EastEnders viewers' 'blood turns cold' as Gray suddenly finds Chantelle

EastEnders viewers were left on one heck of a cliff hanger tonight after Chantelle Atkins’ (Jessica Plummer) hideout was finally discovered by her abusive partner Gray (Toby-Alexander Smith).

The mum-of-two is on borrowed time, as she is set to meet a tragic end later this week.

And fans have been left fearing for the hairdresser’s life after her lawyer husband showed up at her parent’s home.

The final seconds of the episode saw her phone, where she said: ‘It’s me, yes, yes everything is fine Kheerat, no Kheerat, listen.

‘I’ve changed my mind, I’m ready, I want to cash in.’

But just as she was about to hang up, Gray appeared in the background, discovering her hiding location.

Right on cue, fans took to Twitter where they expressed how their blood had run cold are the sight of the lawyer.

‘This is so heartbreaking. Chantelle is finally starting to imagine a life outside Gray’s abuse and it sucks that she won’t get that,’ one wrote while another said: ‘Anyone in Chantelle’s position deserved so much better, what is wrong with this world.’

Someone else felt the same adding: ‘Poor Chantelle, she was literally so close to finally escaping Gray once and for all.’

And it seems others were under a similar impression: ‘Chantelle nearly made me cry at the end there. it’s just not fair, man. horribly wondering how it’s all gonna go down Friday if the actor can’t physically touch her. I reckon he’ll drown her and they’ll do some crap camera trickery with it.’

They were referring to the social distancing measures currently in place after the cast and crew returned to filming.

Executive producer Jon Sen said: ‘From the moment we turned the lights out in The Queen Vic our ambition was to come back with a bang and this autumn certainly does that.

‘As soon as Albert Square reawakens, the drama returns at a pace.’

He pressed: ‘Although working within social distancing guidelines has certainly given us some new challenges, I am incredibly proud of what everyone has achieved.

‘The show is looking fantastic and we can’t wait for ‘series two’ to begin.’

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EastEnders domestic violence – get support

Two thirds of women who were experiencing abuse from their partner/ex-partner in June told a Women’s Aid study that their abuser had started using lockdown restrictions or the Covid-19 virus and its consequences as part of the abuse.  (66.7% of those answering question – Women’s Aid Survivor Survey, June 2020).

At the height of lockdown over three quarters of women living with an abuser said they felt they could not leave or get away because of the pandemic. (78.6% of those answering question – Women’s Aid Survivor Survey, April 2020).

You can get support and information from Women’s Aid by visiting the website or contacting the free instant messaging service.

You can get support and information from Refuge – which holds a comprehensive and detailed guide to seeking help on the website.

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