EastEnders SPOILER ALERT: Is THIS the way Mel Owen leaves the soap? Tamzin Outhwaite films tense scenes as she is pursued in a car by an angry Letitia Dean

Tamzin Outhwaite has filmed her final EastEnders scenes as Mel Owen.

And behind-the-scenes images suggest it could be a high-octane, potentially fatal finish to the character.

Snaps from the location shoot see Tamzin as Mel behind the wheel of a car, in hot pursuit by Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon.

Climax: Tamzin Outhwaite has filmed her final EastEnders scenes as Mel Owen
Climax: Mel is in hot pursuit by Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon

Climax: Tamzin Outhwaite has filmed her final EastEnders scenes as Mel Owen, seen in a car, in hot pursuit by Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon

Mel has suffered a horrific ordeal in recent weeks, after her son, Hunter [played by Charlie Winter] was shot dead after a deadly armed siege at the Queen Vic.

It was announced several weeks ago that Tamzin will be leaving Walford for the second time - her first stint on the show was from 1998–2002.

Fans have been desperate to know how her exit will come about, with viewers presuming it will be linked to seeking vengeance for Hunter's death, or taking her own life because of her grief.

Behind-the-scenes: Images suggest it could be a high-octane, potentially fatal finish to the character

Behind-the-scenes: Images suggest it could be a high-octane, potentially fatal finish to the character

Tense: Snaps from the location shoot see Tamzin as Mel behind the wheel of a car

Tense: Snaps from the location shoot see Tamzin as Mel behind the wheel of a car

Hot pursuit: Sharon takes to the roads to chase Mel

Hot pursuit: Sharon takes to the roads to chase Mel

Emotional scenes: Mel has suffered a horrific ordeal in recent weeks, after her son, Hunter [played by Charlie Winter] was shot dead after a deadly armed siege at the Queen Vic

Emotional scenes: Mel has suffered a horrific ordeal in recent weeks, after her son, Hunter [played by Charlie Winter] was shot dead after a deadly armed siege at the Queen Vic

But in Mel's latest plot, she has cottoned on to the fact that Sharon has been having an affair with Keanu Taylor [Danny Walters].

A new theory suggests that Mel turns to blackmail, threatening to expose Sharon's affair.

An added twist - Sharon is pregnant; and Mel is thought to presume her baby is Keanu's, not Phil's [Steve McFadden].

How will it end? It was announced several weeks ago that Tamzin will be leaving Walford for the second time - her first stint on the show was from 1998–2002

How will it end? It was announced several weeks ago that Tamzin will be leaving Walford for the second time - her first stint on the show was from 1998–2002

Car chase: Fans have been desperate to know how her exit will come about, with viewers presuming it will be linked to seeking vengeance for Hunter's death, or taking her own life because of her grief

Car chase: Fans have been desperate to know how her exit will come about, with viewers presuming it will be linked to seeking vengeance for Hunter's death, or taking her own life because of her grief

Followed: In Mel's latest plot, she has cottoned on to the fact that Sharon has been having an affair with Keanu Taylor [Danny Walters]

Followed: In Mel's latest plot, she has cottoned on to the fact that Sharon has been having an affair with Keanu Taylor [Danny Walters]

A new theory: Mel turns to blackmail, threatening to expose Sharon's affair. An added twist - Sharon is pregnant; and Mel is thought to presume her baby is Keanu's, not Phil's [Steve McFadden].

A new theory: Mel turns to blackmail, threatening to expose Sharon's affair

Smash? An added twist - Sharon is pregnant; and Mel is thought to presume her baby is Keanu's, not Phil's [Steve McFadden]

Smash? An added twist - Sharon is pregnant; and Mel is thought to presume her baby is Keanu's, not Phil's [Steve McFadden]

The car-chase scenes see Mel being followed at speed by Sharon, who is clearly raging with her after the blackmail.

But a van hits Mel's car, sending it flying and landing upside down, leaving her fate uncertain.

While many are presuming that Mel will perish in the crash, Tamzin's latest tweet has suggested she lives to see another day.

Dramatic scenes: The car-chase scenes see Mel being followed at speed by Sharon, who is clearly raging with her after the blackmail

Dramatic scenes: The car-chase scenes see Mel being followed at speed by Sharon, who is clearly raging with her after the blackmail

High-speed: But a van hits Mel's car, sending it flying and landing upside down, leaving her fate uncertain

High-speed: But a van hits Mel's car, sending it flying and landing upside down, leaving her fate uncertain

Car crash TV: While many are presuming that Mel will perish in the crash, Tamzin's latest tweet has suggested she lives to see another day

Car crash TV: While many are presuming that Mel will perish in the crash, Tamzin's latest tweet has suggested she lives to see another day

She tweeted: 'So that’s it! The end of an era... for me at least. Melanie Healy/Beale/Owen has left the building!'

She tweeted: 'So that’s it! The end of an era... for me at least. Melanie Healy/Beale/Owen has left the building!'

'So that’s it! The end of an era... for me at least. Melanie Healy/Beale/Owen has left the building!' she tweeted.

'It’s been a pleasure, a privilege and a 21 year association with a family I will cherish forever and never forget.... TIL next time my beautiful cast and crew... you all rock.❤️'

This tweet offers a glimmer of hope to Mel's fans - suggesting there will be a 'next time' for the character, who returned to the soap in 2018.

MailOnline has approached a rep for the soap for comment. 

EastEnders SPOILER ALERT: Is THIS the way Mel Owen leaves the soap?

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