EastEnders viewers were left ‘sobbing’ as Lola Pearce-Brown began issuing her final goodbyes to her daughter Lexie during Wednesday’s episode.
The character, 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 as her condition worsens, Lola has 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.
Lexi told her mother: ‘I’m glad we’re going to be in heaven together.
Heartbreaking: EastEnders viewers were left ‘sobbing’ as Lola Pearce-Brown began issuing her final goodbyes to her daughter Lexie during Wednesday’s episode
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.’
Their emotional conversation was then cut short by Lexie’s father Ben Mitchell, who came to apologise for his behaviour.
Sad: As her condition worsens, Lola has started saying goodbye to her most loved ones, beginning with her daughter Lexie
Tragic: After undergoing a baptism to ‘end up’ in heaven with her daughter, the pair shared a hear-to-heart
Grovel: Their emotional conversation was then cut short by Lexie’s father Ben Mitchell, who came to apologise for his behaviour
Earlier in the episode, 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.
Taking to Twitter as the episode aired, fans were left heartbroken at the devastating scenes.
‘I’m sobbing’, one wrote, while ‘god this is heartbreaking’, a second added.
It comes after viewers were left heartbroken as Lola battled with the consequences of afterlife and not being with her daughter, deciding she wanted to get baptised during Tuesday’s episode.
Determined to stay with her daughter ‘wherever’ she goes, she decided she wanted to undergo the religious ritual to ‘be with her’, for ‘wherever’ she ‘ends up’.
In heartbreaking scenes, Lola was visited by a reverend, who comforted her on what to expect.
The reverend said: ‘You know when I was with my partner Magda, it was a terrible shock. Didn’t much feel like god had my back that day.
‘It was a terrible thing about how unfair it all was. Questioning how any real God could let it happen.
‘When she died, she was full of life. She knew she was loved. She was surrounded by it everyday. You know, everyone always says that loss is hardest for the ones left behind. But I think, with something like this, it must be unimaginably difficult.’
Processing, Lola said: ‘I’d like to think that there’s something. Something like…’
‘Heaven?’ The reverend interrupted.
Lola continued: ‘Lexie, my daughter, she’s christened. So at least there will be someone there.’
The reverend concluded: ‘You know, I like to think of death as just the end of a chapter. I don’t think you have anything to fear.’
Tough: EastEnders viewers were left heartbroken as Lola Pearce-Brown battled with the consequences of afterlife and not being with her daughter, deciding she wanted to get baptized during Tuesday’s episode
Later in the evening, Lola’s daughter Lexie then came into the room to discuss her meeting with the reverend.
Lexi asked: ‘If you don’t believe in God, why was that lady here?’
Lola replied: ‘It doesn’t really matter. Makes you feel better.’
Worried, Lexie continued: ‘But if you don’t believe in God, he won’t let you into heaven. And then how am I supposed to find you?’
Reassuring her, Lola said: ‘Listen, wherever we end up, I will always find you, ok? Promise.’
As Lexie left the room, Lola then turned to Jay.
She asked: ‘Jay, have you still got that reference somewhere?
‘I think I want to be baptized. Lexie is, so wherever I end up, I want to end up with her.’
EastEnders airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One and iPlayer.
For information, help and support on matters associated with Lola’s storyline, head to Macmillan Cancer Support or Brain Tumour Research.