EastEnders fans work out Janines downfall as they uncover hidden past with Linda

EastEnders viewers watched in horror as Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) manipulated Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) into drinking alcohol again.

In the scenes which aired in last night’s episode (Tuesday 28 December), Janine lied to Linda that her name was Judith Bernstein, before encouraging her to open up about her marriage woes to husband Mick (Danny Dyer).

Once she’d earned Linda’s trust, Janine, who was counting on the fact that Linda would not recognise her, watched as she took comfort in a bottle of wine.

However, fans of the BBC soap are now certain that Janine’s evil actions will come back to bite her, as they’ve uncovered that she and Linda have already met in the past – and it’s only a matter of time before Linda realises.

Taking to social media after they watched Janine work her evil magic on Linda in a bid to get closer to Mick, many pointed out their previous connection that played out on screen eight years ago.

The characters’ brief interaction took place in March 2014 when the pair came face-to-face for the first time in Linda’s pub The Queen Vic.

Picking up on their past, one viewer said: “When Janine was released [from prison] in March 2014, she and Linda had a brief interaction and Janine left in the same episode.”

Another added: “Linda knows exactly who Janine is. She’s met her before and even barred her from The Vic.”

Other soap fans said the writers had hinted at their hidden past themselves, with Linda noting that Janine looked “very familiar.”

One commented: “Linda did say Janine looked familiar so she remembered something.”

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Continuing to discuss what this could mean for the future, eagle-eyed viewers predicted that when the truth comes out, Linda would stop at nothing to get her revenge on Janine.

One said: “I can’t wait for Linda to come back and sort Janine out.”

Another agreed, writing: “Kind of hoping Janine’s twisted plan backfires on her and Linda remembers who she is.”

EastEnders have hinted that this is just the beginning of the Janine, Mick and Linda love triangle, as Janine continues to try to drive a wedge in between the couple.

Teasing what’s to unfold in the coming months, BBC bosses said: “Over at The Vic, Mick has some adjusting to do as he adapts to the new set up, but things are never that easy when Janine is close by.”

“With Janine falling for Mick, she’s fully prepared to play the long game…”

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