EastEnders fan unearths telling clue that Phil Mitchell dies on Christmas Day

Hardcore EastEnders fans have turned into detectives in recent months following the flashforward episode that teased an upcoming Christmas day murder.

The episode, which aired in February, showed a group of Walford’s most iconic women, who have come to be nicknamed The Six, gathered around a mystery dead body, presumably having killed him.

Ever since that fateful day, viewers have been on the lookout for clues, and here on the Metro.co.uk Soaps desk it is no different. (What do you mean not everybody has a detective-style murder board dedicated to solving this mystery?)

One EastEnders fan is clearly on our level, and has taken to Reddit to share their theories over why they believe Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) will be the murder victim, and, after sprinkling in some of the clues we’ve picked up on ourselves, we’re starting to wonder if they could be bang on the money.

They gave a whole host of reasons to support their theory, but the one that stood out to us the most was a very special date.

If, like us, you have regularly returned to the EastEnders YouTube channel to watch the REEvisited episode with the flash forward scene, then you may have noticed that it was published on February 20.

‘But why is this important?’ We hear you cry!

Well, February 20 1990 was the exact date that Phil Mitchell made his debut on Albert Square.

Could the fact that this episode was posted on this exact date prove that he is the Christmas day victim?

Maybe not, if you look at it as a standalone piece of evidence, but throw in some other clues and we’re sure the cogs will start to whir in your brain.

The Reddit user cleverly pointed out that Phil has a connection to all six of the women involved in the murder, having been married to Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) and Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean), attacked by Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) and being the father of Denise Fox’s (Diane Parish) son.

On top of that, he lost the Queen Vic to Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) and his son was the one responsible for the death of Suki Panesar’s (Balvinder Sopal) youngest child.

The fan also pointed out his longing running feud with Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters), suggesting that if Keanu is the man that Sharon ends up marrying, Phil may lash out in anger and end up being killed in self defence.

They also suggested that Ross Kemp’s return to acting could pave the way for an EastEnders return, and what other sure fire way to bring back Grant Mitchell is there than to kill off his brother?

If all of that wasn’t enough to convince you, we’ve also done some digging of our own, and uncovered a huge hint that you may have missed.

Back in April, Stacey, wearing red (you’ll know the importance of this if you’ve read our handy guide to all the flash forward clues!), had a conversation with Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) who said the line: ‘Who knows what will be this time next year?’

As she said it, the camera was on Phil, leaving us wondering exactly where Phil might be next year… Will he even still be around?

While the Reddit user pointed out that Steve McFadden has been taking some hiatuses of late, we’re about to take that a step further.

It was announced earlier this year that Steve will be appearing in panto this Christmas, meaning that he will likely have to take time away from filming EastEnders.

Or will he, if Phil has already been killed off?

So, after analysing all of that evidence, what do you think? Could Phil be the body on the floor? Those cufflinks are certainly right up his street…

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