‘EastEnders’ fans were left in shock after Thursday night’s (12 October) episode, when Dot Branning appeared to turn her back on Walford after 30 years.
Viewers were left in disbelief when Dot announced she was taking some time away from Albert Square to visit family by the seaside in Wales, telling her grandson Robbie Jackson of her plans, out of the blue.
When an emotional Robbie asked, “how long are you thinking, grandma?”, she ignored the question, instead handing over her cat, Dave, for him to take care of.
After a rough few years for Dot, distraught ‘EastEnders’ viewers were wondering whether this was it for June Brown’s long-standing character, voicing their concerns on social media:
Was just thinking how Dot has been the highlight of #eastenders these past few…and now she’s off for a bit
— David Phillips (@MrDCPhillips) October 12, 2017
Aww don’t go Dot #EastEnders
— Lisa Cotton (@lisylou) October 12, 2017
Dot better come back. @bbceastenders #EastEnders
— Pádraig McCann (@Padraig_McCann) October 12, 2017
Dot’s moving to Mumbles, what a lovely way to live out her days in Verdis or with a Joe’s ice cream #eastenders
— Emily (@emilyrosepople) October 12, 2017
Goodbye Dot?! #EastEnders
— Daniel_Bevis (@Daniel_Bevis) October 12, 2017
Dot is leaving too? #EastEnders
— Ronnie Mitchell (@RonMitchellEE) October 12, 2017
Every time Dot leaves for a while I’m terrified we’ll all never get a chance to see her again. June Brown is an icon #Eastenders
— Matt (@Heathyheath_) October 12, 2017
#eastenders is so weird tonight. Dot spends ages fighting to keep Dave then disappears.
— Roz Laws (@rozlaws) October 12, 2017
However, others couldn’t help noticing that she was taking time away from the area just as Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer, was also leaving, prompting some to speculate whether they’d be heading off on a road trip together:
I might be able to tolerate 1 spin off ep of Dot and Mick discussing life from deckchairs in The Mumbles #Eastenders
— Jo Robinson (@JoRobinson2012) October 12, 2017
In tonight’s #Eastenders both Mick and Dot suddenly left the Square on flimsy reasons and for uncertain durations. You don’t think …
— Andrea Mullaney (@Pandrea100) October 12, 2017
I’m pretty sure Sandy …