Between discovering that fiancé Ray Kelly (Sean Mahon) was a bigamist, to having to help Hunter (Charlie Winter) cover up her husband-to-be’s murder, Mel Owen (Tamzin Outhwaite) has had an incredibly tough year in EastEnders. However, there’s plenty more tragedy in store for the E20 manager, and — with Tamzin set to depart from the soap later this year — the events which led to her exit — and Hunter’s — are set in motion during the coming episodes.
Following his arrest, Hunter was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Ray — an incident which took place on New Year’s Day following the Irish cop’s wedding. As a result, Mel has found it extremely difficult to focus on anything else but her son.
However, the last few weeks have seen the club manager put an end to her revenge mission to ruin Jack (Scott Maslen), and she’s made every effort to move on. Unfortunately for her, this will prove difficult as — in upcoming episodes — she is informed via a phone call that Hunter is being moved to another prison — but just what is it that has resulted in him having to be transferred?
Worried about what this means, Mel seeks Gray’s (Toby-Alexander Smith) guidance once more. The solicitor struggles to offer much in the way of help, but later he aids her in speaking to someone at the prison about her son’s predicament.
Later, Mel returns home to find the police waiting on her, and she’s left stunned when they inform her that Hunter has escaped.
Has Hunter gone on the run?
Or will he return to Albert Square in search of sanctuary from the law? If it’s the latter, will Mel help him out?
With Hunter’s upcoming demise on the horizon, not to mention the fact that Tamzin will be leaving EastEnders — which means that Mel will be departing from Walford soon — it’s likely that Hunter’s escape will the catalyst for both of these events.
One to watch: Thursday 22nd August at 7:30pm on BBC One.
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