The following article contains discussion of sexual assault.
EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders has cast doubt on a major Gina Knight fan theory.
Fans of the soap have been suggesting that Gina's recent mentions of a former boyfriend could be laying the groundwork for the return of one of the most notorious villains in the show's history.
These fans believe that Gina may have had a romantic past with Dean Wicks, who left the Square several year ago after raping his sister-in-law Linda Carter. In off-screen scenes, he stood trial for attempting to rape girlfriend Roxy Mitchell as well but was acquitted.
Gina had confided in Cindy Beale that her boyfriend back in Spain had moved on with one of her friends, prompting Cindy to offer to track him down and get revenge.
In Monday's episode (October 23), the main focus for the Knight family was Cindy clashing with George Knight's partner Elaine Peacock in the pub once Cindy discovered she wouldn't be getting a cut of the Marbella bar's sale.
The Knights had received a box with items from the Marbella bar, leading to some reminiscing within the family. Gina wasn't quite as pleased as she rifled through the box.
The family were going through boxes of photos they used to hang on the wall, when Gina surreptitiously put one box aside. Gina found a photo of a smiling young man, then quickly turned it over so as not to look.
This man did not appear to be Dean Wicks, thus throwing some cold water on the theory that he's Gina's ex-boyfriend.
There is still the possibility the man in the photo has some other connection to the Knight family, but viewers will have to keep watching to find out for sure.
It has been reported that Matt Di Angelo has been tipped for a return of some sort to EastEnders after he was caught in the background of set photos shot at the Vic.
Show boss Chris Clenshaw has also confirmed that Linda Carter will have a huge Halloween story this year where she will get "one hell of a surprise that she doesn't bargain for".
EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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