EastEnders legend makes emotional return to soap ahead of Lolas heartbreaking death

Tragic Lola Pearce got a special reunion with an EastEnders legend who returned for a final chat ahead of her heartbreaking death.

In Thursday's episode, viewers saw Patrick Trueman (played by Rudolph Walker) make an unexpected appearance on a video call as Lola enjoyed a mocked-up Ladies' Day at home.

Lola, played by Danielle Harold, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and after doctors told her they were stopping treatment as attempts to remove it hadn't worked, she is facing death – with the devastating scenes due to air next week on the BBC One soap.

Despite the bleak outlook, Lola has been determined to make the most of her final days with her loved ones, and Jay, her family and friends have all been pitching in to create some special memories.

On Thursday, Lola was too ill to attend Ladies' Day so they rallied round to create a virtual event at home, with everyone dressed in posh racing outfits and Lola getting into the spirit by donning an orange fascinator.

Rocky stepped up as commentator, but when Lola became suspicious that she was winning every bet, he revealed the sweet trick he'd played – although she thought they were watching the horses live, it was actually an old race with Patrick on a video call telling Rocky who'd won.

He passed the phone to Lola, who looked thrilled to speak to Patrick and said: "I wish you were here Patrick."

Patrick gave the emotional reply: "So do I. This should be somebody else, someone more my age, and not you."

Fans were just as pleased to see him back, as one tweeted: "It’s probably hormonal related… but Patrick doing that for Lola and showing him on the video made me teary ok."

Someone else added: "Patrick!! I’m glad he’s gonna get one last moment with Lola before she dies next week."

Patrick left Walford in March, deciding to go in search of his ex Yolande who left for Birmingham in 2008.

Lola's final scenes are expected to air on Wednesday, 31 May and are set to be a tearjerking watch as her loved ones gather around her to say goodbye.


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