EASTENDERS fans were left in shock tonight as Keanu Taylor was dragged away and shot-with the help of his furious girlfriend Louise Mitchell.
However, many were convinced he is still alive after an explosive Christmas episode , believing he and Martin faked his death.
One viewer insisted: "The video that was shown to Ben was faked (Martin fired a shot to the side of Keanu and Keanu pretended to die by falling over) so it's a double bluff."
Another tweeted: "I don't think Keanu's dead. I think it's been faked. Martin's the real G."
Viewers tonight saw Louise leading Keanu to believe she would forgive him for cheating with Sharon Mitchell, gushing: "You're the father of my child, I'm not having anything happen to you."
However, just before they made a run for it, Martin hauled him away, supposedly to be killed.
But before he did, she told him icily: "Never, ever take a Mitchell for a fool."
His demise was heralded from the start, with Ben telling dad Phil Mitchell: "Keanu Taylor won't make it to the mince pies."
Nodding, the hulking hardman replied: "And then I'll deal with Sharon."
He later left his wife reeling when he stormed into the kitchen and roared: "You can stop laying the table, because no one's coming"-then telling her he knew what she'd been up to.
Meanwhile, across the Square, Louise asked Keanu: "Are you the father of Sharon's baby?" To which he replied: "Yes."
He pleaded for mercy, telling her: "I love you, Lou. You're the only one I want. I want to be your husband."
Seemingly full of forgiveness, she agreed to skip Walford, telling Keanu: "Let's do it-let's go."
They kissed, with her insisting: "You're the father of my child, I'm not having anything happen to you."
The deluded lad then told her: "I really don't deserve you."
But it turned out she had been playing him all along, when Martin Fowler appeared at the window on the orders of Ben Mitchell.
She said: "Never, ever take a Mitchell for a fool" before opening the door and walking away while Keanu was drugged and kidnapped.
Martin later reported back to Ben with a video appearing to show Keanu being shot-but how real it is? According to many fans-not at all.