We think it’s going to take us a bit of time to get over last night’s EastEnders.
Why’s this? Because 22 years after making her debut as Peggy Mitchell, show legend Barbara Windsor left our screens forever. Waaah :(.
In poignant scenes, the much-loved character was seen taking an overdose of pills, having recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
After the credits rolled, the camera panned to an empty glass of water, an empty bottle of tablets and an envelope addressed to her son Phil (Steve McFadden).
Understandably, this prompted an incredibly emotional reaction. Tweets included: ‘Am actually crying my eyes out at eastenders omg,’ and: ‘A heartbreaking episode, but a perfect ending for a legendary character [sic].’
But before Peggy’s final act, we were treated to one very nostalgic surprise. Because Peggy’s old frenemy PAT BUTCHER returned! In ghost form, no less.
Yep. Pam St Clement – who left the soap back in 2012 – made a guest appearance as a hallucination, helping Peggy through her final moments.
Peggy was seen telling her: ‘I’m being eaten alive and it hurts and I can’t wait.
‘I don’t want that to be me, I don’t want to be that little old lady in the bed, with people saying: “Remember her? Peggy Mitchell? She’s all skin and bones.”‘
She added: ‘I will go as I have lived. Straight back, head high, like a queen.’
Referring to Pat as ‘Ghost Of Christmas Pat’ (high five to whoever thought that one up), thousands of messages from impressed fans flooded in.
One wrote: ‘Very nice touch for her bestie Pat Butcher to come back #EastEnders,’ while another said: ‘That was some emotional scene with Pat and Peggy.’
*Sobs*. RIP Peggy, we’re gonna miss you.