Tonight (Wednesday, May 31), EastEnders is set to have one of its most sad episodes ever when Lola Pearce-Brown (Danielle Harold) passes away suddenly.
Viewers are aware that Lola had a brain tumour diagnosis late last year, underwent treatment, and then received the devastating news that her illness is fatal.
The hairdresser was devastated, but she resolved to fight for as long as she could. However, her oncologist subsequently imparted the devastating news that the hairdresser’s palliative chemotherapy had failed, indicating that the end was near.
Over the previous several weeks, Lola’s illness has gotten worse, and nurse Suzanne has informed Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) that his wife is likely in her final few days.
Since then, her family members have come to say their final farewells. Jay begged her to hold on a bit longer while Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) had a poignant farewell with his granddaughter.
In the soap opera episode airing today, Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) and Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) arrive to say their final goodbyes before Lola tragically passes away.
While Callum Highway (Tony Clay) and Kathy say farewell in Lola’s bedroom and promise to watch for Lexi (Isabella Brown) for her, Phil struggles with his feelings.
Jay, on the other hand, finds it difficult to leave his beloved wife.
Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), Whitney Dean (Shona McCarty), Rocky (Brian Conley), Denise Fox (Diane Parish), and some of the other characters are invited to a lock-in by Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) at the Vic.
They discuss life, death, and the sadness of Lola’s fatal sickness as a group.
Actress Danielle Harold called her farewell moments in The Sun interview as “the most beautiful episode of EastEnders,” but she also said that it took her a long time to get the confidence to read them.
She admitted, “I didn’t want to read my final script.”
If we are at work, we pick them up at the script desk, and my last copies sat there for a very long time!
They kept asking whether I had already taken them, but I kept saying, “No, I don’t want to.”
Until I was ready, “I left them there.”