Dennis Rickman’s time on Albert Square came to a tragic end well over a decade ago, when he was stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve in 2005. 

And he is set to be the focus of upcoming episodes on EastEnders, as Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) and Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) were recently photographed visiting his grave in emotional new scenes.

They were seen hugging one another as they made their way through a cemetery to pay their respects to Dennis, breaking down in tears before leaving a bunch of flowers on his headstone.

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Emotional scenes: Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) and Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) were recently photographed visiting Dennis Rickman's grave in emotional new scenes for EastEnders

Emotional scenes: Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) and Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) were recently photographed visiting Dennis Rickman’s grave in emotional new scenes for EastEnders

The shots come just days after actor Nigel Harman, 45 — who played Dennis on the long-running BBC show — revealed that he could well return to the popular soap.

During an appearance on ITV’s Loose Women late last week, he said of the possibility of returning: ‘We would have to come up with a story line, but I loved it. It would be difficult to find a storyline that was believable. Maybe a twin?’ 

On the show, Dennis was ordered killed by his nemesis Johnny Allen (Billy Murray) — who also happens to be Ruby’s father — in a revenge attack.

Tragic end: Dennis Rickman's time on Albert Square came to a tragic end well over a decade ago, when he was stabbed to death on New Year's Eve in 2005

Tragic end: Dennis Rickman's time on Albert Square came to a tragic end well over a decade ago, when he was stabbed to death on New Year's Eve in 2005

Tragic end: Dennis Rickman’s time on Albert Square came to a tragic end well over a decade ago, when he was stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve in 2005

Revenge attack: On the show, Dennis was ordered killed by his nemesis Johnny Allen (Billy Murray) ¿ who also happens to be Ruby's father ¿ in a revenge attack

Revenge attack: On the show, Dennis was ordered killed by his nemesis Johnny Allen (Billy Murray) ¿ who also happens to be Ruby's father ¿ in a revenge attack

Revenge attack: On the show, Dennis was ordered killed by his nemesis Johnny Allen (Billy Murray) — who also happens to be Ruby’s father — in a revenge attack

Shedding tears: They were seen hugging one another as they made their way through a cemetery to pay their respects to Dennis, breaking down in tears

Shedding tears: They were seen hugging one another as they made their way through a cemetery to pay their respects to Dennis, breaking down in tears

Shedding tears: They were seen hugging one another as they made their way through a cemetery to pay their respects to Dennis, breaking down in tears

His death came ahead of the birth of his son Dennis Jr. (Harry Hickles), from his romance with adopted sister Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean).

Sharon went on to tie the knot with Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), who set up Dennis against Johnny, leading to his untimely death.  

Pictures of the new EastEnders scenes come days after it was revealed that original characters Mary ‘The Punk’ Smith and George ‘Lofty’ Holloway would be back on Albert Square after 30 years’ absence as part of a new storyline.

Actors Linda Davidson, 54, and Tom Watt, 62, will be returning when fellow original castmember Dr. Harold Legg (Leonard Fenton) is killed off.

Layered outfits: They staved off the chilly temperatures in layered ensembles for their outing

Layered outfits: They staved off the chilly temperatures in layered ensembles for their outing

Layered outfits: They staved off the chilly temperatures in layered ensembles for their outing

Lean: During a break in filming, Lacey was seen leaning on one of the gravestones on the set

Lean: During a break in filming, Lacey was seen leaning on one of the gravestones on the set

Lean: During a break in filming, Lacey was seen leaning on one of the gravestones on the set

Coming to a screen near you: An air date for the emotional scenes has yet to be revealed

Coming to a screen near you: An air date for the emotional scenes has yet to be revealed

Coming to a screen near you: An air date for the emotional scenes has yet to be revealed

Casual: Lacey wore a casual ensemble, including a black fluffy coat, skinny jeans and boots

Casual: Lacey wore a casual ensemble, including a black fluffy coat, skinny jeans and boots

Casual: Lacey wore a casual ensemble, including a black fluffy coat, skinny jeans and boots

In new stills recently released by the BBC, the memorable duo — who left the soap for good in 1988 — are seen catching up with old friends in the Queen Vic.

The characters are deep in conversation with Dot Cotton Sharon Watts at the wake, paying their respects after Harold’s death.

A soap source previously told The Sun: ‘Lofty and Mary The Punk are two of the most memorable characters of the original set of stars.

‘It’s staggering to think it’s been more than 30 years since they were last on the Square but soap fans will be delighted to hear of their comeback.

Return? The shots come just days after actor Nigel Harman, 45 ¿ who played Dennis on the long-running BBC show ¿ revealed that he could well return to the popular soap

Return? The shots come just days after actor Nigel Harman, 45 ¿ who played Dennis on the long-running BBC show ¿ revealed that he could well return to the popular soap

Return? The shots come just days after actor Nigel Harman, 45 — who played Dennis on the long-running BBC show — revealed that he could well return to the popular soap

‘Regular viewers will know Dr. Legg’s health is bad and it’s thought his death will play out in February next year, and these two will be back around the time of his funeral.’ 

Viewers will undoubtedly remember Mary, the drug-taking, fast-living punk rocker with a distinctive sense of style. 

The young mother’s wild lifestyle put her baby at risk and she even turned to prostitution to support herself. 

Following her role as Mary, who last appeared on the Square in May 1988, Linda quit acting to work in web design and now owns a social media agency. 

Making a comeback: EastEnders is set to welcome Mary 'The Punk' Smith and George 'Lofty' Holloway back to Albert Square after 30 years' absence as part of a new storyline

Making a comeback: EastEnders is set to welcome Mary 'The Punk' Smith and George 'Lofty' Holloway back to Albert Square after 30 years' absence as part of a new storyline

Making a comeback: EastEnders is set to welcome Mary ‘The Punk’ Smith and George ‘Lofty’ Holloway back to Albert Square after 30 years’ absence as part of a new storyline

Original cast members: Actors Linda Davidson, 54, and Tom Watt, 62, will be returning when fellow original cast member Dr. Harold Legg is killed off

Original cast members: Actors Linda Davidson, 54, and Tom Watt, 62, will be returning when fellow original cast member Dr. Harold Legg is killed off

Original cast members: Actors Linda Davidson, 54, and Tom Watt, 62, will be returning when fellow original cast member Dr. Harold Legg is killed off

She said: ‘EastEnders was my first proper family. It gave me stability and a fantastic foundation from which to build an incredible life.

‘The people of EastEnders have been a consistent thread throughout the intervening years. I am so thrilled, and very proud to be returning to that family 35 years later. It’s going to be a blast!’ 

Meanwhile, Lofty was the original barman at the Queen Vic and madly in love with Michelle Fowler.

He offered to bring up Michelle’s illegitimate child as his own when she fell pregnant with Dirty Den’s baby in 1985. 

Welcomed back into the fold: In new stills released by the BBC, the memorable duo - who left the soap for good in 1988 - are seen catching up with old friends in the Queen Vic

Welcomed back into the fold: In new stills released by the BBC, the memorable duo - who left the soap for good in 1988 - are seen catching up with old friends in the Queen Vic

Welcomed back into the fold: In new stills released by the BBC, the memorable duo – who left the soap for good in 1988 – are seen catching up with old friends in the Queen Vic

Controversial: Viewers will undoubtedly remember Mary (centre(, the drug-taking, fast-living punk rocker whose wild ways put her baby at risk

Controversial: Viewers will undoubtedly remember Mary (centre(, the drug-taking, fast-living punk rocker whose wild ways put her baby at risk

Controversial: Viewers will undoubtedly remember Mary (centre(, the drug-taking, fast-living punk rocker whose wild ways put her baby at risk

He was dumped at the alter but eventually made it down the aisle with Michelle, only to leave the soap in April 1988 when their relationship ended. 

Actor Tom – who has since moved into journalism and has ghostwritten David Beckham’s autobiography – said he was ‘delighted’ to be asked to return.

He commented: ‘I was delighted they asked me if I would return to EastEnders for Dr Legg’s funeral. Dr Legg is an iconic character so it feels fitting that Lofty should return to say goodbye. 

‘I have nothing but good memories from my time on EastEnders so it will be lovely to set foot back in Albert Square all these years later.’

Unlucky-in-love: Meanwhile, Lofty (left) was the original barman at the Queen Vic and madly in love with Michelle Fowler

Unlucky-in-love: Meanwhile, Lofty (left) was the original barman at the Queen Vic and madly in love with Michelle Fowler

Unlucky-in-love: Meanwhile, Lofty (left) was the original barman at the Queen Vic and madly in love with Michelle Fowler

 Thrilled: Actor Tom - who has since moved into journalism and has ghostwritten David Beckham's autobiography - said he was 'delighted' to be asked to return

 Thrilled: Actor Tom - who has since moved into journalism and has ghostwritten David Beckham's autobiography - said he was 'delighted' to be asked to return

 Thrilled: Actor Tom – who has since moved into journalism and has ghostwritten David Beckham’s autobiography – said he was ‘delighted’ to be asked to return



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