It’s got to be partly due to the two maternity leaves of Kellie Bright, forcing Linda to have another surprise pregnancy and the feeble ways she was written out for a year. Particularly the last one following the alcoholism and abuse stories. It clearly disrupted the flow of the stories of the rest of the Carter family.Not surprised Danny is leaving, Mick and the Carter's in general haven't had any decent storylines for years. I hope they don't kill him off though, or Linda. Just rest them for a while.
The abrupt axing of Ash and Iqra particularly in the midst of a white supremacist storyline and the building of a mosque in Walford was a bit weird. Ash had so much potential as a character. At the very least they seriously need to hang on to Suki and Kheerat - Vinny is a bit of a non-entity at the moment.
They need to bring in some new characters instead of bringing back old ones. Janine is the exception, but I don't want any talk of bringing back Alfie or Bianca etc. So long as Lacey Turner doesn't get pregnant AGAIN.
Thinking more about this Iqra's leaving scene was just her and Bobby, and the one a few weeks before Christmas where she mentioned the new job was the two of them in the restaurant with a few extras, both would've been very easy to film later and slot in. I'm leaning towards her definitely being a goner in the explosion. Ash was probably injured in the explosion but had the same conflict with Suki and left as we saw on screen (with the homophobic attack being filmed later and inserted so those scenes made sense). Having said that it's all just speculation and we don't know how far any plans actually got, but I do feel like those Iqra scenes were too WEIRD to have been originally intended like that.I've seen it suggested elsewhere that the plans for New Year got changed due to fear of a backlash, and that the bomb originally WAS going to go off... Perhaps these two characters, and anyone else who abruptly leaves in the next few weeks, were originally going to be casualties of that