Alfie and Kat (Jessie Wallace) are set to take a break from Albert Square as Shane and Jessie will be filming a six-part spin-off series for their soap alter egos, but before they bid farewell to Walford Alfie will get some shock news that taints their departure.
Shane told the Radio Times: “It’s the biggest curveball I think Alfie has ever been thrown in the 13 years that I’ve been here. I’ve told very few people about it. It will be interesting to see the reaction.
Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace play Alfie and Kat in EastEnders (BBC)
“Just when you think they’re finding happiness, something like this happens. It’s a dark secret that Alfie takes to Ireland with him. The audience will know, but no one else will.”
But Shane warned that as usual, Alfie wouldn’t deal with the problem: “He just wants to go. It’s typical of Alfie to put his head in the sand and not acknowledge what’s just happened. And that really is evident in the very last scene. You just kind of think, ‘Oh, Alfie!’”
Will Alfie (Shane Richie) and Kat (Jessie Wallace) get a happy ending in EastEnders? (BBC)
Talking about what fans can expect from the Kat and Alfie spin-off, Shane added: “They can expect nothing like they’ve seen before! This is Kat and Alfie on a grand scale. This is almost like Kat and Alfie the movie! That’s what we’re hoping for and it will be massive with big stories.
“It’s about faith, it’s about two people’s journeys that are finally coming to a head. We’ll find out who Kat and Alfie really are and the dark secrets they’ve kept for years and where they’re going. It’s going to be mystical, dark, explosive, and it’s also going to be beautiful.”