EastEnders' Kathy Beale to murder Phil Mitchell?
EastEnders' Kathy Beale will attempt to murder Phil Mitchell.
The alcoholic (Steve McFadden) has been fighting for his life after he developed liver failure due to his excessive boozing, but it seems his dangerous condition may not be the reason for putting him in an early grave as his back-from-the-dead ex-wife (Gillian Taylforth) may be the one to stamp on his future.
The fruit stall worker decides to take drastic action after she learns their son Ben Mitchell (Harry Reid) has gone to hospital to get his test results in order to kick-start his dying dad's recovery by giving him a section of his healthy, young, liver.
In a desperate bid to keep her son safe, Kathy feels the only way she can protect him is by getting rid of Phil - for good.
A source told the Mirror Online: "Kathy feels like she has just got Ben back in her life. She will do everything to keep Ben safe but her son will have other things on his mind."
It's not yet known if Phil will manage to make it out a live but Steve - who has played him for 26 years - hopes this won't be the end of his bad boy character but he understands that "happy endings are only ever temporary in soaps."
He said recently: "I do know that actors get concerned about the future and want to know what's happening six months in advance. So there is the temptation to want certain types of storylines. But I've always opened my arms to the nature of soaps - you don't know the end until you get to the end.
"I'm hoping it's not the end for Phil. I'm hoping he's going to stay sober and that all goes well."