The following article contains discussion of themes including sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting.
EastEnders spoilers follow.
Ben Mitchell is set to spark concern among in EastEnders amid his rape storyline.
Earlier this week, the soap aired horrific scenes as Ben was sexually assaulted by Lewis Butler during an evening together following a falling out with his husband, Callum.
Following this, a heartbreaking moment happened as Callum confronted him with suspicions that he had cheated on him, with Ben unable to admit the truth to his husband or himself about his traumatic ordeal.
In new scenes airing next week, Rainie Highway lays into Ben for supposedly cheating on Callum, though she turns matters back to Stuart and aiding him with baby Roland.
Kathy Beale airs her worries about her son to Rocky Cotton, while Callum and Lola Pearce have a drink together and talk through their respective life situations.
Meanwhile, at The Prince Albert, Mick Carter shares words for Tina ahead of the talent competition. Yet, Kathy is distracted with Ben on her mind, and confides in Jay Brown about the situation.
Speaking about mum Kathy's role in Ben moving forward, actor Max Bowden recently explained that "she'll be very important".
"There's been a kind of missing link for a while with Ben and Kathy, as there's been so much emphasis on the relationship between Ben and Phil for years that we've missed a lot of the Ben and Kathy elements that keep them fresh," he said.
"They are a wonderful little pairing and I adore working with Gillian [Taylforth]. They actually have a lot more in common than they realise, personally, I think maybe more than Ben and Phil.
"Discovering that going forward is going to be really important, not just for the characters, but for the fans. It's been crying out for some kind of rekindling between Ben and Kathy, and I think this might be the opportunity to bring that together."
EastEnders airs these scenes on Monday, May 30 and Thursday, June 2.
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