EastEnders fans fear that Mick Carter is dead after the soap began the New Year with a bang - literally - and a robbery gone wrong.

After plenty of Christmas cliffhanger drama, 2018 kicked off in Albert Square with the much-hyped heist as Mick (Danny Dyer) and co put Aidan Maguire's (Patrick Bergin) plan into action.

Is Mick dead?

However, as the gang attempted to rob the van a stand-off ensued and a shot was fired.

The New Year began with plenty of drama

Queen Vic landlord Mick appeared to fall backwards with wife Linda (Kellie Bright) screaming as she looked on.

No sooner had the scene aired as one of the show's time-honoured 'duff duffs' than fans began to debate Mick's fate - and try to clear up any confusion.

More will be revealed on RTÉ One and BBC One on Tuesday night in an hour-long special beginning at 7pm.

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