Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) is set to leave EastEnders in the coming months, and her exit storyline may have just been confirmed.
Following the news that Zack Hudson’s (James Farrar) viral load was now undetectable, he was keen to try again for a baby – something which Whitney couldn’t put herself through.
She explained that, following her previous miscarriage and their tragic loss of daughter Peach, pregnancy was something she couldn’t put her body through again.
However, she was willing to try other options, a suggestion which Zack shut down immediately.
This left them in a difficult position, wondering whether they would be able to move forward from here, and what it would mean for their relationship.
With both parties clearly upset, their loved ones offered advice, and soon Zack had agreed to Whitney’s suggestion that they look into fostering.
In upcoming scenes, Whitney will talk to the fostering service, who make it clear that in order to apply, she and Zack will need their own place.
At the moment, Whitney and Zack are house sharing with Chelsea Fox (Zaraah Abrahams) and Felix Baker (Matthew Morrison), something which will have to change if they’re serious about putting their fostering plans into action.
When Whitney informs Chelsea of the new development, she is disappointed to learn that they will be moving out.
However, she is soon given another option when boyfriend Ravi Gulati (Aaron Thiara) asks her to move in, paving the way for some tense scenes between the couple and worried Denise Fox (Diane Parish).
With Whitney set to permanently exit EastEnders after the announcement that Shona McGarty is leaving her role, could she be set to move away from Albert Square?
And does this mean Zack will be going with her?
Speaking about her exit from the show, Shona previously told Inside Soap: ‘It wasn’t an easy decision because I’ve made so many friends. I’ve seen people come and go, and meanwhile, Whitney has been one of the longest-standing characters.
‘I’ve had so much fun and done so many storylines, some of which have been sensitive, and I’ve been honoured to be trusted with such heavy stuff year after year.
‘So I’m going to be sad to say goodbye to my friends and family, but it was the right decision for me as I want to do other things. After 15 years, I’ve had a pretty good run!’
Could Whitney’s fostering journey be the start of her future away from Walford?
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