EastEnders spoilers: Katy Lewis will ‘do anything in her power’ to control Mick Carter
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EastEnders viewers saw Katy Lewis (played by Simone Lahbib) enter Walford earlier this year, weeks after Frankie Lewis (Rose Ayling-Ellis) revealed to Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) she believed he is her father. But with Mick mentally in a very difficult place, with his anxiety only worsening, it seems he may never be able to truly escape Katy’s clutches as show boss Jon Sen has admitted the abuser will “do anything in her power to stop the truth from coming out.”
Mick discovered earlier this year the true identity of Frankie after the mysterious newcomer seemed to get a bit too close to comfort.
Her confession shocked Mick and since then, he has struggled to know how to move forward.
He is yet to tell his family the truth about who Frankie is as well as the trauma he is suffering from his childhood.
And after finding out his wife Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) has been conducting an affair with Max Branning (Jake Wood), Mick has hit rock bottom.
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With Linda now planning a quick exit on New Year’s Day with her new flame, it seems things are only set to get worse for Mick.
Speaking recently about the storyline, show boss Jon Sen has divulged further about the control Katy still has over Mick.
And it seems it may still be some time before Katy’s true motives are out in the open.
He began: “We’ve known Mick Carter for many years and when we decided that there was something in his past that had led to his panic attacks and anxiety, we wanted to explore what that could be.
“Thinking back to his childhood in care and Mick being abandoned by Shirley and left to fend for himself and looked at what else might have happened during that time.
“It gave us a chance to look at the logic of why he might have repressed those childhood memories and so in visiting them, Mick is able to lift the lid on a whole wealth of pain and suffering that happened when he was 12,” Jon said.
He went on to explain just how controlling Katy could end up becoming in the weeks to come as Mick continues to decline.
Jon continued: “Simone is brilliant at playing Katy because you suddenly see in her eyes that there are levers of control she’s able to exploit so excellently.
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“One of the most gripping things about it is depicting how an abuser is able to manipulate their victim as an adult, in similar ways to when they were groomed as a child.
“So when Mick really starts to find his footing with the memories from the past– Katy will, of course, do anything in her power to stop the truth from ever coming out.”
But what methods will Katy use in order to stop the real reason for their supposed closeness from being exposed?
With Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White) now having departed, in fact, being brutally murdered – and his wife about to flee, Mick feels he is running out of people to turn to.
In episodes to come, Mick will contemplate taking his own life as he sees no way out of his difficult ordeal.
He finally confronts Katy about what happened to him when he was in her care and this leads to him feeling completely lost.
But will he manage to open up to somebody who really cares and finally get some much-needed help?
Danny Dyer recently opened up about what he hoped viewers would take away from the New Year’s episode: “I just hope that it shines a light on suicide [or suicidal feelings] – especially in men, who we know are at greater risk.
“I think men who, through time, haven’t been known for really talking about feelings and expressing ourselves, which we know can make problems worse. It’s so important to do that now – it’s vital.”
If you have been affected by Mick’s storyline, visit Samaritans here or ring the Samaritans helpline on 116 123.
EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.
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