EastEnders fans spot heartbreaking clue that hints Lola's death is sooner than we thought

Lola Pearce in a purple outfit and headband standing in her kitchen in EastEnders
EastEnders fans were in tears at the symbolism of Lola Pearce-Brown's death. (Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

EastEnders fans noticed a clue that Lola Pearce-Brown's (Danielle Harold) devastating death could happen sooner than we think as she married the love of her life Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) during last night's episode (Thursday, January 26).

In EastEnders last night, Jay waited at the register office for his bride Lola to arrive, unaware that she was in the hospital with Maid of Honour Kim Fox (Tameka Empson).

A terminally ill Lola started to have nosebleeds and headaches, so Lola had to stop off at A&E to get her symptoms checked out.

When she eventually showed up, Jay was relieved until Lola pulled him to talk privately.

A terrified Lola broke down in tears and poured her heart out to Jay, telling him that she couldn't marry him.

Jay Brown comforts a crying Lola Pearce in her wedding dress

A terrified Lola had second thoughts about the wedding. (Image credit: BBC)

She wept: "I want you to know what I'm signing you up for... I'm scared and I'm gonna die and I don't like it."

Jay reassured her that he still wanted to marry her, before she replied with: "Do you? Do you really? Think about the end Jay, the end of my life. It's going to be hard. It could get scary, dark, painful."

Lola wept as Jay comforted her, where she told Jay that she grew up in care and was used to being alone.

"I want to spend the rest of your life with you and no matter how much pain, how much sadness, it will be worth it, because of the joy you bring me. And I promise you that I will devote every second of my life to making sure that I'm a good stepdad to Lexi. I promise," Jay said.

The young couple decided to go through with the emotional ceremony and tied the knot with some poignant vows.

Later on, after the tear-jerking ceremony, eagle-eyed fans noticed a heartbreaking clue that hinted at Lola's tragic death.

As Jay carried Lola over the threshold, he accidentally let go of Lola's 'L' balloon and they watched it drift off into the night sky.

Lola's 'L' balloon floats away into the night sky

Lola's 'L' balloon floated away into the sky. (Image credit: BBC)

After, as a tearful Jay and Lola cuddled in bed, Lola said: "Listen, just because we're being honest, doesn't mean we have to give up hope."

"I never will," Jay responded, before looking at his 'J' balloon standing alone in the room.

Devastated fans think that the balloon scene was symbolic of Lola's impending death and were in tears at the crushing reminder...

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EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm on BBC One — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on BBC iPlayer now. 

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.

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