EastEnders fans mourn Peggy Mitchell after her death
EastEnders viewers were left devastated on Tuesday night (17May16) as Peggy Mitchell died.
Barbara Windsor made the decision to bid farewell to her alter-ego once and for all, leading to soap bosses writing her out of the show. Fans have been watching as Peggy has battled her cancer over the past few episodes, and things came to a head on Tuesday's episode when she decided to take her own life.
Pam St. Clement's character Pat Butcher returned from the dead to appear to Peggy as a ghost as she contemplated what she was about to do.
"Will they ever forgive me, the kids? Am I going to break their hearts? I just can’t wait," Peggy told Pam. "I’m being eaten alive and it hurts. I don’t want that to be me, to be that little old lady in the bed being looked after.”
After making her decision, Peggy added: "I'll go as I have lived, straight back, head held high, like a queen."
Pam remained by Peggy's side until the very end, and fans were quick to take to Twitter to comment on the moving scenes.
One wrote: "RIP to the Queen of Walford. The Queen of the square. The true Queen of the vic #EastEnders #EELastOrders."
"This was heartbreaking. Best EastEnders episode ever! Dame Barbra is a spectacular actress & amazing person. #EELastOrders (sic)," another added.
The episode ended with a shot of an empty pill bottle, alongside letters from Peggy's children. Her sons Grant and Phil, played by Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden, will return to Peggy's funeral in the coming episodes, along with Danniella Westbrook as daughter Sam Mitchell.
Returning to playing Peggy, alongside her on-screen sons, was an emotional experience for Barbara. The most exciting part for the actress was the first time the trio were reunited.
"It was lovely (when I saw the boys together)," she told Good Morning Britain in a recent interview. "I tell you what was great - when they stood either side of me. That was it - I felt, 'We're back!' What am I doing killing myself off? What am I, mad? I felt good."
- Cover Media