EASTENDERS’ Don Gilet has revealed that his character Lucas Johnson is set to exit after being sent back to prison for drug dealing.
The preacher turned murderer – who is played by Don Gilet in the BBC soap – got himself arrested this week to save Chelsea from drug dealer Caleb’s clutches.
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And now, the soap star has revealed that his character’s huge sacrifice means that the killer’s time on the Square has come to an end.
Speaking about his Lucas’ exit, actor Don revealed: “It would have been nice to explore Lucas’ life in the Square but too much has happened and too many people have been hurt around him so him saving Chelsea was the best thing for him to do. Sacrificing his freedom for his daughter finally showed Chelsea that Lucas has changed in a somewhat bittersweet way.”
In tonight’s episode, Chelsea visited Lucas to confront him for her actions and dropped the bombshell that she was planning on moving away.
Lucas insisted her place was in Walford with her family, before telling her she isn’t on his visitors list and won’t be bothered by him again.
Chelsea then admitted she loved her dad in emotional scenes.
Speaking about how Lucas’ huge sacrifice will affect his family, Don added: “He’s made this decision for her own good and now wants her to live her life to the fullest – no more trouble! It is Chelsea though, so I’m sure she’ll find a way but he really wants her to be happy.”
He added: “He knows he can’t have the life he truly wants so ensuring his family are safe is the next best thing.”
Viewers know that Lucas received a brutal beating in prison from Caleb’s minions after turning them into the police.
Asked whether he thinks Lucas will cope in prison, Don added: “Lucas will persevere I’m sure. Using the time again to repent and hopefully will use the time to better himself further because it was his choice.
"He’s been able to understand how wrong he was in the past so this time round, even with Caleb and his dodgy mates in there, Lucas will do his time.”
Speaking about whether the door will be left open for Lucas’ return, Don said: “Never say never, who knows what’ll happen in the future!”
He added: “It’s been a blast, and with regards to working with Diane and Zaraah, I felt we had a dream team and I’d agree to work with them again – on any project – in a heartbeat!”
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