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EastEnders fans saw Gray Atkins (played by Toby- Alexander Smith) and Chantelle Atkins’ (Jessica Plummer) domestic abuse storyline reach its climax last week when the lawyer killed his wife. Since that dramatic moment, fans of the BBC soap have been theorising how Gray will receive his comeuppance, and some are convinced the argument between Chantelle and Gray was recorded on her phone.
Chantelle was dragged back home by Gray after Kheerat Panesar (Jaz Deol) broke into the house and failed to turn the alarm system off.
The mother-of-two had planned to meet with Kheerat and flee Walford with her children, but Gray overheard her arrangements and threw a spanner in the works.
After ushering the children to bed, Chantelle set about tidying up the house and when her husband went upstairs, she saw this as an opportunity to ring Kheerat.
However, bad luck struck as the businessman’s phone ran out of battery and Kheerat failed to answer the call.
Chantelle was left with no other option but to leave a voicemail, however, she was interrupted by Gray walking into the room.
In a shock twist, the abuser forced his wife to ring Kheerat back and explain she wouldn’t be leaving Gray or the Square and her original plans were now scrapped.
“Hi Kheerat, it’s Chantelle,” she began.
“I’m back home with Gray, I just…what I said was wrong, I’ve had second thoughts.
“I love my husband and my children and I’ve got to put them first.
“I’m sorry,” Chantelle called off.
But, those watching the tragic episode are convinced she didn’t end the call and instead, hope the events that followed were all recorded on the voicemail.
Taking to Twitter, one said: “I really hope Chantelle never hung up on Kheerat on that burner phone and left a voicemail. #Eastenders.”
“Omg someone said something about hopefully the call did NOT disconnect on the second phone and the whole scenes were recorded on voicemail …… PLEASE. #EastEnders i can’t wait to see the aftermath and see gray get sent DOWN,” another commented.
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Someone suggested: “Ya’ll forgetting one thing… Chantelle didn’t get the chance to hang the phone up on kheerat when it went to voicemail.”
“I am hopinggggg that Chantelle actually didn’t put the phone down so it went to kheerat answer phone that could be the new evidence that proves that that evil man did it #EastEnders,” a viewer added.
Some fans were unhappy with the ending of this storyline, but EastEnders Executive Producer Jon Sen explained: “A criticism is often a worry that we are showing a victim that tries to leave and that backfires on her tremendously.
“I’d like people to realise that for people in Chantelle’s situation, telling someone what you’re going through is so important.
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“Chantelle thinks she’s doing her children and husband a service by keeping this secret to herself, not wanting to make waves so she carries this secret all on her own so she doesn’t reach out to anyone.
“Through Chantelle’s story, we hope to encourage survivors to understand that they are absolutely worth the support and to speak out.
“Action is important because being trapped in a situation like this can have fatal consequences,” he added to RadioTimes.com.
If you or anyone you’ve been affected by this storyline, contact Women’s Aid’s website here. If your life is in immediate danger, ring 999 and ask for the police.
EastEnders airs tonight at 8.30pm on ITV.
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