Eastenders viewers were left furious on Thursday night as Ben Mitchell pursued his plans to extend dying Lola Pearce-Brown’s life, despite her wishes.
Lola, played by Danielle Harold, has a terminal brain tumour and was recently given only months to live, with her final scenes expected to air soon.
And though the rest of her family have gathered round to support her, Ben, who she shares daughter Lexie with, refuses to accept this fact.
Ben has been fighting for days with friends and family to convince them to get Lola into a clinical trial in America.
And though none agreed, he decided to go ahead with it anyway, flying out to America to meet with the specialist doctors.
‘Selfish’: Eastenders viewers were left furious on Thursday night as Ben Mitchell pursued his plans to extend dying Lola Pearce-Brown’s life, despite her wishes
Revealing his plans to his husband Callum, he said: ‘I’m going to that clinic, in America.
‘If it don’t work then it don’t, but at least I can say I tried.
‘I can stand by Lola’s grave and say I did everything I could.
‘You’ve got to see how important that is to me.
‘I feel like I’ve got the whole world against me right now. And I really need you on my side’.
Unwillingly, Callum sided with Ben, supporting his decision to go.
Ben then visited Lola, to apologise for his behaviour, but ensured he would do everything he could for her.
‘I ain’t here to cause trouble. I’m here to apologise… again.
Unwell: Lola, played by Danielle Harold , has a terminal brain tumour and was recently given only months to live, with her final scenes expected to air soon
Determined: And though the rest of her family have gathered round to support her, Ben, who she shares daughter Lexie with, refuses to accept this fact
Mission: Ben has been fighting for days with friends and family to convince them to get Lola into a clinical trial in America
‘The things I’ve been saying, the way I’ve been acting, it’s out of order. I’m sorry.’
As Lola’s partner Jay leaves the room, Ben continues to a sleeping Lola.
Convinced she still had some fight left in her, he told her he would do everything he can to keep her around for another few months, when their daughter starts secondary school.
And taking to Twitter as the episode aired, fans were left furious with the character, who was making Lola’s death ‘all about himself’.
One said: ‘I know Ben thinks he’s doing the right thing, but he’s really just wanting to prolong the inevitable for Lola.’
A second added: ‘Ben really is in so much denial. Why ain’t the family noticing what is wrong with him?’
‘Ben is going to regret all of this in a month’s time when Lola’s dead’, a third said.
A fourth said: ‘Ben there is nothing more you can do. Lola is dying and you need to accept that. You’re in denial and need serious professional help! This isn’t what Lola wants and you cannot force her at her own free will to have the treatment when it isn’t 100% reliable.’
Trouble started brewing for Ben on Wednesday’s episode, when an agitated Ben lashed out at Lola for ‘not fighting enough’, telling her ‘you should be in hospital’.
He also revealed to Lola that he had told their daughter she would be around for when Lexie starts school in September.
Despite a clashing of heads between Ben and Lola’s current partner Jay, who told him to ‘back off’, it seems his words did not get through.
As the final credit’s rolled on the episode, a plotting Ben could be seen on the phone to a doctor, telling the professional his plans to keep Lola alive for another few months.
It comes after viewers were left ‘sobbing’ as Lola began issuing her final goodbyes to her daughter Lexie during Wednesday’s episode.
And as her condition worsened, Lola started saying goodbye to her most loved ones, beginning with her daughter Lexie.
After undergoing a baptism to ‘end up’ in heaven with her daughter, the pair shared a hear-to-heart.
Heartbreaking: It comes after viewers were left ‘sobbing’ as Lola began issuing her final goodbyes to her daughter Lexie during Wednesday’s episode
Lexi told her mother: ‘I’m glad we’re going to be in heaven together.
Lola replied: ‘Me too. But, I can wait for a very very long time, ok? I want you to have a long and happy life first. I’ll always be looking over you, you know?’
As Lola began crying, she continued: Lex, as Mommy gets a little bit weaker, I need you to be a bit stronger for me ok?
‘You know if you ever want to talk to me, you know like that Reverend did with God, just talk to me. I’ll be listening always.
‘When you’re hurting, you’re going to feel my arms wrapped tight around you.
‘When you’re happy, you’re going to hear me laughing with you.
‘I will always, always be looking over you, ok?’
Lexie replied: ‘When I have a daughter, I’m going to tell her all about you.’