'EastEnders' fans horrified as Keegan is brutally attacked in vile hate crime

Keegan Baker and a gang member in 'EastEnders'
Keegan Baker was brutally attacked by Aaron Monroe's gang in last night's episode. (Image credit: BBC )

EastEnders viewers were left distraught after last night’s episode (Thursday Dec. 2) as Keegan Baker (Zack Morris) was ambushed by Aaron Monroe’s (Charlie Wernham) far-right gang and was brutally attacked.

Before the vicious attack, Keegan found himself at the forefront of an argument at The Queen Vic when one of the gang members said a hateful comment at Isaac Baptiste (Stevie Basaula) and Keegan stepped in to defend him.

Ever since Keegan handed his ex-wife Tiffany Butcher-Baker (Maisie Smith) the divorce papers, she’s been getting closer to boyfriend Aaron, who is encouraging her to get involved with his far-right and racist ways.

Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) soon stepped in and ordered the yobs to get out, with one of them replying, “You having a laugh? What have I done?”

"You're in the wrong boozer. Either you walk out of here now, or your two bob pals will carry you out. How d’ya want to be?" Mick responded.

Keegan Baker confronts an aggressive thug at the pub

Keegan confronted the aggressive thug at the pub. (Image credit: BBC)

The thug poured his drink at Keegan’s feet and exited the pub. But it soon got rowdy between Tiffany and Keegan.

“Tiff, there are better ways to get back at me. You’re better than this. And you’re better than him! [referring to Aaron].”

Later, when Keegan left the pub, he was circled by the group of thugs armed with weapons. As they surrounded him, one of the thugs made vile racist comments.

Before they could attack, Keegan punched him in the face, which only added more fuel to the fire.

“We’re going to have to teach you a lesson ain’t we, boy?” the thug seethed, before the gang jumped Keegan and started beating him up.

From a distance, Aaron watched the gang savagely attack Keegan and nodded to the leader once they had finished. Soon after, the gang swiftly drove off in their car as Keegan was lying face down on the concrete.

Aaron Monroe watched the gang beat up Keegan

Aaron watched on as the gang beat up Keegan. (Image credit: BBC)

Did Aaron set up the attack on Keegan?

Fans on Twitter were horrified as the violent scenes unfolded on EastEnders, with one viewer saying that it made their “skin crawl.” 

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EastEnders airs tonight at 8pm on BBC1 — see our TV Guide for full listings. 

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

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.

You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series and much-loved soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.