EastEnders viewers had been left in shock a number of months again when it was revealed that seemingly good husband Gray Atkins (Toby Alexander-Smith) had been assaulting spouse Chantelle (Jessica Plummer), and — with the abuse exhibiting no indicators of stopping — issues will seemingly get complete lot darker, as Kate Oates has revealed that this storyline will likely be pushed additional.
Upon their arrival in Albert Square, Gray and Chantelle appeared like the proper couple. However, after months of watching them display their love for each other in a sequence of public settings, viewers acquired their first glimpse of what the pair’s marriage was actually like, when it was revealed that the solicitor had been bodily assaulting his spouse behind closed doorways.
In addition to the violence, Gray has additionally demonstrated controlling behaviour, as he determines not solely how a lot cash Chantelle is allowed to spend, but in addition how lengthy she’s allowed to exit with her buddies for.
With Gray off on enterprise, this narrative has taken a little bit of a backseat as of late, however make no mistake, it’s removed from over — as this storyline will likely be pushed additional as we head in the direction of autumn. Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Kate Oates stated: ‘We’ve acquired nice stuff for Chantelle and Gray. That storyline will likely be persevering with EastEnders’ custom of tales which discover actually necessary points. We’re going to be pushing that story.’
‘We’ve been constructing it fairly gently very intentionally and constructing the kind of public — by which I imply the Square — the general public notion of the form of man Gray is and the form of marriage that they’ve, so we’ll be exploring that.’
With this storyline being pushed additional over the approaching months, it’s probably that issues will get quite a bit darker. The query is: will Chantelle take motion towards her abuser? She’s already made various makes an attempt to rise up to her husband, however — with no indicators of the abuse stopping — may she maybe take drastic measures?
Will she search revenge on him for all that he’s put her by means of? If so, how far will she go?