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Callum Highway (played by Tony Clay) and Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) have never had the most conventional of relationships on EastEnders, despite now being married. From affairs to family loyalties and life or death ordeals, it seems the couple have been put through just about everything over the past three years. However, as they hit yet another hurdle in their relationship, polyamory could be put on the table as a way of saving their romance on the BBC soap.
Over the last couple of months, both men have become insecure about their relationship, with Callum having learnt how many men his husband has slept with in the past.
The beloved character was taken aback and when it seemed he had been flirting with a man in the Prince Albert gay bar, Ben was unsettled.
This led the men to have a conversation about what the future held for them and they agreed to be open and honest with each other.
In upcoming scenes, however, they are both put in a precarious situation when it seems they could add some spice to their antics in the bedroom.
Next week, they will both eye up an attractive man in the market, clearly both interested in who the stranger is and whether he is gay.
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It’s not long before they see him again as he enjoys a drink in the Prince Albert and Callum takes the opportunity to ask him over.
As the three men get to know each other, one thing leads to another and before they know it, the conversation has taken a very different turn.
The newcomer could suggest the three of them spend the night together and get to know each other a bit more intimately.
Both interested in the stranger, Callum and Ben could agree and the next morning, they could realise they both want to see him again.
They could take his phone number before sitting down and having a conversation about bout being interested in the handsome newcomer.
I think they’re relatable
This could give them the idea to explore polyamory, whereby all three of the men would be in a relationship with each other.
Ben and Callum go both enjoy time with their boyfriend, as well as making time for each other without the stranger.
A polyamorous relationship has never been explored on the show before, so this would be groundbreaking for the soap.
Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) has mentioned it previously when she tried to persuade her partner at the time, Max Branning (Jake Wood) to add someone else to their relationship.
He didn’t take too well to the idea and fundamentally, the pair broke up and went their separate ways.
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Could the same thing happen to Callum and Ben as they realise they are both falling for the newcomer more than the stranger?
As they both spend time with him, they could begin to miss him more than they do each other and they would need to have another conversation about their future.
This could lead to a split as they decide they want to date the newcomer without having their own romance at the same time.
However, once the fun of the relationship with the stranger runs dry, they could start missing one another again.
Will they regret breaking up for the sake of a man or will they take the chance to explore their sex life separately?
Head of Continuing Drama at the BBC, Kate Oates, explained why she decided to put the two men together in the first place.
The boss of the show said: “In terms of Callum’s struggle with his sexuality, no that wasn’t on the cards when I arrived.
“In fact, on the cards was Halfway and Whitney [Dean] trying for a baby — and that being the struggle — and I just didn’t believe it as much as I might’ve done because the dynamic of the relationship — it felt really strange.
“The relationship felt so new and they felt so young, I didn’t really know why they’d want to drive their lives in that direction.
“Callum just felt like such a blank canvas. There were lots of unanswered questions, which is what Tony [Clay] and I talked about when we first had a conversation,” she explained in an interview with Metro.co.uk.
The actor who plays Callum, Tony, has also expressed his thoughts on why he thinks the pair are a popular couple.
“It’s two working-class boys who have found each other. It was very important not to do something very stereotypical that’s been done before over the years – it’s a really lovely thing to play the truth as an actor.
“I think they’re relatable to a lot of people, granted some of the things they get involved with is a bit extreme, but at its core, it’s two people coming from similar backgrounds who’ve found love in this mad world.
“I think they’re quite exciting as well – there’s a lot to them as characters and you never know where the relationship is going to go next,” he told Metro.co.uk.
But will the pair be able to stand the test of time?
EastEnders continues Tuesday at 7:30pm on BBC One.
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