Kat, Mo and Jean on their way back to Albert Square
EastEnders fans are overjoyed with the news that characters Kat Moon, Mo Harris and Jean Slater will be returning to Albert Square.
Actors Jessie Wallace, Laila Morse and Gillian Wright will reprise their Slater family roles in 2018, according to a BBC statement posted on Wednesday – Jessie said she was “thrilled” to be coming back.
It came as a surprise to fans of the soap, who last saw Kat fighting for her life in the Irish Sea.
The fact that she will not be returning with husband Alfie (Shane Richie), however, suggests that not everything has gone to plan since the pair left to start a new life together.
Referring to the obvious absence, one delighted fan commented over Twitter: “Oh my gosh! I’m so pleased that Jean and Mo are coming back with Kat! A Slater reunion! Still, there’s someone missing, and you know who I’m referring too. His return would complete this.”
Another added: “Yes! Yes! Yes! I’ve missed Jessie as Kat. Now to bring back Alfie @realshanerichie ;).”
“Hooray!!! I love her!” commented one, while another wrote: “Kat lives!”
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“Great news,” wrote another fan. “She (Wallace) is a great actor, and always thought Big Mo and Jean worked well in the show when Kat and Stacy were in it at the same time.”
The show’s executive consultant John Yorke promised: “It won’t just be familiar Slaters either as there are a couple of twists and characters to add fresh spice to an iconic creation.”