Viewers are preparing to say goodbye to Frankie Carter in EastEnders tonight (September 21).
Since arriving on Albert Square two years ago, Frankie has changed the lives of many Walford residents – and has sadly had to go through a few harrowing ordeals of her own.
After being offered a new job tutoring a student in Scotland, Frankie says goodbye to her family and leaves for the airport.
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Here, Daily Star takes a closer look at the fan theories surrounding Frankie's EastEnders exit.
Frankie's exit storyline has recently been teased by EastEnders bosses.
It has been revealed that the character receives a new job offer, after the family of a girl that Frankie is tutoring invite her to move with them to Scotland.
Some fans think that the character will definitely move away from Walford, with one saying: "I guess this storyline will lead to the exit for Frankie."
A second added: "Frankie got a new teaching job and shall be leaving soon."
However, it is reported that Frankie is unsure of the move and that dad Mick is less than enthusiastic.
After she overhears that Janine is pregnant with Mick's child, will Frankie decide to make a u-turn and back out of the job offer?
Some viewers think so, and would also like to see the character get justice, following her recent harrowing sexual attack ordeal in recent episodes, before her departure from the square.
"Frankie's exit does seem really random. Why would she leave with the family of a student who she's only known for a short period of time? I'd understand Frankie's reasons for getting away as she's been through a lot with the attack, etc. But personally I'd of liked to of seen Frankie get justice or some sort of closure first before eventually deciding to move away from Walford," added a third fan.
Janine Butcher has been coming under pressure recently, as the lies about her and Linda Carter's near-fatal car crash begin to unravel.
Viewers could not believe their eyes recently when one of Frankie's photographs showed Janine disposing her bloody clothes following the incident – so could this be her undoing?
Fans think that Frankie could potentially expose Janine's crime before she leaves, with one saying: "After the crash, Janine was under immense pressure – she his her bloody clothes in the car lot bins which were caught on camera by Frankie and that's the evidence that currently lies waiting to be discovered on the fridge at the Carters."
"Oh my god the photo of Janine, in the background of Frankie," added a second, while a third commented: "Omg the picture of Frankie. Your days are numbered Janine."
Other viewers think that Janine's downfall could be linked to Mick and Frankie carter's exits too, with a fourth fan tweeting: "So seeing as we have Mick and Frankie leaving soon, I think we can guess it all has something to do with what Janine has done #EastEnders."
Mick Carter murder
EastEnders bosses have announced a number of exits from the BBC soap this year, including the departures of Mick and Frankie.
Many fans have expressed their sadness at the father-daughter duo's exit, with some thinking that their final stories could be linked.
One fan said: "I hope she leaves with Mick in a sweet way. Their relationship has been so beautifully written and performed and it's how I'd write the two of them out."
However, other fans pointed out that Frankie's exit is teased at a different time to Mick's exit, which is scheduled for the New Year.
Viewers hope that Frankie could make a brief return, and if so, she could feature in Mick's exit storyline.
"I just hope she has a happy ending and that the door will be left open. I would LOVE to see Frankie pop up in the future at some point, even if it's just a flying visit," said one viewer.
Another agreed, saying: "Danny's been on holiday, but not sure if he has some left to do. Could have filmed out of sequence."
Viewers even went as far to suggest that following Mick's relationship with Janine, and the potential exposure of Janine's crime, their relationship could take a darker turn.
"Is she the killer for Mick Carter?" asked one viewer.
Whatever may happen to the Carters, it is sure to bring plenty of drama to the square.
Shirley Carter returns
Frankie's exit is the latest in a series of departures for the beloved family after nearly a decade.
Some viewers are worried that Mick's wife Linda might follow suit and leave Albert Square for good too, but that the Carters will not leave Walford entirely.
Despite Frankie and Mick's exits, fans think that the family will still have a presence on the square, thanks to icon Shirley Carter.
Could Frankie's departure open the door for Shirley to return?
"With the fear of the Carters dying out of #EastEnders following Mick, Nancy and Frankie's exit, and with a fear of Linda leaving as well…do you think Shirley should be brought back into the Mitchell fold for future storylines with Phil, Ben, Sam, etc?" asked one fan on Twitter.
Other viewers agreed that Shirley should come back, with one replying: "I think she could survive on the Mitchells as she was one of Phil's ex wives."
A second agreed, adding: "She was on her own until 2013. I think Shirl will survive. It will be a great shame if Linda goes too."
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