Is EastEnders’ Hunter Owen going to jail?

Is EastEnders' Hunter Owen going to prison?

It’s been over every week since EastEnders villain Ray Kelly was brutally murdered by his stepson Hunter in these terrifying woodland scenes – and we’ve nonetheless bought so many questions.

Ray’s dramatic demise may need introduced an finish to 1 story however it’s sparked a completely new one and positively left us with a lot to consider.

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Mel and Hunter haven’t been seen since that gunshot cliffhanger, however listed here are 9 of the largest speaking factors we would like clearing up once they finally return to our screens:

1. Will Hunter go to jail?

EastEnders 1/4/19: Mel and Hunter


The most important query, for the time being, is surrounding Hunter’s destiny – particularly as we now know his Walford days are undoubtedly numbered. Digital Spy completely revealed final weekend that Charlie Winter can be bowing out of his position of Hunter on the finish of this storyline, leaving us questioning if he’s going through a bleak future because of his crime.

There may be additionally the small matter of these latest paparazzi photos, which confirmed Hunter being dragged away by the police. So, is Hunter going through a jail sentence? Or might he go on the run as a substitute?

2. Is Mel leaving too?

Mel Owen investigates Ray Kelly in EastEnders


It’s not simply Hunter who has dedicated a criminal offense right here, as his no-nonsense mum Mel helped him cowl it up. Determined to guard Hunter in any respect prices, Mel is now in over her head attempting to cover her husband’s messy homicide, and we doubt it’ll be lengthy earlier than the police come knocking.

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Whether or not Mel will face prices alongside her son stays to be seen, however with out Hunter and Ray round, what does the longer term maintain for Mel within the long-term?

3. When will Ray’s physique be discovered?

EMBARGO 1/1018 Ray Kelly in EastEnders


Everyone knows by now that every time a physique is buried in Soapland, it can invariably be dug up at some stage. However with Ray, it’s a case of when not if he shall be discovered. That’s as a result of extra spoiler photos have confirmed that Ray’s corpse shall be found by canine walkers sooner or later within the close to future– subsequently sparking a homicide investigation.

Whereas there was no confirmed date on when this sinister story twist will air on display screen, the scenes have been being filmed in the midst of December – suggesting it can play out later within the winter. Both means, there undoubtedly isn’t too lengthy to attend.

4. Is Jack going to get suspicious?

Jack Branning calls Rainie Branning to give her a heads-up in EastEnders


Given his historical past as an ex-cop, Jack’s detective expertise have been considerably questionable through the years (he was oblivious to Max’s revenge plan for the perfect a part of a 12 months, in spite of everything!). He was, nonetheless, unconvinced by Mel’s fairly feeble fibs when he questioned the place she’d been on New 12 months’s Day, leaving us to surprise if Jack may very well be the Owen duo’s downfall.

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Granted, Jack doesn’t have a lot to go on for the time being, however that’s prone to change when Ray’s demise does finally come to gentle. It is also been revealed that Jack shall be current when the police finally meet up with Hunter, however does he put the items collectively? Or is Jack merely serving to his outdated friends catch a felony?

5. Will Mel and Jack get again collectively?

Mel Owen asks Jack Branning for his advice in EastEnders


Whereas romance could not be farther from Mel’s thoughts proper now, a couple of telltale indicators within the New 12 months episodes hinted that there was nonetheless a spark between her and Jack.

Whereas it is clear that Jack nonetheless holds a torch for his ex, it will be fascinating to see the place his loyalties lie if his aforementioned suspicions collect momentum. Nevertheless, with it trying like Jack will play a component in Hunter’s eventual arrest, we will not see him and Mel strolling off into the sundown anytime quickly.

6. Will the wives begin asking questions?

Mel Owen tries to get information out of Maddie in EastEnders


Maddie and Nicola performed a giant half in Mel’s revenge plan within the lead-up to her eventful nuptials with Ray, and due to this fact we’d be shocked if they only vanished into skinny air within the aftermath. Having reported their dishonest hubby to the police for bigamy, Ray’s Different Ladies have been triumphant once they noticed him being carted away in a police automobile shortly after. However they don’t know the half of it!

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With Ray now nowhere to be seen, it’s absolutely solely a matter of time earlier than Maddie and Nicola begin asking questions. And we wouldn’t wish to be in Mel’s footwear once they do.

7. What has Ray left in his will?

Ray Kelly and Mel Owen look at engagement rings in EastEnders


Ray’s homicide story additionally paves the way in which for an additional Soapland cliche: a dramatic will studying. Every time a rich character pops their clogs, you’ll be able to count on there to be drama when their last needs are learn out. Throw in Ray’s a number of marriages and it’s sure to be extra difficult than ever.

With Mel, Maddie and Nicola all eager for a slice of his inheritance, might there be a shock duff duff second when the trio study they’re ending up with nothing? One final hurrah from past the grave and all that…

8. Did Ray actually kill Dee?

Ray Kelly spies on Mel Owen in EastEnders


Not content material with being a liar, bigamist and a conman, Ray was additionally dubbed a killer in his last few days alive – when it was revealed that he’d murdered his first spouse Dee.

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However did Ray actually kill Dee? Or will she make a Soapland-style back-from-the-dead return sooner or later additional down the road? Neighbours bosses, please don’t give them any concepts. One Dee thriller is sufficient for now…

9. Is Phil going to get dragged in, too?

Phil Mitchell and Ray Kelly clash in EastEnders


Placing apart his magnificent midwifery expertise over the festive season, Phil’s been considerably missing a narrative ever since returning to Walford, which leads us to surprise if he’s about to get dragged into Ray’s murky homicide plot.

If we forged our minds again a couple of weeks to simply after Christmas, Phil was on the centre of a fairly random feud with Ray over the E20. The pair’s rivalry regarded set to be shaping as much as one thing vital, till Ray was got rid of by Hunter. Unusual? Barely. However might Phil discover himself embroiled in Hunter and Mel’s mess because the plot picks up tempo?

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