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'EastEnders' fans fear for Chelsea’s life after Gray's explosive showdown

Chelsea Fox in EastEnders
Chelsea Fox in EastEnders. (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

EastEnders fans were left terrified and concerned for Gray Atkins’ (Toby-Alexander Smith) girlfriend Chelsea Fox (Zaraah Abrahams) in Thursday's episode after his violent outburst, which resulted in Chelsea breaking up with him.

As viewers know, the evil yet charming solicitor Gray has been wreaking havoc across Walford by murdering his wife Chantelle (Jessica Plummer), Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White), and Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami). However, with his smooth-talking and pleasant personality, he’s so far managed to get away with these despicable crimes. 

In last night’s episode, viewers were left worried that Chelsea could be another one of Gray’s victims after he spotted his murdered ex-wife’s ring on Chelsea’s finger, finally revealing his extreme temper and leaving Chelsea shaken up and furious.

Gray and Chelsea’s relationship has been far from smooth sailing, with Chelsea cheating on the serial killer with his associate and spending Gray’s money.

Last night’s episode saw Chelsea uninterested in joining Gray’s plan for the day, so she convinced Jack (Scott Maslen) to go to town with her and buy her mother, Denise (Diane Parish) an engagement ring.

Meanwhile, Gray is seething when he receives an email telling him that he’s been fired. Gray’s boss, Laura Awoyinka (Sarah Paul), has become increasingly suspicious of Gray’s behaviour over the past few weeks.

Outside a pawn shop, Chelsea fell in love with an expensive ring in the window. After trying to convince Jack to buy it for Denise, he refused, so Chelsea bought it for herself with Gray’s credit card.

A fuming Gray was left horrified when he noticed the ring on Chelsea’s finger and told her that it’s Chantelle’s ring.

An adamant Chelsea refused to take it off, which only fuelled Gray’s anger even more, and resulted in him exploding with rage and violently screaming at her, finally revealing his dark side.

Horrifically, we then saw Gray’s eyes focused on a knife in the dishwasher in the background, a shocking reminder of how his ex-wife met her deadly end.

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Astounded, Chelsea slammed the ring down on the counter and left. Later, Gray attempted to reconcile with her by offering to buy her dinner and a luxuary holiday to Cornwall.

But Chelsea was repulsed by his offer, telling him: “Spend a week with you? Over my dead body,” before throwing Gray’s credit card on the ground and ending their relationship.

Could that be the end for Chelsea once and for all? With Gray involved, those menacing final words could become literal for Chelsea...

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EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One - see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also watch all of this week’s episodes on BBC iPlayer now. 

Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film, and TV grow stronger.


Some of her favourite TV shows are Line of Duty, Fresh Meat, The Great British Bake Off, and Gogglebox. In her spare time, Grace likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series!