The following article contains spoilers from Thursday night’s (August 24) part one EastEnders episode, which has NOT yet aired on TV, but can be viewed on BBC iPlayer.
It was only a matter of time before Peter Beale’s (Thomas Law) return to Albert Square would see him come face to face with sworn enemy Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden), and that reunion went about as well as we would have expected.
Viewers will know that Peter left the Square after learning that Ben had been the one to attack him and leave him for dead.
If that wasn’t bad enough, grandmother Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) took Ben’s side, and urged Peter not to go to the police.
After a big family row, Peter went back on his word and had Ben arrested, leading Kathy to disown him.
It was then that he left Walford, taking Kathy’s savings with him, and declared that the Beale’s were no longer his family.
Now, having learnt that he has two sisters living in Albert Square, Peter has returned, and it seems that making amends with Ben isn’t his top priority.
After entering the Queen Vic with husband Callum Highway (Tony Clay), Ben was shocked to see Peter sitting at the bar, bold as brass.
It wasn’t long before the pair were sniping at each other, with Ben asking if Peter was only back because he knew Kathy was away.
Peter retorted by asking if they ever caught the ‘lowlife’ that had been beating people up, which clearly touched a nerve with Ben, who as quick to lash out.
Luckily, George Knight (Colin Salmon) stepped in to put a stop to things, and demanded that they take their fight outside.
Later, it became clear that their run in was still playing on Ben’s mind, when he chatted to Callum ahead of his first support group session.
Ben had agreed to attend a survivors support group after opening up to Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) about how much he was struggling after being raped by Lewis Butler.
However, following his run-in with Peter, he was having second thoughts about going.
He explained to Callum that he had imagined himself hitting Peter over the head with one of his tools from the garage and watching him bleed out, and felt as though he couldn’t go to the support group and ‘tell them he’s come through the other side’ when he was having thoughts like this.
Callum pointed out that he could explain it in the same way he just had, and point out that he hadn’t acted on the thoughts he’d had.
With Ben clearly wanting to move on, will he and Peter ever manage to bury the hatchet?