The following article contains discussion of themes including sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting, as well as EastEnders spoilers.
Kathy Beale is about to lock horns with rapist Lewis Butler in upcoming EastEnders scenes.
Set for broadcast next Thursday (June 8) on BBC One, it all starts with her son Ben Mitchell – who was recently sexually assaulted by bartender Lewis – waking up after stopping over at The Arches.
Upon hearing newcomer Dave banging on the door for his wages, Ben panics, but the commotion quickly comes to an end when Jay pays him what he’s owed.
Kheerat arrives on the scene shortly after, and he’s alarmed by Ben’s appearance, suggesting he needs to take a bit of time off work.
Elsewhere in Walford, although Kathy doesn’t yet know the truth, she still has Ben at the forefront of her thinking. Kathy attempts to sack Lewis, but he rebuffs this idea while highlighting how he could take legal action against her.
As an alternative, she then gives him a warning. But will things change again when Kathy later realises what Lewis did?
Previously opening up on his character’s dark storyline, Max Bowden shared: “Alongside some wonderful charities, and some very inspirational survivors of male sexual assault in the UK, I think we’ve been able to really strive to tell the most truthful account we can, and I hope we can raise awareness and understanding on a topic that is rarely covered.
“I’m honoured to be given this opportunity to tell such an important story.”