EastEnders

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I feel, I know he ended up on an OTT Murder Spree, after what he put Chantelle through, and how issue led that storyline felt, he had to be arrested and punished for his crimes
(Even if I was willing Mitch to shove him under the train)

Chelsea, Mitch, Mick, Shirley, Whitney, Gray and Karen pulled it all out the bag tonight (my heart went out for Karen at the end).

I loved it, and with this whole new set, am keen to see what big storylines now take over that this has finished. Feels like a bit of a fresh start.
 
Last night seemed to be Grays final appearance, but the storyline doesn't seem over at all? I guess it's going to focus on the aftermath for all the victims families and his trail will all be off-screen.

This weeks episodes have been brilliant!
 
A very sensitive domestic abuse storyline has been sensationalised into a run of the mill, poorly scripted serial killer fodder.

The actor playing Gray also just didn’t have the range to pull off such a complex character I was literally cringing at his delivery all week.

Chelsea has been serving throughout but the actor deserves better. It’s just feels so forced and unnatural compared to the programme I grew up with. It felt like it was in a good place pre COVID but since it’s return it almost feels like a relic of the past and all these U.K. soaps can’t compete with the standard of TV drama that has risen via streaming.
 
A very sensitive domestic abuse storyline has been sensationalised into a run of the mill, poorly scripted serial killer fodder.

The actor playing Gray also just didn’t have the range to pull off such a complex character I was literally cringing at his delivery all week.

Chelsea has been serving throughout but the actor deserves better. It’s just feels so forced and unnatural compared to the programme I grew up with. It felt like it was in a good place pre COVID but since it’s return it almost feels like a relic of the past and all these U.K. soaps can’t compete with the standard of TV drama that has risen via streaming.


I agree that the Grey/Chantelle storyline should have taken a very different route, but I think Simon Ashdown's strong writing brought it home as good as it could. I'm so glad Grey was arrested rather than falling off the bridge or being killed by Shirley.

I'm not sure soaps are meant to compete with high budget streaming drama, and I don't think I would want that. If I want to binge on a $200m series then we have Netflix for that.

Also I think Toby-Alexander Smith has done a decent job.
 
A very sensitive domestic abuse storyline has been sensationalised into a run of the mill, poorly scripted serial killer fodder.

The actor playing Gray also just didn’t have the range to pull off such a complex character I was literally cringing at his delivery all week.


Chelsea has been serving throughout but the actor deserves better. It’s just feels so forced and unnatural compared to the programme I grew up with. It felt like it was in a good place pre COVID but since it’s return it almost feels like a relic of the past and all these U.K. soaps can’t compete with the standard of TV drama that has risen via streaming.

All of this. It made such a serious issue into a pantomime!
 
There's no denying that turning this storyline from an important domestic abuse storyline to a generic, nonsensical soap serial killer plot was a misstep.

In the end, I think they did the best they could with where it went and how it came to a climax.
 
That’s the problem with soap killers these days. They can’t just kill once, they have to become mad serial killers. It would have had much more impact if he’d only killed Chantelle and then the focus would have been on the domestic abuse. And it should have come out much sooner than now.
 
I agree regarding the comments about the storyline going off the rails. The original storyline with Chantelle was domestic abuse.

The further two deaths went further than domestic abuse. I would also argue that the connection with Whitney and her past, as well as other multiple characters being tied into it went far off the original intention.

If it had been the abuse and death of Chantelle, then the abuse of Chelsea, that would have played better.
 
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