EASTENDERS viewers have seen Neil and his far-right gang terrorise Walford in recent weeks.
But after setting their sights on Keegan, the group led a homophobic attack on other characters which left Callum hurt and Ben traumatised.
After their wedding in May 2021, the couple have gone through their share of rough patches with Callum often feeling insecure about his husband's past relationships.
With the return of one of Ben's former flames and Callum's flirty connection with a stranger on a night out, it has become clear that the lovebirds are out of the honeymoon phase.
Unfortunately, the pair are set for a traumatic start to the new year.
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Tuesday's (January 4) episode of EastEnders saw Ben (Max Bowden) suggest to Callum (Tony Clay) they go out for an evening.
Overhearing their conversation, newcomer Eve (Heather Peace) invited herself along with Stacey (Lacey Turner).
The group then spotted Ash (Gurlaine Kaur Garcha) near the tube station who decided to join them in the hopes of avoiding her mother Suki who planned on staying in for the evening.
Neil and his friends arriving announced the start of trouble as the group called them "queers".
While Ash was knocked unconscious and Stacey tending to her, Eve attempted to fight back.
Frozen with fear, Ben could only watch helplessly as Callum was beaten multiple times.
Awash with guilt and traumatised by the horrific attack, Ben refuses to open up about his feelings, despite Callum's best attempts.
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Callum notably reaches out to Ben's father Phil, asking him to give Ben a break. A gesture the latter is not impressed with.
But in a new episode of the long-running drama, set to air on Thursday, January 13, Ben finally opens up.
When Callum desperately tries to get through to his husband, he is only pushed away.
Pam Coker's return to Walford is the only thing able to encourage Ben to let his guard down.
Hearing about the attack, Pam decided to pay him a visit and Ben breaks down as she comforts him.
But while a distraught Ben confides in Pam, leaving Callum hoping that he will do the same with him, he misses a meeting with Phil, leaving him fuming.
Will Pam's allow Ben to heal from the trauma of the homophobic attack?
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