EastEnders mystery as Louie Beale returns to Walford without Lauren after cryptic clue?

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Louie (played by Oscar Winehouse) was just a toddler when he left EastEnders with his mother Lauren (Jaqueline Jossa) three years ago. The youngster has been mentioned a couple of times since his father, Peter (Dayle Hudson), returned to the BBC soap last year. However, a scene from Thursday night’s episode of the weeknight serial drama could suggest the young schoolboy is going to make a return but why would his mother let him go back to Walford on his own?

Lauren and Peter tried to make the traditional family setup work when they moved to New Zealand in 2018 but unfortunately, their plan didn’t work out.

When Louie’s father returned to the Square in 2020, he was devastated to have broken up with his other half and for having to leave his son on the other side of the world.

The heartthrob thought his son would be okay overseas but since he has been back, his son has been involved in a fire incident and yet, he has still not seen him.

In a discussion with Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) in the café during Thursday’s night’s episode, the pair discussed fatherhood.

It was in regard to Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold), a woman Peter got pregnant with following his return to Walford last year.

Ben asked: “Peter, have you seen much of Lola recently?” to which the heartthrob replied he hadn’t but wanted to know why his uncle was asking.

“Well, it’s just you two were mates. Do you not care she’s running herself ragged around the hospital every day?” Ben asked.

“Isaac [Baptiste] won’t even let her see him,” he continued as Peter asked: “Why are you so bothered how she spends her time?”

“Listen, if she wants to chase after some fella who dumped her five minutes after they met, be my guest, that’s on her.

“But if it affects my Lexi [Mitchell], (there’s nothing to discuss). You’re a dad, you get it,” the young gangster said.

Totally. I get it

Peter Beale

“Yes, no, totally. I get it,” Peter replied after a moment’s pause, clearly thinking about his son but this might be a clue about little Louie’s return.

Of course, being five years old, Louie would not be travelling on his own to England from New Zealand so he could be escorted by a mysterious character.

This person could be Lauren’s new partner and Peter could be confused as to why a stranger has turned up in Walford with his son.

They could explain Lauren no longer feels she can look after the youngster and wants his father to care for him instead.

As soon as they arrive, the mysterious character could vanish again, leaving the father of one with a young boy to bring up.

With no letter or explanation as to why Lauren is not with Louie, Peter could sense not everything is what it seems.

He could call on Lauren’s uncle, Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) to get his colleagues in New Zealand to investigate where his former lover has disappeared to.

However, on inspecting the premises where Lauren reportedly lived, the authorities could find no evidence of anyone living there.

Back on the Square, her loved ones could discover she has gone missing and there is no trace as to where she has gone.

As Louie would be back on the Square, might he never see his mother again as he adjusts to a new life with his father?

Lauren’s disappearance could tie in with the mystery surrounding her father, Max Branning (Jake Wood), who left Walford earlier this year.

The patriarch of the Branning clan was reunited with his granddaughter, Abi Branning Junior, a few months ago but abducted her.

Rainie Highway (Tanya Franks) has been in despair ever since, as she has raised the youngster since birth.

It would be revealed Max and Lauren formed a pact to disappear with the baby but would’ve found it too difficult to vanish with two children.

Not wanting too many people looking for them, Lauren could have decided to send her son back to his father.

But will things become more difficult if Lauren returns to the Square after a few years to take back her son?

Taking to Twitter, viewers have been calling for the beloved character’s return, three years after her exit.

One fan posted: “Do you think Max has taken Abi to see Lauren and that’s where they are and Lauren’s going to be the one bringing her back? #Eastenders @bbceastenders.”

Another added: “Just want Lauren back already,” whilst a third remarked: “Suppose Lauren has found Ian Beale and he is staying with her and Louie in the UK?”

With no official announcement on any returns, could some comebacks be a surprise for viewers?

EastEnders continues Friday at 9:05pm on BBC One.

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