EastEnders fans have expressed their fears that Ben Mitchell will be killed off.
The long-time character returned to Albert Square this summer and has since taken a number of beatings.
And earlier this week he once again ended up in a physical altercation – this time with Martin Fowler.
Since returning earlier this year, the character, played by actor Max Bowden, has been beaten up several times – once when he was attacked by Stuart Highway, before being beaten by two men he aggravated in a club and then got in a fight with boyfriend Callum Highway.
But this week’s fight with Martin Fowler has left viewers concerned for his safely, after many believed it was so vicious that it could have a long-term impact on him.
Ben was beaten by Martin after he wound him up by blackmailing him over the attack on his dad earlier this year.
After threatening to tell the police about him, Martin was so aggravated that he gave Ben a number of severe punches.
Martin then threatened him but Ben continued to aggravate the character.
Viewers took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the episode, with many concerned for Ben’s safety.
Some even asked for the attacks on Ben to come to an end, as they thought that they were getting a bit too much and would end up in the character leaving the show.
However there were those who mocked the character, wondering how many more altercations he is set to find himself in.
‘At this rate Ben Mitchell is gonna die from bleeding on the brain,’ wrote one viewer, ‘he literally gets punches once an episode these days.’
‘How many more punches to the head can he realistically take before the trauma kills him?’ added another.
While another agreed, ‘If they ever need to get rid of Ben Mitchell he can just die at any time from untreated brain trauma.’
Another wrote, ‘Ben’s been beaten up more times than he’s been recast.