EastEnders missed clues that Rose Knight was really Cindy Beale

EastEnders fans were treated to a blast from the past this week, when the mystery identity of George Knight’s elusive wife Rose Knight was revealed to be none other than Cindy Beale in a shocking plot twist that left viewers with more questions than answers.

Yet while the news of Cindy’s return proved to be a shock for many, especially considering Cindy was widely believed to have died in child birth 25 years ago, several subtle clues had already alerted some eagle eyed fans to the return of the Walford favourite.

Bosses confirmed that the soap had been working on this storyline since last Summer, as they expertly dotted a breadcrumb trail of clues throughout the months preceding this week’s shocking reveal.

So what exactly were the clues you may have missed?

A dead rose

When the Knight family first made their arrival into Walford last month, viewers at home saw one of the daughters hand a rose to Linda as an arrival gift, but the rose tragically died just seconds later in an ominous nod to what was to come. However in another trailer to showcase their arrival, the rose was seen coming back to life, something which fans now know was a nod towards Cindy’s apparent “resurrection”.

Fans at home are adamant this was one of the first real clues that Rose Knight was “returning from the dead”, which strongly suggested a former character would soon be returning to Albert Square.

The first real hint that it would be Cindy however, came when similar roses were also seen in the Beale household, something which hinted at a connection between the the mysterious Rose Knight and the family.

Name clue

Prior to her “death” Cindy was well known to have several children, including son Steven, twins Peter and Lucy, and later also a daughter who was also named Cindy. Yet after it was confirmed that Cindy is indeed Rose Knight, this means she now has another two children to call her own, Gina and Anna.

Several viewers believe that Gina was named after Cindy’s own sister Gina Williams, who famously raised her daughter Cindy following her “death” in prison.

Rose’s disappearance

Before Rose Knight was revealed to be Cindy on Wednesday (June 21st), very little was known about the character’s mysterious past, other than she had walked out on husband George Knight following an intense argument around 9 years prior to the present day.

At first, a “disappearing wife” lead many fans to wrongly presume George had killed her, but as it later emerged, this was clearly not the case. Rose’s disappearance would however coincide with the death of Cindy's daughter Lucy, who was murdered around the same sort of time.

Could this be the real reason she walked away from her new life?

Private Investigator twist

When Cindy fled to Italy in 1997 after kidnapping her children to avoid a custody fight, her then husband Ian Beale travelled to the country with Phil and Grant Mitchell to help track her down.

During their time in Italy, Ian hired a private investigator to seek out the whereabouts of his wife and children, with the investigator having the name Ros Thorne.

Fast forward to the present day, and publicity materials ahead of the big reveal carried the tag line “Every Rose has a thorn” – something long running fans immediately remembered due to its similarity to the former investigator, meaning they strongly suspected Rose to have something to do with Cindy.

An Albert Square connection

When the Knights first arrived in the Square, they famously said they felt as if they’d been there before, but as far as we know, neither George nor his daughters had set foot in the square, although George was later revealed to have been a popular London boxer during his day.

Could the comment have been foreshadowing the family’s Walford link?

EastEnders continues Monday to Thursday at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

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