Last night’s episode of EastEnders was one of the most tense and ultimately tragic instalments of the long-running BBC serial drama in its history, with sisters Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell dying together in the hour-long episode’s closing moments.
But of course, the nation knew it was coming as the huge storyline has been teased for weeks if not months in the run-up to Christmas…
However, when it was first suggested that both Ronnie and Roxy were being written out of the show, it was further mooted that Sam Womack, who of course plays Ronnie, “jumped at the chance” to close the door on her tragic character.
And if that had been the case, then nobody could have blamed her. After all, Ronnie has been through just about every miserable thing a person could endure, including sexual abuse, the deaths of two children, countless other bereavements, mental breakdowns, romantic turbulence, life and death battles, and just about any and everything else…
In short, in a dictionary somewhere, if you look up the word ‘Misery’ you’ll probably find, ‘See also Ronnie Mitchell’.
However, if I recall correctly, no media outlets actually quoted Sam with regard to the looming end of her time on EastEnders, and instead, they offered up quotes from the ubiquitous anonymous sources who always have a lot to say on behalf of others. And ditto for Roxy actress Rita when it came to the topic of whether the actresses were pushed from the deck of the good ship EastEnders or if they jumped.
Either way though, it’s a fitting end that Ronnie and Roxy drowned. And together at that.
But of course, for Sam and Rita, the issue of whether they were pushed or if they jumped willingly is an important one. Pushed means the upsetting and begrudged end of a job, while jumped means a mutually agreed and happy end to a chapter and a no-grudges start of a new one.
And if one reads between their lines of their tweeted responses to last night’s Ronnie and Roxy death scenes, one might assume that Sam and Rita did not go gentle, or willing, into that Walford good night…
— Sam Womack (@Sam_Womack) January 1, 2017
Thank you all for your lovely tweets. I don't really have words right now. But words will come.. in good time #R&R
— Rita Simons (@OfficialRita) January 1, 2017
Certainly many EastEnders fans weren’t happy to see the end of Ronnie and Roxy…
— Kellie Adamiok (@kellie_adamiok) January 2, 2017
So Ronnie & Roxy got drunk and then drowned in a pool. What a poor ending for truly one of the greatest double acts ever been in #eastenders
— Parveen Agnihotri (@Parveen_Comms) January 1, 2017
Are you sad to see Ronnie and Roxy go?