Living on or in the surrounding area of Albert Square is clearly a dangerous life decision. Over 100 EastEnders characters (including pets) have had their lives ended since Nick Cotton was set loose with a lead pipe on Reg Cox in 1985.
One of the latest markets from bwin asks the question of who will be the first character to die in the soap in 2015 and there is one specific character for whom the money is piling.
DC Emma Summerhayes, the police officer that has been among the cast for closing on a year and spent the majority of her time attempting to find the killer of Lucy Beale, has been backed all of the way in from 100/1 to the new 6/1 favourite.
There is plenty of logic in such a gamble, given that police officers in soaps are not typically allowed to get so involved in storylines.
The fact that her character has been allowed to build and develop means that viewers of the programme will be more emotionally involved if her life is ended.
Lucy’s killer is expected to be discovered in February and it is highly plausible that the culprit decides to strike again, once they discover that Emma has the evidence to prove their guilt.
In terms of the ‘Who Killed Lucy Beale’ market, it is former step-mum Jane who heads the betting at 4/1, closely followed by Abi Branning and Denise Fox at 5/1.
However, those happy to invest a little in the hope of a big return on a triple-digit dabble could do worse than consider Masood Ahmed at 100/1.
It can be argued that Masood had every reason to be angry, given how much his love interest Jane spent time away with the Beale family.
Furthermore, there is the possibility that Lucy made life difficult for him and Jane, which caused him to take drastic action.