Mick Carter’s (Danny Dyer) abuse storyline in EastEnders has been a heart-breaking and upsetting one to watch.
In the space of only a few months Mick has been dealing with the memories of his past, meeting his abuser Katy Lewis (Simone Lahbib) for the first time in over twenty years, and has been so overwhelmed by how he’s feeling, started to push his family away from him.
Even before Katy’s arrival Mick was experiencing anxiety and panic attacks, but ever since the abuser appeared in Mick’s adult life, his mental health has got even worse.
It was confirmed that during the New Year’s Eve episode, Mick’s emotions are set to spiral even further and feeling as though he has no one to turn to, he contemplates taking his own life.
Executive Producer Jon Sen has revealed what to expect during the New Year period:
‘We’ve obviously seen Mick’s battle since Frankie’s arrival on the Square and we’ve seen him grapple with the reawakened memories of his childhood abuse as he struggles to come to terms with that. Over New Year we find him facing his demons properly for the first time in his life.’
Jon continued, adding how dark things get for Mick in this episode:
‘We knew that the abuse storyline would take Mick to some dark places and there’s a logical culmination to this storyline.
‘Somebody who was unable to deal with his own suffering and wanting to put an end to the psychological pain of what happened to him, the memories become too much.’
EastEnders continues Thursday December 24 at 8:15pm on BBC One.
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