As the sickening tension continues to grow between Dean (Matt Di Angelo) and soon-to-be rape victim Linda, his girlfriend Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) is going to see that her relationship with him has fizzled out.

It’s not that Lauren knows Dean’s obsessed with Linda (Kellie Bright), it’s just that she’s seen he’s not the guy for her… Peter is.

But, in the upcoming episode, Dean doesn’t take rejection well and when Lauren breaks up with him outside The Vic and his reaction is less than gentlemanly. Both Lauren and Whitney (Shona McGarty) are shocked by his aggressive reaction. 

Is this what triggers Dean’s assault on Linda?

EastEnders continues on BBC1, Monday, September 22, 8.00pm