EASTENDERS thankfully didn’t make fans wait too long to find out the identity of Lily Slater’s baby daddy – and the answer is set to devastate some of the Square’s biggest families.
Ricky Jr, the 12-year-old son of Sam Mitchell and Jack Branning (though she initially claimed the dad was Ricky Butcher… confusing), was confirmed by Lily on Wednesday evening to be behind her shock pregnancy.
12-year-old schoolgirl Lily is pregnantCredit: BBC
Now the two kids – neither even in their teens yet – are faced with the prospect of becoming parents while they’re still children.
But the seeds had been planted for weeks, if fans had kept a look out.
Here are all the ways Lily and Ricky Jr were able to hide their time together – and it’s actually quite sad.
The troubled teen was seen seeking solace from a mystery texter
Lily has been having a really rough time of it at school, struggling to find her place among kids her own age. She even fell out with Ricky’s sister Amy, with the pair ending their friendship.
At the time, Ricky was seen checking up on her, but it appeared nothing more than a concerned mate and brother.
But then, suddenly, it seemed that she had at least found some peace there, and was even seen giggling on the phone while texting.
While that could be an extremely active WhatsApp group of secret mates, a secret boyfriend – Ricky Jr. – seems like a far more likely sender.
Ricky’s mum Sam will be none-too-pleased with the newsCredit: BBC
Jean’s eerie prediction
Jean Slater is often dismissed on the series, but it turns out she predicted what would happen to Lily years ago.
In a clip that aired shortly after Lily was born, Jean was cooing over her new granddaughter in the Queen Vic alongside characters including Peggy Mitchell (the late Barbara Windsor).
“You never know, your grandson and our Lily might become sweethearts one day!” Jean beamed to the landlady. “Imagine that, another Slater/Mitchell wedding!”
And who was Peggy’s newborn grandson to her daughter Sam? Ricky Jr.
Ricky would consistently disappear with mates
Ricky’s secret mates
While Lily was struggling to be social, it seemed Ricky had so many mates he barely had a moment to spare.
None of them were seen on screen though, which is a little suspicious.
Especially around November, which would coincide with the time Lily got pregnant, he would often excuse himself to hang out with others off-screen.
Was it secretly Lily?