WEDNESDAY'S (June 28, 2023) trip to Albert Square ended with Finlay Baker setting off in his late father's sports car Emily.
The abrupt exit has made EastEnders fans wonder if actor Ashley Byam was gone for good. Here's what you need to know.
What happened to Finlay Baker in EastEnders?
Finlay Baker was getting ready to head to Brighton with Eve Unwin (portrayed by Heather Peace) when he made a shocking discovery.
At the time, the hunk had left his car, Emily, at Taylor's Autos before organising the road trip.
But when the vehicle needed further repairs due to the brakes being damaged and Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) suspected the car had been tampered with, Finlay started fearing somebody may be after him.
This seemed to be confirmed when Finlay found Vinny Panesar's (Shiv Jalota) necklace under the car.
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Finlay was spooked, particularly as he's had a rocky history with Vinny due to his fling with his two-timing girlfriend Dotty Cotton.
And the fear only grew when Ravi Gulati (Aaron Thiara) approached him, threatening him into keeping quiet.
But when he spoke to Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal) about the ordeal, Finlay put two and two together – he was never Vinny's original target.
He learned that Eve Unwin was the one Vinny had been hoping to hurt and even kill, due to Suki's recent affair with her.
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Finlay was shocked and planned to go to the police… until Ravi intervened again and trashed his market stand.
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Is Finlay Baker leaving EastEnders?
We can confirm that Finlay star Ashley Byam has left the BBC One soap on a permanent basis.
On Wednesday, June 28, 2023, Finlay sought Suki and demanded money from in exchange for his exit.
He threatened to tell everything to Eve if she didn't comply and Suki caved in.
Prior to this, Finlay had been blackmailed into leaving Walford with threats to his brother Felix being made.
Suki eventually handed him an envelope full of cash and Finlay warned her that if Ravi was ever to go anywhere near Felix, he would return to the Square.
Finlay kept schtum, telling his uncle Mitch (Roger Griffiths), his brother Felix and Karen Taylor (Lorraine Stanley) he'd be leaving for Dublin as he'd had an offer to buy his special sauce.
After one last drink with his nearest and dearest at The Queen Vic, Finlay bid farewell to the Square in his father's old car.
But could there be room for him to return?
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Finlay made his first appearance in the London-based program in June, 2022, alongside his brother Felix and their father Avery who passed away from cancer within weeks of his arrival.
EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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