Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) was left to die in EastEnders tonight (December 4) in harrowing scenes, as one resident sought murderous revenge.
The Queen Vic landlord has antagonised just about every resident in Walford over the past couple of months, and he’s continued to descend to new lows in the process.
From re-mortgaging the cafe behind mum Kathy’s (Gillian Taylforth), to stealing money from Max Branning (Jake Wood) — not to mention grassing on brother Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) — Ian has offended everyone in the Square.
In tonight’s instalment, he paid the price.
Yes, one mainstay sought revenge, as the publican was left for dead on the floor of the pub, but just who carried out the brutal attack?
Sit back and read on, as we explain why all of the below characters are possible suspects.
Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White) was desperate to reclaim the Queen Vic for the Carter clan in an effort to cheer up Mick (Danny Dyer), as she’s noticed he’s not been himself lately.
She called the police on Ian and reported him for fraud — hoping to secure the pub in the process. However, Mick wants nothing to do with the Vic, and he told her this in a heated showdown in tonight’s episode.
An emotional Tina then faced off with Ian, and later we saw her covered in blood.
The question is: who’s blood is it?
Is it Ian’s? She certainly has reason to want revenge after the horrible things he said to her.
Tina was determined to wash away the evidence, that’s for sure.
Ben was seen exiting the Queen Vic around the time of the attack — and he looked rather suspicious while doing so.
Has he attacked Ian?
Given that he promised Callum ‘Halfway’ Highway (Tony Clay) that he would kill his brother in this very episode, we reckon it’s a possibility for sure.
Is Ben capable of attacking his own sibling? He was enraged when he discovered that Ian had grassed on the Mitchells, that’s for sure.
Peter Beale (Dayle Hudson) hasn’t been getting along with Ian at all since he returned to Walford, but things escalated between them when Ian refused to help his son locate the money to help out Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) and Louie following the fire in New Zealand.
After discovering that Ian stole the Lucy Beale foundation prize money, however, Peter was seething, and he implored that Bobby Beale (Clay Milner Russell) see that Ian is the one who should be dead — not Lucy.
Is this an indication that Peter had murder on the brain?
After the attack, Peter was seen running through the Square with a bruise on his face — suggesting he had a violent altercation with someone.
Was it he who attacked Ian?
Much like Peter, Bobby was heartbroken when he realised that it was Ian who had stolen the Lucy Beale foundation money.
In fact, the young lad was fuming, and he lashed out by breaking his laptop.
With Bobby finally having come to realise that his dad simply isn’t a nice guy, could he perhaps have resorted to violence?
Will history repeat?
Bobby has come a long way since he was released from prison, and it would certainly take a lot for him to lash out, but with Ian’s betrayal being so heartbreaking, could his tempter have got the better of him?
Ian’s decision to tell Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) about Tiffany Butcher-Baker (Maisie Smith) being Rainie and Stuart Highway’s (Tanya Franks and Ricky Champ) surrogate was the catalyst in a series of events which resulted in Rainie’s dreams being shattered once more.
This was a hard enough thing for her to come to terms with, but Ian subsequently left her in tears when he berated she and Stuart, as he suggested that the world’s better off without a baby of theirs in it.
After dark, Rainie was seen acting shady in the wake of the attack, as she desperately hurried down the market and seemingly back home.
But what is she hiding?
Much like Rainie, Stuart had more than enough reason to want revenge on Ian after what he said, and he was later seen burning something which was seemingly soaked in blood.
The question is: is this proof that he did, in fact, attack Ian?
If not, then just what evidence was he seemingly disposing of?
Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal) reminded Kheerat (Jaz Deol) that the Panesars ‘go for the jugular’ in regards to the revenge she was cooking up for Ian.
Viewers will know that Ian double-crossed Suki, and informed a reporter from the gazette about the fact that she’d tried to bribe him.
In tonight’s episode — as the attack was carried out — Suki was seen very publicly having a drink in Ruby’s — a moment which was captured on CCTV.
If she is responsible for attacking Ian, could this be a part of her masterplan to ensure that she wasn’t implicated in the assault?
Max has more reason than most to want Ian dead, and he has vowed to kill him multiple times since the soap returned to screens in September.
From stealing all his money, to setting him up for fraud — not to mention blackmailing him over his kiss with Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) — Ian has made Max’s life a living hell, so perhaps Max thought he ought to return the favour?
Did Max carry out the attack?
EastEnders continues tonight at 8:05pm on BBC One.
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