Karen (played by Lorraine Stanley) bid farewell to her son Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) for the final time at the dramatic end to EastEnders’ anniversary week after he was blamed by Sharon (Letitia Dean) for her son Dennis Rickman’s death (Bleu Landau). With the coming weeks set to see the consequences of the disastrous boat party play out on the BBC soap, will the grandmother be forced to step in and take her grandson away from the grief-stricken mother?
This evening’s instalment of the Walford based drama saw the groundhog day theme running throughout this week come to an end as the events of the day of the boat party were played out in real life.
With several lives hanging in the balance on the Thames, back on the Square, Sharon was giving birth to her and Keanu’s son.
Little did she know, her eldest child Dennis had been locked in a chamber onboard the sinking vessel by her best friend Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and although he made it out, by the time he reached land, the youngster had succumbed to the trauma of his ordeal.
It was down to the father of the legendary character’s baby to break the news and with the grief-stricken mother reaching breaking point, will she neglect her newborn and give Karen the go ahead to adopt him?
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EastEnders spoilers: Karen Taylor adopts Sharon Mitchell’s baby after heartbreaking death? (Image: BBC)
EastEnders spoilers: Dennis Rickman was killed off in the boat party disaster (Image: ITV)
After telling Sharon the news about Dennis, Keanu sat and listened as the mother spiralled into turmoil about why her son had died.
“This is my fault,” she opined, with her mind going back to the summer when she told her young lover’s then girlfriend Louise Mitchell (Tilly Keeper) she wasn’t sleeping with him.