EastEnders fans gobsmacked as Lee Carter returns unexpectedly to ‘save’ dad Mick

EastEnders fans were stunned to see Lee Carter make an unexpected return on New Year's Eve, appearing in the cafe in a shocking comeback.

The son of Mick and Linda Carter, Lee hasn't been seen in Walford since January 2020, when he left after witnessing his mum's battle with alcoholism.

Played by Danny Hatchard, Lee appeared in the cafe and talked about Mick and Linda's decision to separate, urging them to reconsider.

Lee was concerned for his dad's mental health, as Mick continues to battle with feelings of anxiety while trying to face up to his childhood abuse.

In 2016, Lee was at the centre of a devastating mental health storyline, and considered taking his own life at the time, only to be saved from jumping off a roof.

In later scenes, after seeking help and talking to people, Lee survived the dark period and has come out the other end.

When he witnessed the decline in Mick's mental health, Lee urged his dad to seek help, realising his father was battling depression.

Watching from home, viewers were shocked to see Lee return, unaware he had plans to make it home to Walford.

Many hoped Lee would help his dad to battle his demons and ease his anxiety, praying a recovery storyline was on the horizon.

One said: "Hoping Lee can save his dad!"

"LEE CARTER!!!! @danboy how nice it is to see your face again on my screen!!! #EastEnders," wrote a second.

"Ugh how I've missed Lee please I need Nancy back as well," added another.

And a fourth exclaimed: "I want Lee to help his dad get better and save him #EastEnders."

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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