EASTENDERS fans were no doubt left stunned when it appeared Keanu Taylor had been killed in the Christmas Day instalment. However, it seems the bad boy mechanic may not be dead after all and may have actually had a very lucky escape. Now, Karen Taylor star Lorraine Stanley has teased it could be her character fighting for her life as she protects her son.
Karen Taylor would do anything to protect her son, especially if it meant stopping him from being killed by the Mitchells. As far as fans are aware, Karen thinks Keanu (played by Danny Walters) has run off after telling Louise Mitchell (Tilly Keeper) he’s the father of Sharon’s (Letitia Dean) unborn baby. But it looks like there’s more to the story and Karen could play a pivotal role.
EastEnders fans haven’t actually seen Keanu’s dead body but the Mitchells are certain he was killed by Martin Fowler (James Bye).
However, the trailer for an explosive New Year’s Day episode has teased Keanu isn’t dead after all and Martin actually shot someone else.
After Keanu disappeared, Karen was seen presiding over her daughter Chantelle Atkins’ (Jessica Plummer) vow renewal with Gray Atkins (Toby Alexander Smith) and didn’t appear too worried about her son.
Could it be Karen has helped him escape and is doing the best she can to protect him?
Actress Lorraine has warned fans things could turn deadly for Karen as she does everything she can for her son.
“When she doesn’t hear from Keanu, her worry takes over,” she explained.
“She wants answers and is convinced Phil has done something, she’s gunning for him.
“She wants answers and she’s prepared to die for it.”
Could Karen be shot as she helps Keanu leave the country to start his life again?
“I don’t think there’s anything she wouldn’t do to protect any of her children,” Lorraine continued to Digital Spy.
“Karen’s family is her world and if they need protecting, the lines in Karen comes out.
“She’s not afraid of anyone or anything.”
Lorraine added Karen is desperate to know her son is alive.
“She knows Keanu’s still in danger, so she’s fearing for her son’s life,” she concluded.
“She’s petrified that Phil is going to get to him.”
But it’s not just Keanu she should be worrying about as daughter Chantelle’s abuse at the hands of Gray will worsen in coming weeks.
Over the past year viewers have seen Gray become violent with his wife and in Friday’s episode, he told her they would try for another baby.
Chantelle pleaded with him to let her real after their vow renewal but Gray wasn’t taking any excuses.
He grabbed her by the wrist and dragged her upstairs hinting he was about to rape her.
Will Karen manage to save Keanu and her daughter?