Spoilers: Shock EastEnders return for rapist Dean as Shirley's past haunts her?

Shirley Carter’s (Linda Henry) past is set to come back to haunt her in EastEnders, and therefore, one can’t help but wonder if we’ll see Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) again as a result?

Actress Linda revealed on Secrets From The Square (August 24) that an element of Shirley’s past will return to bite her as part of a new storyline when the soap returns.

Teasing what’s to come regarding the character, she told presenter Stacey Dooley: ‘I can give you a clue about what’s going to happen to Shirley. The past comes back and bites Shirley on the bum.’

Co-star Luisa Bradshaw-White — who portrays Shirley’s sister Tina — added: ‘We’re both just really excited about it. It’s a really, really awesome storyline.’

While there’s little known about the story thus far — except for the fact that it’s so good it made Linda cry! — it’s hard not to wonder if Dean will return to Albert Square?

Dean’s final stint in the BBC One serial drama saw him rape Linda Carter (Kellie Bright), and subsequently lie about it.

Shirley was in denial, and refused to believe Dean was capable of such a thing, but when conflict ensued between Dean and Mick (Danny Dyer), she was forced to reveal that the two men in question were actually brothers — the fallout of which was recently screened again.

Shirley finally came to realise that Linda was telling the truth, and a showdown ensued between she and Dean on Mick and Linda’s wedding day in 2016 — and Dean attempted to kill her, the day after she’d previously tried to kill him.

Dean was arrested for attempting to rape Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons), but he was later acquitted and didn’t return to Walford.

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With animosity aplenty between he and Shirley, could he perhaps return for revenge?

Could the element of Shirley’s past that actress Linda is referring to be Dean?

EastEnders returns Monday, September 7 at 8:05pm on BBC One.

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