It looked as though Hayley (played by Katie Jarvis) was dead set on turning Martin Fowler (James Bye) against Stacey Fowler (Lacey Turner), however it turned out she was in cahoots with the mother-of-three and was in fact her cousin.
While she hasn’t been seen in recent episodes, Hayley will be returning soon as the Slater family set up for a huge comeback.
Ahead of some explosive comebacks, the actress who plays Hayley, Katie Jarvis, has divulged some big secrets about her character.
“Deep down, she’s not all evil. She’s just a typical Slater – hard on the surface, but once you get to know her, you’ll see most of her intentions are good,” the 26-year-old revealed in an interview with Radio Times.
“But, I have to say, I do love coming to work and getting to be a little bit naughty.”
It looks as though Hayley will set out to cause more mischief on the Square with her bad behaviour, however, she could have a heart of gold underneath her tough exterior.
Katie also went on to say she initially had a frosty reception from fans of the programme, before it was revealed who her character really was.
“My Twitter went absolutely mad. At first it was all, ‘Homewrecker!’ and ‘Leave Martin alone!’ But as soon as they discovered I’m a Slater, it all changed. I’ve had a lot of support,” she dished.
Hayley has been added to the fold as the iconic family return to their old stomping ground.
Big Mo (Laila Morse) and Kat (Jessie Wallace) will return to the soap shortly, bringing the Slater clan back with full force.
A trailer has been released ahead of the characters’ comebacks which shows Kat’s funeral, but there’s a shocking twist.
Mo will return with the news that Kat has died, however, it looks as though the residents of Albert Square will get a big surprise when the leopard-clad diva turns up to her own wake.
The arrival of Kat and Mo timed with Hayley’s appearance could prove to be linked in a more detailed way, but whatever happens, the family are sure to raise some hell.
EastEnders boss John Yorke announced the Slaters’ return last year, where he revealed: “The Slaters are one of the all-time great East Enders families and Albert Square has never felt quite the same since they left.”
EastEnders continues tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One.
Read the full interview with Katie Jarvis in this week’s issue of Radio Times, out now.