EastEnders fans have been left in tears after seriously emotional scenes saw the Branning family bid a painful goodbye to Abi as her life support machine was switched off and she died. As the family gathered round and broke down in tears, Walford paid its respects as friends and neighbours raised a glass silently to the youngster.
Tanya made it clear that she couldn’t be in the same room as Max as she blamed him for her daughter’s death but after Max said his goodbyes to Abi, they came face to face in the chapel. Max wanted to talk about Abi but Tanya couldn’t bear it and headed through to sit with Abi in her final moments with Jack, Lauren, Dot, Cora and Rainie all present too.
However, as doctors prepared to turn off the life support, Tanya begged Jack to go and get Max, not feeling right about excluding Abi’s father from her last moments. The family sat in a sombre silence as they all looked at Abi, struggling to comprehend that they were about to lose her for good.
As the machines were turned off, Abi soon flatlined and those left behind were hit with the reality of the situation, leading to tears as they realised that they would never again see Abi. In the Vic, Jay Mitchell was equally devastated as he thought about his good friend.
The hard hitting and emotional scenes spell the end of Lorna Fitzgerald’s time in the show, with Jacqueline Jossa also set to depart in the weeks that follow.
Will the remaining Brannings ever be the same in the wake of the harrowing tragedy?