 20, 2020. Dot, at the time, decided to leave the Square and move back to Ireland, where she remained until her death.

The team at EastEnders has been working on paying tribute to the legendary character in the wake of June Brown’s death at the age of 95.

‘It’s not a story that any of us wanted to think of or do, but under the circumstances, we’ve been working on a story where we will say a final farewell to Dot,’ EastEnders boss Chris Clenshaw told Metro.co.uk

‘We lost June earlier this year and what it will be is a fitting tribute to both June and Dot.

‘We are working on it as we speak and it will be exactly what June deserves and I think what the audience deserves. 

‘We always knew we wouldn’t say goodbye to Dot while she was still with us, but she also knew that we’d have to find a time when we did say that. 

‘The hardest day of my time here so far was having to break the news to the cast and crew and whole company that June had sadly passed away.’

A number of former stars will stage a comeback for Dot’s funeral, which has been filmed, with on-location pictures confirming the return of eighties icons Colin Russell, Barry Clarke, Mary ‘The Punk’ Smith and Lofty Holloway.

Disa, who Dot befriended and looked after during 1991, will also set foot back in Walford for the ceremony, as will Lauren Branning.

One to watch: Thursday December 1 at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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