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EastEnders: Chantelle’s final goodbye to parents has viewers in tears

She's set to be killed by abuser Gray

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EastEnders had viewers in floods of tears last night as it showed Chantelle Atkins (Jessica Plummer) saying a last goodbye to her mum and dad.

During Thursday (September 17) evening’s episode of the BBC soap, the hairdresser had to leave her parents because her house had been broken into.

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Chantelle dies in EastEnders tonight (Credit: BBC)

What happened with Chantelle and her parents in EastEnders?

In a bid to not be alone with her abusive husband Gray (Toby-Alexander Smith), the mum of two questioned why they had to go back.

“What’s the point? By the time we’re back, whoever was there would have been gone by now.”

Gray insisted that they return. He told her: “We have been robbed.”

Still hoping to get away, Chantelle asked her mum Karen (Lorraine Stanley) about her kids.

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Mitch knew something was wrong (Credit: BBC)

But lawyer Gray said: “I think we should handle this together. Who knows what they could have taken? The kids want to go home, they’re scared. The film didn’t help. Come on.”

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Chantelle’s dad, Mitch (Roger Griffiths), noticed a tension. He offered his daughter a lifeline, telling her: “Baby, if you want to stay, just say. I’m sure Gray will be okay on his own.”

Unfortunately, Chantelle left with her husband – but not before turning to Karen and Mitch and saying goodbye to them both.

Mitch called, as she left: “Drive safe, baby!”

Viewers were in floods of tears. They know that last night’s instalment was Chantelle’s penultimate episode. In tonight’s, Gray kills her.

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Toby-Alexander Smith plays Gray (Credit: BBC)

How did EastEnders fans react to last night’s episode?

Reacting on Twitter, viewers said they found it “heartbreaking” to watch.

One said: “That last goodbye to her parents was heartbreaking man.”

Another tweeted: “Anyone else shouting, ‘Don’t go, tell them’?! Why didn’t she?! Tomorrow will be a tough, upsetting watch but this needs to be shown, especially now.”

Crying so much at Chantelle saying goodbye to her parents for the last time.

A third said, with crying emojis: “Omg Chantelle saying bye to her parents. Nah my heart is breaking, I’m not ready for tomorrow. #Eastenders.”

Someone else said: “The #Chantelle storyline in #eastenders is just heartbreaking. I wish she would tell her parents. They would help her out so much… her dad can sense it, as a parent you know your child.”

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A fifth wrote: “Crying so much at Chantelle saying goodbye to her parents for the last time. I don’t think I can do tomorrow, but women in these situations have no choice. Domestic violence is just horrific, please reach out if you need help. Please.”

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