Since the end of the Marbs special, viewers have been left pondering Arg and Gemma Collins's relationship, the pending wedding of Lucy and Mario and the endless list of hook-ups and break-ups from Joey Essex and Sam Faiers to Ricky Rayment and Jess Wright.
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Newcomers Billi Mucklow, Cara Kilbey, Bobby Cole-Norris and Tom Kilbey will continue to come to the fore of the constructed reality series.
Meanwhile, Nanny Pat remains on the show for its sixth series, providing some stability and continuity for the Sugar Hut partying youngsters.
The Only Way Is Essex returns on Sunday, July 22 on ITV2.
Watch Digital Spy's recent interview with Gemma Collins about her relationship with Arg below: