EastEnders fans in shock as Linda Carter returns and drops a huge bombshell

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EASTENDERS fans are in shock after Linda Carter made a surprise return – and dropped a major bombshell.

The grieving landlady – who is played by actress Kellie Bright in the ITV soap – walked back into the Queen Vic tonight to find Alfie Moon throwing a party.

Linda is shocked as she arrives back at The Vic

Alfie tries to explain himself

Furious Linda demanded all the revellers get out in emotional scenes.

Alfie had re-opened the Vic to earn some money for the Slaters.

And he explained to Linda how he wanted the pub to still be thriving for when she returned.

Eventually Linda admitted he was right and that she was grateful for what he’d done.

But she then revealed that seeing the pub open after Mick’s presumed death had had the opposite effect on her.

“You can keep working here for the next couple of weeks,” she told Alfie after he said he just needed to make money for the family.

She added: “Because you’re right – I do need somewhere that’s home. 

“But it can’t be here. 

“Seeing what you did today made me realise that I couldn’t have done that. Not now. Not without Mick. It all just reminds me of him.”

Linda then dropped a huge bombshell on Alfie.

She told him: “It’s time to sell the Vic.”

The shock news left viewers stunned.

One wrote: “Linda saying she can’t continue living at the vic without mick, so she’s going to sell it ? I hope she changes her mind and runs it with sharon instead!.”

A second said: “She is selling the Vic! New owners who? #Eastenders.”

Another added: “Sharon please talk some sense into ar linda she ain’t think straight #EastEnders.”

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