EastEnders’ Sean Slater returns as Jean receives heartbreaking cancer diagnosis?

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Jean Slater (played by Gillian Wright) has been keeping her cancer fears secret from her family and Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) is the only person in EastEnders who knows about her health concerns. However, will an impromptu visit to see Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky) lead to Jean’s son becoming suspicious of his mother’s motives and returning to Walford with her?

In upcoming BBC soap scenes, Jean realises Ruby has transferred a huge sum of money into her bank account. 

She orders the club owner to take the money back but keeps enough for a train ticket to visit Sean. 

Opening up on how Jean feels, Gillian said: “That’s a very uncomfortable thing, to have a lot of money thrown at you. It’s complicated because Ruby is feeling guilty, it’s patronising.

“She tells her she hasn’t got long to live, and not to do something, and she’s done it.” 

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“Then she’s tried to help her out and she starts giving her money to go and see the world while her daughter is in prison,” she continued.

“It is very unwarranted and as far as Jean is concerned it’s dirty money. 

“She wouldn’t go off and have trips all around the world with her daughter in prison, because Ruby has given her money!”

However, if Jean leaves Walford to visit Sean, her son may suspect something is wrong and insist he returns home with her.

The former EastEnders resident may demand his mum finds out once and for all if her cancer has returned. 

Will Sean support Jean as she learns her cancer fears have been realised?

Addressing whether Jean could forgive Ruby for her actions, Gillian said: “That is a big question! Probably not, no definitely not. 

“The story unfolds in an unusual way, what is nice about it is that Jean doesn’t behave in a way in which the audience would expect.”

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“I love what goes on between her and Ruby because she has to be a bigger person,” Gillian wrote.

“She doesn’t defend Ruby because she holds a serious grudge against her.

“But she does find herself in positions where she has a choice to help or not and she chooses to help.

“Jean is becoming a bigger and stronger person but deep down she can’t forgive her.  

“I don’t think Jean is enamoured of Ruby as a person, and I don’t think she wants to mother her.”

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“Ruby has taken away so much from her, the logical thing would be for Jean to punish Ruby but what she does is enable her, befriend her, and they are all nice good things, that make her feel better,” she said.

“I don’t think she wants her last few months of her life to be a nasty or vindictive person. 

“She has been put in a number of situations and chooses the better and bigger option.

“I think Jean struggles to not mother Ruby because she has a daughter, who Ruby has sent to prison. 

“Nothing is black and white and it’s all quite complex. She tries to do the best thing but deep down she’s not happy.”

EastEnders continues on BBC One on Friday at 9pm.

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