Entertainment: BBC EastEnders fans work out the next big couple as Mick Carter is 'replaced'

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EastEnders fans think they've figured out who the show's next big couple will be. Until now, the focus has been on Mick and Linda Carter.

Taking to a Digital Spy forum, one person asked "Will Alfie and Linda get together?" Fans quickly shared their opinions on the potential coupling in the comments.

"They seemed to be hinting at it today," one wrote as another added "Makes sense, he is basically replacing Mick." One person said: "Wasn’t excited about Alfie's return BUT him and Linda did have a good screen spark for me today that I wasn’t expecting."

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Alfie Moon, who has been appearing on and off since the character's introduction in 2002, returned to Walford in September. He intended to sabotage ex-wife Kat Slater's wedding to Phil Mitchell.

Their wedding hit bump after bump after Kat got stuck on a canal boat with Alfie, sabotaged by her children, in a bid to stop the wedding. Kat eventually dove into the water to reach the wedding and rebuked Alfie's advances one more time.

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Now fans think Alfie could end up with Linda instead. She was previously married to Mick, and the two were rekindling their relationship until Janine Butcher's arrival.

Janine repeatedly interfered in their relationship to get closer to Mick, even tricking recovering alcoholic Linda into a relapse. But with Mick actor Danny Dyer leaving the soap, fans believe Alfie and Linda could be a match.

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When announcing Danny's departure, the BBC said: "Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year. Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character, which we shall always be grateful for; however we won’t be saying goodbye just yet as there’s still quite some time – and plenty of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he departs Walford."

According to Radio Times, Danny said of his departure: "I turned around to the bosses of EastEnders and I said, ‘Listen, I’ve gotta go somewhere. I’m going to die.’ They was like, 'Oh, OK. Errr, right’. And so I sorted it myself and I paid for it myself.

"Fame never suited me. I was always f**king gonna be going down the wrong path. So, I lost the plot for many years and I was a f**king lunatic."

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