VIEWERS had been devastated when it was introduced characters Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell could be killed off on EastEnders.
The sisters, performed by Samantha Womack and Rita Simons, had been died in an emotional episode on New Year’s Day 2017. But how did they die, why did present bosses kill them off and have they made any shock appearances? Here is all it is advisable to know…
Ronnie and Roxy had been killed off on New Year’s Day
Who had been Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders?
Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell arrived on Albert Square in 2007.
Introduced by present producer Diederick Santer, they had been the cousins of Phil and Grant Mitchell.
Much hype was made about their arrival and the pair quickly took over duties as momentary barmaids for the Queen Vic.
Ronnie then took over the Walford nightclub together with her boyfriend Jack Branning, who she finally went on to marry – earlier than dying on her wedding ceremony day.
During their time on the present, the pair had been concerned in explosive storylines.
These included child swapping, affairs, little one abuse, psychological sickness and drug use.
How and when did Ronnie and Roxy die on EastEnders?
The sisters met a watery finish on New Year’s Day 2017.
The emotional episode began with pleasure because it appeared Ronnie was lastly about to get her glad ending as she ready to tie the knot to Jack Branning – nevertheless it didn’t take lengthy earlier than the massive day took a flip for the more severe.
After a drunk Roxy determined to take a swim, she quickly discovered herself in hassle.
Ronnie jumped into the pool to save lots of her however the costume weighed her down and the pair met their premature deaths by drowning collectively.
Three months later, Eastenders boss Sean O’Connor revealed the explanation why the pair needed to die, as an alternative of simply leaving Walford.
He stated: “[Ronnie and Roxy] weren’t the kind of characters that would depart at the back of a taxi.
“We wished to offer them an operatic ending.”
The actresses determined to go away on the identical time
Why did Samantha Womack and Rita Simons go away EastEnders?
Both Samantha and Rita left EastEnders to pursue different initiatives, however they’ve differing views on whether or not their exit got here on the proper time.
Samantha stop first again in August, with Rita revealing she was leaving a couple of days later.
This was Samantha’s second exit from the present as she left in 2011, after her child swapping storyline noticed her endure verbal abuse on the street, earlier than returning in 2013.
Speaking about her departure, Rita instructed the Express: “It was mutual, for a begin, so you realize, I wished to go. A brand new boss got here in, he wished us to go, which we had been all proud of.
“I needed to get out of there, it was bizarre. I knew I needed to get out of there as a result of as an actor I wanted to unfold my wings.”
Samantha, nonetheless, thinks that she and Rita had been the victims of clashing storyline schemes by feckless EastEnders bosses – who did not like her preventing to guard Ronnie’s “authenticity”.
Meanwhile EastEnders boss Sean O’Connor, who has now been fired, stated the ladies had been written out as their “characters had been exhausted”.
Programme Name: EastEnders – TX: 11/09/2013 – Episode: n/a (No. 4709) – Embargoed for publication till: 03/09/2013 – Picture Shows: The Mitchell sisters have a coronary heart to coronary heart and Ronnie admits sheâs frightened. Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Steven Peskett
How did EastEnders followers react to their deaths?
EastEnders followers have mourned the lack of the Mitchell sisters.
After the episode had screened, viewers threatened to boycott the BBC cleaning soap when the sisters drowned.
Viewers had been additionally angered that solely Ronnie was getting talked about following the sisters deaths, and never Roxy.
One viewer tweeted: “Roxy should have had about three mentions since she died 3 weeks in the past.
While one other added: “Notice the way it was all about Ronnie and Jack. Like has #eastenders fully forgot that additionally they killed off Roxy?”
Even Rita, who performed Roxy, admitted she doesn’t watch the cleaning soap any extra for that very purpose.
Taking to her Twitter web page, she wrote: “Don’t watch Enders anymore so forgive me if I’m misinformed.
“But from what I hear.. is ANYONE mourning Roxy on the sq.? Poor cow.”
Two girls chatting within the foreground of this EastEnders scene gave followers a spooky reminder of Ronnie and Roxy
What was the conspiracy principle about Ronnie and Roxy?
A loopy new EastEnders fan principle swept the Internet in September 2017 – that Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell had been nonetheless alive.
The conspiracy principle claims the ladies faked their deaths to go and dwell it up in Ibiza.
After a fan tweeted the sisters might come again from the useless similar to Kathy Beale, a Twitter account in Ronnie’s identify replied: “That’s true. Kathy faked her loss of life. So did we! Me and Roxy dwell in Ibiza and dwell with @AuntBabe_Vic”.
There was additional hypothesis when the sisters appeared to make a chilling go to to Albert Square.
Viewers had been rubbing their eyes in disbelief when the deceased blonde sisters appeared in Walford’s cafe having a chat.
Fans rushed to Twitter to publish a snapshot of the weird second – and even obtained affirmation from Ronnie herself that she had appeared.
Both carrying black, the sisters had been seen within the foreground as “extras” throughout a chat between evil tormentor Max Branning and Kathy Beale.
However, the Twitter account attributed to Ronnie Mitchell – which confirmed they’d come “again for a go to” – was only a joke account.