Chantelle Atkins (Jessica Plummer) was murdered by domestic abuser Gray (Toby-Alexander Smith) in EastEnders tonight (September 18).
After putting up with his abuse for months — abuse which became much worse during the lockdown period — Chantelle decided that enough was enough, and therefore revealed to Gray that she was leaving him.
Gray was horrified by her revelation, and attempted to take back control in a number of sadistic ways, but when Chantelle revealed that she doesn’t love him anymore, he became violent.
He pushed her, and she landed the dishwasher — and a sharp knife that was pointing upwards stabbed her in the back.
She tragically died, and Gray didn’t nothing to help, as he became concerned with covering his own tracks.
EastEnders domestic violence – get support
Two thirds of women who were experiencing abuse from their partner/ex-partner in June told a Women’s Aid study that their abuser had started using lockdown restrictions or the Covid-19 virus and its consequences as part of the abuse. (66.7% of those answering question – Women’s Aid Survivor Survey, June 2020).
At the height of lockdown over three quarters of women living with an abuser said they felt they could not leave or get away because of the pandemic. (78.6% of those answering question – Women’s Aid Survivor Survey, April 2020).
You can get support and information from Women’s Aid by visiting the website or contacting the free instant messaging service.
You can get support and information from Refuge – which holds a comprehensive and detailed guide to seeking help on the website.
While Chantelle’s death was pre-announced two weeks ago, the way in which she ultimately died was seemingly foreshadowed several months earlier.
In January 9’s edition of the soap — the serial drama’s 6058th episode in total — Chantelle cleaned up the kitchen following a meal with Gray.
However, Gray sinisterly appeared behind her as she loaded the plates into the dishwasher.
He subsequently berated her for the way in which she put the cutlery into said dishwasher.
‘Uh, how many times have we had this conversation?’ he said, before taking an unsettling pause.
‘Cutlery up, or it doesn’t get cleaned.’
Much like he does everything else, Gray took control of the situation, and therefore re-adjusted a knife (and a fork), with the sharp end now facing upwards.
EastEnders continues Monday September 21 at 8:05pm on BBC One.
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