Danny Dyer left EastEnders in the tragic scenes that saw his character Mick Carter killed in the English Channel in an attempt to save the love of his life after their brief reunion.
The 45-year-old actor left BBC One after nearly a decade, joining the cast on Christmas Day 2013, soon followed by on-screen wife Linda Carter played by Kellie Bright.
The hour-long Christmas Day dramatic episode did not disappoint, with Janine Butcher’s web of lies unraveling during a family Christmas Day dinner that left her newlywed husband Mick fell into the arms of his ex-wife Linda.
In the romantic scenes, Mick says: “It’s you. It’s always been you. I’ve known it for a long time, deep down inside I just can’t face it. It’s easier to pretend, to look away.
“Every day I try to convince myself that I love Janine, but deep down I know it’s not true, I love you. I have loved you my whole life. I never stopped, not for a moment.”
After finding out that new bride Janine orchestrated her breakup by blaming Linda, who was struggling with alcoholism, for a car accident, Mick denied it. let her go.
Mick said: ‘She can’t jump into the sunset, she needs to pay for what she did.
In a dramatic car chase, Mick and Linda follow Janine, played by Charlie Brooks, to Dover while the eerie Carol Of The Bells, played by Patrick Thomas Hawes, performs through a cliff-top perspective. in the dark.
After catching up with her, Janine kicks and slaps Mick on top of the cliff causing him to roll on the floor before Linda jumps into her car to try to stop her from escaping.
As the car turned across the road, Linda managed to control the steering wheel before the two swerved off the cliff into the water below.
Mick jumps off the cliff and after finding the car underwater, he follows Linda’s instructions to help Janine, who is pregnant with his child, get to safety first.
Realizing that Linda has yet to resurface, Mick throws himself back into the treacherous waters as viewers witness Linda crawling ashore in emotional scenes.
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In a panic, Linda groaned: “Where is he, where is he. Mick, Mick,” before falling to his knees on the beach in slow motion as Mick failed to return to shore.
The EastEnders theme tune doesn’t play at the end of the episode, instead, credit is given to To Build A Home, by The Cinematic Orchestra, played through a panoramic view of the crashing waves.
Speaking of his departure, Dyer said there was another way out that wasn’t stuck and agreed he’d come “full circle” because his character was initially afraid of water.
“It’s important to know the history of the show to do that, Ian Beale taught me to swim.
“I just wanted it to be a fitting ending. So hopefully it is. There was an alternate ending to be fair, but we didn’t agree with that,” he said.
Bright, who plays Linda, said: “For me, there was a lot of raw, raw emotion attached to the filming of the final episode. But I’m so proud to be a part of it. I love EastEnders at Christmas, I love filming. I love being a part of it.
“It always feels special and it feels a lot like it went all the way around because that was obviously when we were on the show.
“Actually, just seeing Mick and Linda together on screen makes me say, ‘It’s great to see them together’.”
Meanwhile, producer Chris Clenshaw said he feels that after nine years Mick Carter is “going out of fashion”.
He said: “Mick Carter is not the type of character to go out in the back of a black car. I’m so grateful to Danny for staying a little longer and giving us an escape on Christmas Day because I think it’s really important that we give the audience the big TV drama on Christmas Day.
“I think there is nothing bigger than Mick leaving. I think it’s really important that we reunite the two of them. If you know the history of these two characters, they are the love of each other’s lives. It’s in their DNA.”
After it was revealed that Janine lied to try to secure her relationship with Mick, Linda grabbed Janine by the neck and shoved her into the Christmas tree in a screaming altercation.
Dyer, who had to stop his on-screen wife from attacking again, said: “It’s old-fashioned EastEnders. Big scenes, they’re long scenes, 21 pages or something, just around a table.
“It’s old EastEnders, I love that. I think we’ve raised the bar with this.
Dyer also talked about filming the underwater scenes at Ramsgate in Kent, which made up the majority of his final shots.
He added: “You also have the stuff in the water tank, which they’ve spun with broccoli juice. My last scene, I was buried in broccoli, I was in tears and I was very emotional but I smelled the broccoli, that softened the blow.
During his time, Dyer appeared in 1150 episodes of the series, had 117 doof-doofs, welcomed the then-Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla to Albert Square and starred in a spin-off series with documentary producer Stacey Dooley.
EastEnders airs at 7:30pm on Gift Day on BBC One.
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