EastEnders fans reduced to tears as Lola celebrates last birthday with grandpa Billy

There wasn’t a dry eye left in the house on Wednesday’s edition of EastEnders, when terminally ill Lola Pearce threw a superhero themed party to celebrate her grandpa Billy Mitchell’s birthday.

In one of the last big family occasions she will live to see, Lola was determined to make it a special day as Billy turned 64 and was keen to make sure ever moment counted in order to help the people she loved make happy memories of their time together.

However in heartbreaking scenes before the party was due to take place, Billy broke down in tears as he was comforted by partner Honey, as he admitted it didn’t feel fair to be getting older and throwing a party, when his granddaughter would never get to.

Hurt and overwhelmed by the gravity of the situation, Billy wrestled with his emotions, unaware that Lola had overheard him, yet with tears in her own eyes, Lola was all the more determined to plough ahead with her plans to clutch at joy while she still had the chance.

As the party got underway later in the episode, fans at home were treated to the spectacle of their favourite stars dressed in superhero outfits complete with capes, yet while Lola tried to take smiling photos with Billy, she noticed he wasn’t as happy as she would’ve liked and later pulled him on one side for a chat about how he was really feeling.

Positive as ever, Lola tried to explain how she had wanted to make proper memories with proper smiles and celebrate the special day with her grandfather, but all it did was prompt Billy to ask: “How do you do it? How do you smile? Be brave?”

After a beat, Lola then responded: “I’ve tried everything else. Being angry, thinking it’s all unfair. It doesn’t help. But choosing to be happy does.”

The exchange was enough to remind Billy that he still had thinks to be thankful for and that for Lola’s sake, he could continue to make every moment left with her count.

With a smile on his face, the pair soon hugged, with another heartwarming photo taken of the pair together plucking at the heart strings of viewers at home.

Fans were quick to share their thoughts on the exchange as they took to social media to share their views.

"Lola organising a birthday party for Billy, after overhearing him tell Honey he doesn’t want to celebrate getting older when Lola’s dying is heartbreaking. Especially as it’ll be the last one together," wrote one fan.

A second soon shared their thoughts as they added: "This scene between Lola & Billy is making teary."

With a third soon commenting: "I know Lola means well but I don't think Billy will approve of a surprise party right now given how emotional he is. He's still trying to come to terms with losing Lola"

A fourth then commented: "Lola and everyone going what she’s going through in reality are inspirations and they should all know that."


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