Ben kills Callum’s evil dad Jonno? New EastEnders pictures tease showdown

Has Jonno found out about his son's secret fling with Mr Mitchell?

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EastEnders has released new pictures of a violent confrontation between Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and newcomer Jonno Highway (Richard Graham), estranged dad to Callum Highway (Tony Clay) and Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ).

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In scenes airing on BBC1 on Thursday 4th July, cocky Ben deliberately antagonises Jonno, who made his debut earlier this week when he had a fractious family reunion with his sons having been summoned to meet Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) who is set to tie the knot with Callum.

Jonno didn’t exactly make a good first impression on the locals on Monday 1st July when he angered alpha male father and son Ben and Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) with homophobic comments about the upcoming Walford Pride event. Phil soon put him in his place, but in Thursday’s episode there’s more aggro in store when Callum goes for a drink with his dad and they cross paths with Ben again.

Of course, Jonno has no idea his son is in the closet and has slept with Ben, and Callum’s conquest can’t resist another dig at the Highway patriarch leading to a fight breaking out between the men in the gents’ loos. Is this the moment Ben tells Jonno the truth about his offspring’s sexuality?

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The images just released show Ben getting the upper hand over nasty Jonno which leaves him seething, and he flees the Vic shortly after the encounter.

Later, during a heart-to-heart about abusive Jonno, Ben shares a tender, supportive moment with Callum and gives him a kiss on the cheek – not realising it’s been witnessed by Stuart

As Stuart prepares to confront his brother on Friday 5th July the Ballum affair threatens to be exposed, but what of Jonno after his altercation with volatile Ben?

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