EastEnders fans praise 'best episode' EVER as Gray finally gets his comeuppance

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EastEnders fans hailed last night's episode as one of the 'best' they'd seen. (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders viewers applauded last night’s episode (Thursday, March. 10), branding it one of the 'best episodes' they’ve seen after killer Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) was finally brought to justice.

It was an intense episode for EastEnders last night as Gray attempted to escape Walford after the residents discovered the truth about his horrific crimes. His wife, Chelsea Fox (Zaraah Abrahams) had also managed to get Gray’s confession of murdering his previous wife Chantelle (Jessica Plummer), while on the phone to 999.

A furious Gray violently assaulted Chelsea and fled the house to get his two children and premature son, Jordan who he was hiding at Karen Taylor’s (Lorraine Stanley) house. Initially, Karen believed he was innocent, despite being told the news by Mitch (Roger Griffiths) that it was true that Gray had murdered their daughter, Chantelle. 

But, things soon took a vicious turn when Gray returned to take his children away but Karen refused to let him take them. A sadistic Gray soon admitted to killing Chantelle and threatened Karen, saying that she would end up the same way as Chantelle if she didn’t let him take his children and run.

Arming herself with a baseball bat, she attempted to hit him but lost her footing. Instead, she smashed her window with an ashtray and screamed for help to the police officers who were searching for him.

He soon escaped and ended up at the Queen Vic where he bumped into Shirley Carter (Linda Henry), who attacked him and then tried to kill him. Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) stopped Shirley from killing him, pleading that he couldn’t lose her, but Gray viciously hit Shirley over the head, leaving her bleeding out and unconscious.

Shirley Carter lies unconscious and bleeding

Shirley Carter fell victim to evil Gray. (Image credit: BBC)

After a beating from Mick, Gray fled again, but was soon spotted by Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) and he climbed up some scaffolding to a rooftop, where he stood over a bridge at the edge of a rail track contemplating to jump.

Whitney soon caught up to him and bombarded him with insults, but when he attempted to jump, Whitney was adamant that he would spend the rest of his life in prison and held onto him tightly, refusing to let him go.

Whitney holds tightly onto Gray as he hangs over a bridge

Whitney refused to let Gray jump from the bridge. (Image credit: BBC)

As he clung onto the edge of the railings, he goaded Whitney to let him go by confessing that he had killed her fiancé Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami), but she still held on. Gray attempted to pull Whitney down with him, until hero Mitch came to save Whitney and pulled Gray back over the edge, after he spotted Gray hanging from the bridge.

The Square watched as Gray was arrested by the police, and fans on Twitter hailed the episode as one of the best ever.

EastEnders continues on BBC One on Monday, March. 14 at 7:30 pm.

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides, recaps and features for must-watch shows and delivers all the latest soap news and reactions. 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.

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