EastEnders fans spot major clue that soap icon will return after dramatic exit

Following his dramatic exit during Christmas 2022, EastEnders fans have been wondering if Mick Carter will ever return to Albert Square. Now, many believe they spotted a clue that Danny Dyer could be reprising his role in the BBC soap sooner rather than later.

Mick vanished at sea in December 2022 after trying to save childhood sweetheart Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) and villainous Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks). Both women survived, yet Mick never returned and was declared dead despite a body never being recovered.

Linda has continued to struggle in the aftermath of her husband's disappearance, with the pub landlady turning to alcohol to cope again. Her downward spiral was made worse following the murder of Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) on Christmas Day.

Danny Dyer
Danny Dyer played Mick Carter in EastEnders -Credit:BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

In Monday's (10 June) episode of EastEnders, Linda told how she'd been dreaming of Mick and was struggling with her son Ollie's questions about his death. Bernie Taylor (Claire Norris) then arrived in the Vic to ask if Keanu's wake could be held there, sending Linda over the edge.

She sought comfort in the bottom of a bottle and was later found in the cellar drunk. As her struggles continue, and following her mention of Mick, fans have wondered if her husband could come back in time to save her.

Taking to X, one person said: "Linda is having dreams of Mick. I’m convinced one day he will return". Another added: "Also they need to replace Lola's picture with a picture of Mick now on the bar. Mick was owner of the Vic and had a more substantial impact on the place then Lola did. I still think Mick may come back for the 40th - Keep in mind we haven't seen a body."

Linda and Mick Carter
Linda has struggled to cope since Mick's disappearance -Credit:BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

Another soap fan added: "I can see thick Mick coming back some day with a ridiculous story". Somebody else penned: "why did we never get a funeral send off for Mick? or did I miss something."

Actor Danny has previously hinted he could return to EE in the future. Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show last year, he said: "If it goes [bleep] up I can go back. I can turn up in three years’ time, walk in The Queen Vic smothered in seaweed." He added: "They wanted to keep it open. I’m very privileged and grateful for that job. It really did change my career and my life."