The controversial story has attracted thousands of complaints to the BBC and Ofcom, and the situation has intensified today following confirmation that Samantha Womack has decided to quit the soap.
According to The Mirror, the serial's writing team are now discussing how to bring the storyline to a conclusion.
"It's back to the drawing board," a source told the paper. "Lots of ideas are being discussed and the final decision on how the plot climaxes is still being changed. Lots of people have been upset, so things are being tweaked to deal with it in a sensitive way."
Meanwhile, The Guardian is reporting that producers have decided to "cut short" the storyline, meaning that it is "likely to be brought to a conclusion in the spring".
In an official response to the complaints, the BBC today said that "viewers will see the situation resolve itself over the coming months".
Womack has also denied suggestions that her decision to leave EastEnders was influenced by the storyline.
> Ofcom responds to EastEnders complaints