EastEnders spoilers: Jake Wood reveals details as Max Branning prepares to kill Ian Beale
Ian Beale is in for a world of pain in EastEnders as an unhinged Max Branning finally unleashes his furious revenge upon the man he feels wronged him. Max has been simmering with rage since being framed for the murder of Lucy and ever since he arrived back in Walford, he has been secretly targeting Ian.
With nothing left to lose, Max is a man on the edge and a confrontation with Ian turns extremely nasty – with Max bitterly telling his nemesis that he is going to kill him before then making his move.
And actor Jake Wood, who plays him, can see where Max’s anger is coming from – though warns that his alter ego goes way too far.
Speaking about the showdown, he told Metro.co.uk: ‘This whole episode is in my mind Max having a psychotic episode. That’s the only way I could look at it. They’re great, they’re amazing episodes, they’re really well written. But I could only ever see it as it comes from such pain about what has happened to him.
‘If you look at the reason why Max is doing that, he was sentenced for 20 years for something he didn’t do, in a community where a lot of people knew what was happening and that he was set up. I don’t think Max is inherently bad, I think he’s very troubled, he’s had a horrible time in prison and we’ll find out more about that in the next few weeks and over Christmas, so yeah, he’s a man who has been abandoned by a lot of people, and he has a lot of anger towards people and probably doesn’t know how best to go about dealing with it.’
As for whether Ian is saved from Max’s clutches, it remains to be seen. But things get even darker still for the Brannings as a Christmas Day episode sees a catastrophic series of events rip through the heart of the family, triggering exits for Lauren and Abi.
Can Max come out of this situation in one piece or is it all over?
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