EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders villain Lucas Johnson will suffer a brutal beating as part of his explosive return story, it has been revealed.
Bosses announced last week that Don Gilet is reprising his role as sinister Lucas, who is currently serving a prison sentence for multiple crimes.
Brand new paparazzi pictures show that Lucas will be beaten up in a car park, after attempting to get back in touch with his ex-wife Denise.
Denise’s world was turned upside down last month, when she discovered that Raymond – the son she’d given up for adoption in 2017 – was fighting for his life in hospital and his adoptive parents had been killed in a car crash.
Given that Phil, who is Raymond’s biological father, is determined to get custody of the youngster, fans should expect many more twists and turns over the coming weeks.
It’s also now looking like the story is ultimately paving the way for Lucas’s comeback, after he gets wind of Denise and Phil’s love child and decides he wants to get involved.
Unsurprisingly, Phil is not having any of it and arranges for someone to meet Lucas in a car park, before beating him up.
The spoilery images show the assailant repeatedly punching Lucas, who is left injured and lying on the floor. However, as Lucas struggles back to his feet and plots his next move, has Phil just made everything worse?
Speaking about his return to the show, Don said previously: “I’m thrilled and honoured to be asked to breathe life once again into such a complex, controversial and divisive character but, most importantly, to have another opportunity to work alongside one of the UK’s finest actors, Diane Parish. I feel blessed.”
Executive producer Jon Sen added: “Bringing back Don to the Square has been on our wish list for some time now as there’s definitely some unfinished business with Lucas and he certainly hasn’t let Denise go.
“His reign of terror put him firmly up there with Walford’s biggest villains and I can’t wait for audiences to watch his return unfold.”
News of Lucas’s return came after Kate Oates, head of continuing drama at the BBC, had teased a big comeback in the run-up to Christmas.
EastEnders continues tonight (October 15) at 7.35pm on BBC One.
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