Huge EastEnders twist as murder cufflinks change hands and find their new victim

The following article contains spoilers for Wednesday’s (September 20) EastEnders, which you can catch up on now on BBC iPlayer.

With the EastEnders Christmas murder at the forefront of our minds, you can only imagine the scream we let out when the infamous cufflinks changed hands in tonight’s episode.

For those of you who are only now tuning in to see what all the fuss is about – here’s a brief rundown of what we know so far:

Back in February, a special flash forward episode gave us a look into the future to Christmas Day 2023. We were transported straight into the scene of a murder, where the dead body was surrounded by six women, now affectionately dubbed The Six.

As Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) bent down to inspect the body, we were treated to just one hint as to who may be dead – a unique pair of cufflinks.

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Ever since that fateful day, we have had our eyes peeled in search of the cufflinks, and so far they have made just two appearances on the show.

Back in July, the cufflinks made their first appearance on Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdhry) during a poker game for Rocky Cotton’s (Brian Conley) stag do.

You can imagine the rollercoaster of emotions we went through when they were won by Rocky, only to be immediately passed over to Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), who they have stayed with ever since.

Until tonight, that is.

Weddings seem to be another strong theme in this story, with Sharon wearing a blood-spattered wedding dress during the murder scene.

With Jack having received the cufflinks during the celebrations ahead of Rocky’s wedding to Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), it can’t be coincidence that he chose to pass them on just before another significant wedding ceremony.

As Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) prepared for his wedding to Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace), Jack paid him a visit, and brought a gift along with him: The cursed cufflinks.

He told Phil to look after them as they had belonged to Nish, and were likely expensive. Phil expressed his gratitude, revealing how he had lost his own cufflinks, and we couldn’t help but shout at the telly about how worried he should be to own those tiny bits of metal.

As if receiving EastEnders’ version of the black spot wasn’t enough, things only got more foreboding when Sharon walked in, wearing white.

We have spent hours analysing the importance of The Six’s unique colour palette, and the fact that Sharon is wearing white can only mean one thing – this is a scene we should remember.

As Sharon helped to put the cufflinks on Phil’s shirt, we couldn’t help but wonder if this may be foreshadowing her involvement in the murder.

Could Sharon be set to kill Phil on Christmas Day?

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