EastEnders airs a character exit in box set episodes

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Photo credit: Getty - BBC
Photo credit: Getty - BBC

EastEnders spoilers follow from the soap's BBC iPlayer box set, which is available to watch now. Some readers may prefer to avoid these storyline details, as the episodes haven't yet aired on BBC One.

EastEnders' Rainie Highway will leave Walford following the breakdown of her marriage to Stuart this week.

The BBC soap is screening its episodes early on iPlayer for the duration of Wimbledon 2022 and has released its first box set today (June 27).

All of this week's episodes, from Monday, June 27 to Thursday, July 1 are now available to watch online ahead of transmission on BBC Two.

Photo credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron
Photo credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

As we've already revealed, Rainie and Stuart's story will be taking centre stage this week, as they struggle to move forward following his decision to hand baby Roland back to Bernie.

Viewers know that Stuart (Ricky Champ) is suffering with postnatal depression and has struggled to bond with his son Roland.

Monday's episode (June 27) will see Bernie tell Rainie that she can have Roland back, on the condition that she leaves Stuart.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

After overhearing Rainie discuss this with Mitch, Stuart realises what he must do and later tells heartbroken Rainie that he’s ending things between them as she deserves Roland.

The aftermath of this will spill over into Tuesday's episode (June 28), when Stuart will pack his things and leave.

This infuriates Karen, who gives Stuart a piece of her mind for abandoning Roland, until she realises that there could actually be more to it.

Photo credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron
Photo credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

As Rainie tells Jack that she's planning to leave the Square, Karen finds Stuart and questions if he could have postnatal depression.

Wednesday's scenes (June 29) will then see Rainie and Karen desperately try to get through to Stuart – who has spent the night on a bench.

Karen even tells Stuart that Rainie is planning to leave Walford, hoping that this will spur him on to take action.

Photo credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron
Photo credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

With Rainie already making her final plans to leave, it's clear Stuart doesn't have much time if he wants to salvage their relationship.

As Raine says her goodbyes to everyone, including an emotional Bernie, she's forced to accept that Stuart isn't going to turn up to stop her.

Despite Callum's pleas, Rainie departs Walford in a cab, as a distraught Stuart watches on from the distance. But is this the last we've seen of her, or will she be back?

Photo credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron
Photo credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

It was recently confirmed that Ricky Champ, who plays Stuart, will be leaving the show – along with Dayle Hudson (Peter Beale), Barbara Smith (Dana Monroe) and Kelsey Calladine-Smith (Jada Lennox).

Recent reports have also suggested that Danielle Harold is also leaving her role as Lola Pearce after three years back in the part.

EastEnders airs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC2 this week. All four episodes are available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Read more EastEnders spoilers on our dedicated homepage.

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