EastEnders' New Years Eve bomb plot fails as Harvey intervenes

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EastEnders' New Years Eve bomb plot fails as Harvey intervenes

EastEnders spoilers follow.

EastEnders has revealed that the extreme right-wing group's New Year's Eve bomb plot failed due to last-minute intervention from Harvey Monroe.

The soap had left viewers on a gripping cliffhanger as Aaron confessed to his father Harvey that right-wing group leader Neil had planted a bomb in Walford.

Friday's (December 31) episode opened up with the revelation that Dana had gone to The Albert in spite of Aaron's warning to stay away on New Year's Eve.

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Photo credit: BBC

While Dana and Bobby Beale were sharing a New Year's kiss, Harvey was desperately trying to get Dana's brother Aaron to tell him where the bomb had been planted.

Aaron tried to argue the bomb was actually continuing the things Harvey had taught him growing up, but Harvey insisted he wasn't a racist and what the right-wing group were doing isn't right.

"You're better than this," Harvey told his son.

Aaron tried to leave the house, but Harvey physically stopped him, threw him into one of the bedrooms and padlocked the door so he couldn't leave.

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With only minutes to go before midnight, Harvey let Aaron out of the room in a last-ditch effort to try to get him to reveal the location of the bomb.

"Why is your sister such a beautiful soul, and you so full of hate?" Harvey desperately asked.

It's when Harvey mentioned Dana is out "celebrating life" at The Albert that Aaron panicked and ordered his father to rush over to the club and drag Dana out before the bomb exploded.

"No," Harvey told him. "If you do this, you're taking your sister's life."

At the last second, Aaron dropped the trigger, meaning that the bomb didn't go off at 12am as it was supposed to. Crying Aaron fell into his father's arms, as Harvey commended him for not going through with it.

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The following morning, a police SWAT team had swarmed into the Square and they were able to harmlessly detonate the bomb in the Argee Bhajee without anyone getting hurt.

However, the terror of what could have happened if the bomb had gone off wasn't lost on Dana, Bobby, Ben Mitchell or Kathy Beale — and they soon realised it could have been planted in opposition to the mosque.

Because the bomb had been reported, Harvey and Aaron were both left worrying about whether the plot could be linked back to the Monroes.

While Harvey was at work, a furious Neil turned up at the Monroe house but Aaron lied to him that he'd pressed the button and the bomb didn't work.

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Photo credit: BBC

However, Harvey interrupted the conversation, and once Neil made a quick exit to avoid implicating himself, it was revealed that Aaron had been the one to call in the bomb to police after all.

This storyline is far from over, as Bobby Beale gets involved in investigating the right-wing group in the New Year and his findings could put him in danger.

EastEnders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One.

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EastEnders has worked with Exit UK, a non-profit network of former far-right members offering help to those who want to leave far-right groups, on Aaron's storyline. If you're concerned about someone who's expressing extremist or hateful views then ACT Early has further information.

If you've been affected by racism and racist hate crime, then organisations including the Equality and Advisory Support Service (EASS), the Monitoring Group, Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) and Stop Hate UK are among those which can offer help and support.

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