Janine's huge EastEnders return storylines revealed?

Janine Butcher has seen off as many husbands as Mary Elizabeth Wilson, been involved in more conspiracies than a John Le Carre protagonist and caused parliamentary outcry following a scene showing her engaging in sex work for drugs.

One of all of soap world’s most iconic characters, after a seven year break from EastEnders, it was announced that Charlie Brooks will be inhabiting the love-to-hate-her vixen again before the end of 2021.

Much has changed in the time she has been away, in Paris (or maybe Leon in Spain), no less. The Queen Vic is now in the hands of Mick and Linda Carter and with promises of her being involved in a huge storyline upon her return, it’d be expected that she wouldn’t be too far away from a battle for ownership of the pub.

Watching her square off with Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright is exactly the kind of drama fans want to see from Janine, who you’d expect to still be up to all sorts of conniving and scheming.

Many old enemies are still in the Square. The last time Janine was mentioned on the show, she had left the Slater family homeless at Christmas after selling the house from underneath them. Kat isn’t one to take such a slight without a comeback.

The first time they see each other again will surely lead to one of those classic stare downs before the doof doofs kick in and we spend the entirety of Countryfile wondering what will happen next.

Kat isn’t the only Slater Janine could be squaring up to though. Stacey is sure to be involved with any big Janine storyline. The arch-enemies have more history than a collection of Britannica encyclopaedias with Janine once attempting to frame Stacey for the murder of one of her many ex-husbands.

Stacey is also set to return to the show later this year once Lacey Turner has completed her maternity leave setting the stage for a clash of the titans.  Janine has never been afraid to get her hands bloody – Barry going tumbling over the cliff will always be a seminal moment for soap fans – so you’d get fairly short odds at a bookmakers on her killing again.

It’s hard to imagine Janine will be too far from the Mitchell clan when she returns, they have an antagonistic relationship that goes back decades and we all know feuds never die in soap land. Watching her and Phil Mitchell battle is the stuff of soap dreams.

There is also a question mark over Scarlett Moon, Janine’s daughter with murdered fourth husband, Michael. She has not been seen or heard of since being left in the custody of Janine’s sister Diane in France but it would be unlike Janine to not want her daughter back at all costs. Scarlett would be around nine now and the thought of Janine coming back with a little mini-me to terrorise the square would make for some juicy storylines.

Being away from the Square for so long, fans will want to know exactly what Janine has been up to and what trouble she has been causing for people outside of Walford.

There are going to be questions that fans want answering and who knows she might not come back alone. There may be another husband on her arm or even another child.

Whatever form her return takes, fans are going to want to know why she has returned to the place she was ostracised from seven years ago and knowing Janine, it’s going to be complicated.

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