On the explosive New Year’s Day episode of EastEnders, Mel Owen was seen being brutally strangled by fiance Ray Kelly after he discovered her scheme to expose him as a bigamist.
On the morning of their wedding day Mel’s plan was exposed, leading to Ray to believe he had killed her by choking her with her wedding veil.
Much to his surprise, however, Mel showed up at the church just as Ray was trying to pretend to the residents of Albert Square that he’d been stood up, in an attempt to cover up her “death”.
The scenes came just a week after Alfie Moon was similarly “killed off” on Christmas, only for Shane Richie’s character to be revealed as still alive the very next day.
Rushing to social media after the scenes of Mel’s resurrection aired, fans couldn’t help but compare the two storylines.
Taking to Twitter, one posted: “Ugh, isn’t this exactly what happened last week on #eastenders? First Alfie and now Mel.”
While another joked: “People have a thing about hiding bodies behind doors this festive season in Walford! Except most of the time those bodies are well and truly alive! #EastEnders.”
“She isn’t dead. She’s just signed another contract! What’s with all this pretend death storylines at the moment??? #EastEnders,” added a third.
As a fourth questioned: “Seriously are #Eastenders really doing the same storyline with Mel and Ray now?”
The episode ended with Mel marrying Ray so she could get hold of his money, but things didn’t go to plan when the police arrived at the church just after they tied the knot.
Ray’s previous wives had gone to the police to report the serial cheat, with the slippery character being arrested for bigamy as the dramatic instalment came to a close.
EastEnders continues on BBC One.
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