EASTENDERS saw the end of its explosive 35th anniversary as Dennis Rickman was revealed as the fatality came to a tragic end after the BBC soap's boat party. Sharon Mitchell has just given birth to another baby boy but will also have to cope with her son's death, as some dark secrets also need to come out.
EastEnders star Sharon Mitchell (played by Letitia Dean) was left heartbroken after last week's dramatic events after her teenage son Dennis Rickman (Bleu Landau) failed to get away alive from the boat tragedy. So, as she struggles to cope in the aftermath of his passing, if Ian's (Adam Woodyatt) secret is uncovered, does she decide to leave the Square?
Last week, as the much-awaited boat party took a dramatic turn, the lives of several of the show's favourite characters hanging in the balance.
The Queen Vic's punters were awarded the prize after the pub won the year's London pub when Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) and Linda's wife (Kellie Bright) had all their friends on board for the ride.
Yet things soon took a dark turn as the boat came into difficulties and the guests were immediately rescued.
Some of the inhabitants got stranded on the boat as Mick, Linda, Ian and Dennis were among the characters in distress. It was Dennis who struggled to survive after an intense end to the episode on Friday.
He and Ian, who had frenziedly tried to pull Dennis out, but only Ian was rescued in time, were desperately trying to revive the paramedic.
Sharon elsewhere gave birth to her and the baby of Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters), who was a result of last year's pair affair.
Sharon's husband Phil (Steve McFadden) had rejected his wife after her infidelity was exposed during the festive period. Sharon will be walking out in Walford for the first time this coming week after Dennis ' loss while Ian and Kathy gather around her to try and help her out.
Sharon knows little of her best friend. However, Ian feels responsible for what happened to her late son.
As he figures out whether to tell her the truth or not, it will surely come out sooner or later as Ian continues to feel bad about the consequences of his actions.
Viewers watched Ian look at Dennis on board the boat in a room after he was found guilty of online abuse by his son Bobby Beale (Clay Milner-Russell).
Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero) found the sensitive information on the teen's laptop as an intoxicated Bex Fowler (Jasmine Armfield) told the ending Ian Friday saw Sharon left devastated as she was told the news of her son's passing by lover Keanu, whom she immediately blamed.
He was soon seen leaving Walford in a tearful reunion with mum Karen Taylor (Lorraine Stanley) after Sharon told him she would never see him again.
So far, Ian has kept the truth under wraps about how Sharon's son ended up unable to escape from the boat after locking him in.
Ian screamed and lost the keys to the room as the water level increased, as he quickly tried to free Dennis.
Despite succeeding in freeing Dennis, the youngster failed to be rescued from the water in time as Ian is sure to continue struggling with his guilt. Viewers saw Sharon hold Keanu responsible but what could happen if she finds out what Ian did?
Shortly before his death, Dennis left a message on his mum's phone telling her that Ian had shut him in the It's only a matter of time before Sharon is sure to open the message that her late son gave her.
The mum planned to leave Walford with Dennis and newborn, but after the devastating news, she had to put her plans on hold.
Could she decide to leave and meet Keanu again after finding out what Ian did?