EASTENDERS fans are predicting that Phil Mitchell will survive his horrific attack and return to take revenge on Stacey Fowler.
The soap hardman, played by Steve McFadden, was hit over the head with a spanner by the feisty market stall owner and left for dead after finding him choking her husband Martin in the Arches.
But fans are adamant that the longstanding character will survivE, despite his life threatening injuries, as he’s seemingly managed to live through all the other attacks.
One wrote: ”Seriously Phil Mitchell has been in so many incidents that any other person would die from but somehow he survives I don’t see this being any different. #EastEnders
While another said: ”#EastEnders Stacy was my choice and she delivered the blow. But just in case Phil survives with his memory intact, she might want to get out of the country. Phil has never been for the forgive and forget type of guy.”
A third said: ”Haven’t watched EastEnders in years, but just know big Phil is gonna be still alive then it’s game over for everyone.”
The drama first began when Phil had threatened to harm Kat’s son Tommy, forcing her to follow him to the garage to have it out with him warning him not to threaten her boys.
But as Martin spotted the row and followed, he found Phil screaming abuse at Kat.
Phil shouted: “People like you think I’ve changed, people like you think I’m slowing down but I ain’t. I haven’t changed, nothing ever changes, we are what we are, do you understand?”
Martin waded in and warned Phil to get his hands off Kat, and Phil turned his rage towards Martin.
He said: “Your nutjob of a wife been having a good laugh at my expense has she?”
Phil brutally began to beat Martin before holding a metal bar across his throat as Martin struggled to breathe.
“Tell me that again,” he shouted as he choked Martin with Kat screaming him to let him go.
But as Kat screamed, Stacey appeared and took action, smashing Phil over the head with a spanner and knocking him into the car pit of the garage.
Phil lay bleeding from his head and alone in the filthy pit as Stacey, Martin and Kat panicked over what had just happened.
And with new mum Lacey about to leave screens to go on maternity leave following the recent birth of her daughter, Dusty Violet Kay, her character needs to take a long break from the show.
Her exit could be done in multiple ways, with the obvious resolution being for Stacey to go to prison for attacking Phil- as she’s already served time for killing Archie Mitchell but was able to appeal her sentence due to being bi-polar.
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Another option would be for the mum-of-two to go on the run from the law- which she has done before after Janine Butcher tried to frame her for attempted murder.
But with Martin and Kat also present during the incident they could take the blame to protect Stacey and it has already been revealed that two Walford residents will get arrested next week.
And there’s always the possibility that Phil could come round and have absolutely no memory of who attacked him, leaving the Fowler/Slaters free to get on with their lives.
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