EastEnders fans were gripped on Wednesday night when Ben Mitchell finally confessed to the Panesar family that he was responsible for Jag’s death.
And while the family reeled from the revelation, mourning their bother all over again, viewers were grieving for something else – the end of the close friendship between Ben and Jag's brother Kheerat.
Earlier in the episode, Kheerat had accompanied Ben to his HIV test results, offering support.
With Ben on a downward spiral, Kheerat has been really looking out for him.
Ben has been struggling to cope, pushing people away in the aftermath of his rape by Lewis, and it seems that he appreciates Kheerat’s support.
So much so, that is guilt over his part in Kheerat’s brother Jag’s death started to tear him apart.
When Jags went to prison last year, the Panesars learned that he had got on the wrong side of a gang. Kheerat made an agreement with Ben to pay for protection for Jags on the inside.
But when Ben saw Kheerat with his dad’s ex Sharon and realised they were romantically involved, he saw red. Making a call, he called off the protection. And soon the Panesars learned that Jags had died.
So, when Ben revealed that Jags death was his fault in the latest episode, the Panesars were left reeling.
Fans predicated big drama now the secret was out, many posting gifs joking that Ben’s days were numbered as the Panesars were bound to take revenge.
Ben spotted leaving the Panesar’s house #eastenders pic.twitter.com/0h0N1ZoSz7July 20, 2022
#Eastenders Ben tomorrow pic.twitter.com/HTdotlz0eQJuly 20, 2022
However, most were sorry that this would spell the end of Ben and Kheerat’s relationship.
“Please Ben, don't ruin your friendship with Kheerat,” begged one as they realised what Ben was about to do.
While another said: “Actually really annoyed they've ended the Ben/Kheerat friendship.”
Please Ben, don't ruin your friendship with Kheerat💔 #EastEndersJuly 20, 2022
Actually really annoyed they've ended the Ben/Kheerat friendship. It was always inevitable with the Jags stuff but I wish Ben had been able to keep the one person who was on his side and noticing things that others weren't. #EastEndersJuly 20, 2022
That's the Ben/Kheerat friendship ruined then 😔. When Ben said he wanted to go home, and Callum.. that really hurt. He was like a caged, scared animal in that flat. You didn't kill Jags Ben - you played a role yeah but you didn't kill him. #EastEnders pic.twitter.com/7QFNzuFCLEJuly 20, 2022
The 💩 is going to hit the fan I think for Ben & Kheerat 😩 #EastEndersJuly 20, 2022
What will the Panesars do now they know the truth? And is there really no way back now for Ben and Kheerat?
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Steven is a writer, editor, and commentator with a passion for popular TV and soap operas. He spent 20 years as the editor of Inside Soap magazine, documenting every punch-up and pucker-up in the Street, the Square and the village. As a feature writer, he’s covered TV crime dramas, period dramas and even some real-life star dramas. He’s been seen as a talking head on more TV clip shows than he cares to remember, has a life-long passion for TV sci-fi – the older and creakier the better – and is a slight obsessive about any reality show featuring hotels.
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