EastEnders fans were left gobsmacked this evening as it was revealed that Linda Carter was the one who shot Stuart Halfway.
As the Carters crept around the Queen Vic, they tried to figure out what had happened after a gun shot rang out.
However Halfway was left horrified when he discovered his brother lying in a pool of blood in the basement.
Initially, it appeared as though Mick had fatally hurt Stuart, but after Whitney announced that both the police and ambulances were coming it became clear who the shooter had been.
Linda rushed to retrieve the gun stashed under the bar and wrapped in cloth as she tried to hide it.
The twist came as a shock to viewers, who had thought Stuart had shot someone else.
Last night, Stuart was seen muttering incessantly to himself before ringing the bell and lying in wait to get his victim.
"Must be my lucky day," he murmured before a shot rang out in the Square.
This comes after an explosive trailer last week teased that the sinister villain’s return would bring chaos to Walford.
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The Carters had tried to get back to normal after their ordeal with Stuart, but were horrified when he called the Queen Vic and let slip that Halfway has visited him.
The family were disgusted at Halfway’s betrayal, after which Start called back and dropped a bombshell for Mick.
The pub landlord was livid and set off to confront Stuart, but was confused when Stuart had laid tools out for him in his flat for Mick to use so he could exact his revenge.
Tensions rose but Mick decided it wasn’t worth it to have a go at Stuart, but the villain continued to goad him until Mick exploded with anger.
Later on, Mick headed home and showed Linda a video which terrified her entirely.
Meanwhile, Tina discovered Dylan, who put in a statement about Stuart’s terrible misdeeds, had retracted his words.
She was furious and went to confront him, but Dylan explained Stuart has been intimidating him and he was concerned for his wellbeing, so Tina offered the terrified witness a place to stay at The Vic.
The whole family were terrified, and Halfways asked Whitney to stay with him so he could ensure she was protected, as no one was sure who Stuart would strike next.
A restless Mick had trouble sleeping so he took Lady Di out for a walk, but he had no idea Stuart was lying in wait at The Vic.
EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC1.
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