EastEnders fans are fearing the worst for teenage character Louise Mitchell after Thursday's Prom Night cliffhanger on the soap.

The storyline - one of the show's big plots of the summer - has been building for weeks as Louise, played by Tilly Keeper, and best friend Bex (Jasmine Armfield), planned their big night, while bullies Alexandra and Madison plotted to ruin it.

Louise and Bex get ready for their big night

Thursday's episode saw Louise and Bex stepping out with dates Travis (Alex James-Phelps) and Shakil (Shaheen Jafargholi), with Louise and Travis later crowned the prom's 'Most Beautiful Couple'.

The happy couples before their dream turns into a nightmare (L-R) - Louise, Bex, Shakil and Travis

Backstage, Travis had decorated the room with candles for Louise - but their happiness proved shortlived.

Louise and Travis were named 'Most Beautiful Couple'

When Alexandra (Sydney Craven) and Madison (Seraphina Beh) came into the room, Louise called them "pathetic". Madison's temper then boiled over and she pushed Louise backwards, with the teenager landing on a table filled with candles.

As the sprinkler system came on, the episode ended with the prom in chaos and Bex looking back at the stage, with fire reflected in her eyes. 

EastEnders continues on Friday on RTÉ One and BBC One at 8pm.

Catch up on last night's EastEnders on the RTÉ Player here 

Here's some of what fans have been saying about Thursday's cliffhanger:

Teaser photos from next week's episodes show a distraught Bex being comforted by her family in the aftermath of the prom. But there is no sign of Louise.

Bex is comforted after her night of horror

A trailer, which also debuted earlier this week, ended with Bex in tears in hospital.