Following his murder, the one question that will be on everyone's lips until February 19 will be 'Who Killed Archie?'
Until then, here's a non-exhaustive list of the suspects for Archie's (Larry Lamb) murder along with some fictional odds. Cast you vote as to who you think kills Archie using the voting form at the bottom of this page.
Motive: Revenge. She hates Archie's guts. She blames him for their mother's departure, forcing her to give up her baby when she was 14, Danielle's death… The list is endless…
Motive: Revenge. Janine discovers that Archie's been double-crossing her and that he's been using her all along to get his hands on The Vic. She may, however, just kill him so she can have The Vic all to herself.
Motive: Revenge. Archie turned her life upside down when his manipulative, controlling behaviour was exposed back in April on their wedding day. Archie also takes control of The Vic and throws them out on Christmas Eve - Peggy wants her pub back.
Motive: Phil didn't kill Archie before when his mother asked him to. Instead, he allowed Archie to leave Walford a lonely man. Phil may want to prove to his mother that he's as much of a son to her as Grant.
Motive: Peggy's been backwards and forwards to Spain since the Mitchells' finances took a turn for the worse. Grant will have heard all the horror stories from Peggy and unable to see Archie tear his family apart any more, returns from Spain to do Phil's dirty work.
Motive: Revenge. Jack's never seen eye-to-eye with Archie. He previously asked Jack to help orchestrate Sam's disappearance from the Square and when Jack refused to help, Archie exposed his affair with Sam. Jack's also never liked the way that Archie's treated Ronnie.
Motive: Jealousy. As Janine's love interest, Ryan's never been happy with Janine's involvement with Archie. Although he's subtly helped Archie along the way, Ryan could have been lulling him into a false sense of security.
Motive: Revenge. Archie blackmailed Ian into selling him the Mitchells' debts so he could take control of The Vic. Ian was furious because his half-brother Ben had his roof taken from over him. Ian was also made to look the bad man to the Mitchells when he was only helping them out in the first place. There's also footage of Ian in bed with Janine floating around.
Motive: Roxy's always been a daddy's girl but after Archie's treatment of the rest of the Mitchells (throwing them out of The Vic on Christmas Eve), Roxy may want revenge. She may also want revenge for the way he's treated Ronnie and Peggy.
Motive: He has form. Archie could find out about Lucas's handy work with Trina and Owen. Lucas may lose control again and kill for a third time.
Motive: Stacey's bipolar could spiral out of control again, causing her to unleash her fury on Archie. After all, just before she was sectioned, she accused Archie of trying to kill her with Ryan's help.
Motive: Fed up with Archie's controlling nature, Glenda fled to Australia leaving her daughters Ronnie and Roxy behind. On hearing that he's remarried, Glenda may have returned to ensure Peggy doesn't suffer the same life she did. Or exact her own revenge after all these years. She may not be around for Christmas Day - well, not that we know of…
Motive: Revenge. Sam could order Archie's murder form afar after Peggy calls to inform her what Archie's done to the family. Realising that Archie orchestrated her departure from Walford for self-gain, Sam could order a hit man to bump him off.
Motive: Pat's never liked Archie. As Peggy's best friend, Pat's been watching Archie and how he's been treating his wife. Pat may snap and exact her revenge on her friend's behalf.
Motive: None. Darren was Heather's Baby Daddy, though. Anything's possible in soapland.
Motive: Archie kept her existence a secret from her mother Ronnie, before she tragically died in Ronnie's arms.
Don't forget to check back next week for the results - and then on Christmas day for a fresh 'Who Killed Archie?' poll...
Let me know your views on the above suspects using the usual form below! Alternatively, suggest your suspects and motives, too!