Devastation in Walford as EastEnders airs shock death twist TONIGHT

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There's trouble heading for Jay Brown as a shock death turns his world upside down...

EastEnders favourite Jay Brown will find his past coming back to haunt him tonight as the death of gang leader Terry Bates leaves him turning to drink.

Soap fans will know that Terry is the man responsible for killing Jay's beloved dad Jase Dyer back in 2008, and tonight's EastEnders (7.30pm, see our TV guide for full listings) the news of Terry's death will hit Jay hard.

EastEnders Jay Mitchell and Callum Highway

Callum is shocked by how much Jay hates Terry (Picture: BBC)

Jay's day gets off to a good start when he organises a day out in London with Lola and Lexi... but their plans to go sightseeing are scuppered when Callum reveals they have had a new booking at the undertakers that is too lucrative to turn down.

Jay and Callum are amazed at the scale of the funeral and when they see the plans the family have got for the send off, they start to wonder who it is that has died.

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But Jay is in for the shock of his life when he realises the deceased is none other than Terry Bates, the man who murdered his dad in cold blood.

More than a decade ago Jase worked for gang leader Terry, but things went tragically wrong when he decided to double cross his boss and steal from him.

Billy and Jay have a heart to heart in EastEnders

Jay is set to hit the bottle as Terry's death hits him hard (Picture: BBC)

After roping in Billy Mitchell as a getaway driver, Jase decided to steal the cash he was collecting for Terry and agreed to split it with Billy.

But Terry was one step ahead of Jase and decided to teach him the ultimate lesson by killing him while Billy hid in the bathroom.

Jay has never come to terms with losing his dad so young, and now he is faced with the heartbreak from the past once again with Terry lying in the funeral parlour.

Callum is shocked to see how much Jay hates Terry and calls Ben for back up. But will Ben be able to help Jay in his moment of need?

Lola is also there to comfort Jay... but as the EastEnders autumn trailer revealed, he is set to hit the bottle following Terry's death.

Could drinking to numb the pain cause Jay to do something he will later regret?

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.