EastEnders fans were left in tears as Mick Carter emotionally told his wife Linda he was abused as a 12-year-old child during Friday’s episode.
The pub landlord, played by Danny Dyer, broke down as he revealed the awful truth to his wife of 20 years, emotionally telling her ‘I didn’t understand it’.
After bravely telling Linda (Kellie Bright) about what had happened in his childhood, and his 30-year-old daughter Frankie, Mick said he didn’t want to go to the police.
Powerful: EastEnders fans were left in tears as Mick Carter emotionally told his wife Linda he was abused as a 12-year-old child during Friday’s episode
In the moving scenes Mick struggled to find the words to explain his past, leaving Linda to at first thing he’d had an affair and fathered a child.
However when he said Frankie was 30, Linda realised what he was trying to say and rushed to embrace him as he started to cry.
After their chat, Mick said: ‘I just want to concentrate on us, I just want to fix us, I don’t want no police, I don’t want no court case’.
Several fans took to Twitter after the powerful scenes were aired, with many praising Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright for their incredible acting.
Shock: Mick struggled to find the words to explain his past, leaving Linda (pictured) to at first think he’d had an affair and however when she realised what he was trying say she ran to him
One person wrote: ‘Katy manipulated him and he’s so messed up blaming himself this is so heart breaking.’
While another added: ‘These scenes are so powerful man got me on tears Kelly and Danny smashing these scenes wow that hug goosebumps Eastenders is top tier at the moment.’
While someone else penned: ‘Beyond powerful @kelliebright76 @MrDDyer You had me in tears from start to finish! I am so glad Mick opened up to Linda and going to work on their marriage, soulmates always. You both deserve every award for your outstanding performances.’
‘Yeah Eastenders came through with the powerful messages. Respect,’ added another viewer of the soap.
Twisted: Katy tried to manipulate Mick during the show telling him ‘we were in love and we created a beautiful child’
Reaction: Several fans took to Twitter after the powerful scenes were aired, with many praising Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright for their incredible acting
While one fan said: ‘Mick’s story on Eastenders is absolutely heartbreaking.’
Elsewhere in the episode Mick confronted Katy and forced her to admit the abuse, however she tried to twist it back round on him.
Trying to manipulate him, she said: ‘I’m sorry I had to threaten you but when we’re talking about abuse, it sound so wrong.
‘You loved me Michael, we were in love and we created a beautiful child… I knew the rest of the world wouldn’t understand, would judge us and blame you – that’s why I had to keep a secret for so long.’
Tough: Mick broke down after revealing the awful truth to Linda, with the pair embracing as he cried
Awful: After bravely speaking to Linda, Mick told her he didn’t want to go to the police
Katy continued to tell Mick that he sounded ‘pathetic’ and added that ‘real men’ would have been ‘proud’ to lose their virginity to an older woman.
Putting a stop to her awful talk, Mick then declared: ‘You talk and you twist things, just like you used to do… I don’t care if they bang me up, you don’t control me anymore.’
Back in October, the hard-hitting storyline saw Mick blame himself for the abuse, where he emotionally denied being groomed and abused during a chat with Frankie, saying he had ‘made the first move’ and ‘done all the chasing’ with his care worker.
In the scene, Mick told Frankie (Rose Ayling-Ellis): ‘I think you’ve been a little bit quick to judge. I made the first move on your mum.
Shock: Frankie discovered Mick was her father – and her mother had abused him – in October
‘I did all the chasing so it’s not, it can’t be her fault and I just remember thinking I can’t believe my luck. And I remember I told my dad and my dad was like “go on boy, you’re living the dream”.’
It is unlikely Mick’s father, who is actually his grandfather, knew who or how old Katy was.
A horrified Frankie responded: ‘The fact that you were telling daddy, did that not ring any alarm bells? Now that you’re an adult, now that you’re not 12?
‘You were 12. Mum was what 20? How are you even trying to justify this? Everything I thought I knew, I can’t trust it Mick. My own mum, what did all this make me exactly?’
Bosses revealed that Mick will struggle to come to terms with his historic abuse in the emotional storyline, and have worked with charities Survivors UK and the NSPCC to ensure the issue has been handled sensitively.
Since Frankie arrived in Albert Square fans have theorised about her true identity, with the truth finally being revealed when she admitted to Mick he could be her dad.
Mick’s aunt Tina then revealed her identity to the rest of the Carter clan, having known Frankie’s mum Katy from their years in care.
But the truth was finally revealed as Tina said that Katy was ‘in love’ with Mick when he was just 12, with Frankie finally realising the truth about her conception.
Pulling Mick aside, she quickly told her dad she now knew he’d been sexually abused by Katy in care, despite his insistence it was just ‘an affair.’
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Heartbreak: Viewers were also left devastated as Mick blamed himself for being sexually abused as a child, when it was revealed he had fathered a daughter at age 12 in October