guilty Max Manipulated & Murdered?
REVENGE-OBSESSED MAX DOES HAVE A CONSCIENCE AND HE TAKES ON WILLMOTT-BROWN AND FAMILY TO PROTECT CARMEL! BUT WILL HE PAY DEARLY FOR HIS DEFIANCE?
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Max Branning left Jane Beale to die in the restaurant fire that nearly claimed her life. He was there when she woke in hospital, too, and he warned her to keep quiet about his involvement in the blaze that ended with Steven Beale dying.
Then malicious Max continued to pile pressure on the beleaguered mum and, following a visit to see his evil boss, James Willmott-brown, Max issued her with a final warning.
A terrified Jane reacted by telling husband Ian their marriage was over and she planned to leave Walford on her own. Ian was devastated, while Max was left doubting everything when Jane questioned his motives.
But did Max also kill Jane to finish off the job he started in the blaze and ensure she’d never be in a position to expose his schemes again?
We’re not allowed to say what fate’s befallen Jane. We are told ‘a guilty Max struggles with his conscience’ following the shock events of the previous week. But he’s soon back to being bad. ‘Secret lover Fi Browning puts the pressure on Max and he manipulates girlfriend and council worker Carmel Kazemi,’ says our Eastenders insider. ‘His goal is to wheedle some insider information on sealed council bids out of poor, clueless Carmel.’
But it seems guilt starts to eat away at Max, because he later tells Carmel that he no longer needs her help getting the secret documents. Then, the following day, it seems there’s cause for concern about Max’s behaviour at Weyland & Co.
‘Luke Browning shares his fears about Max’s change of heart with his dad, Willmott-brown,’ says our source. ‘That puts Fi under pressure to ensure Max delivers on the sealed council bids, so she approaches him to find out what’s going on.’
Fi learns Max is wavering over their scheme and he’s about to dump Carmel, so she tries to get him to change his mind. But Max wants to protect the crystal-loving Kazemi and he heads to No.41 to see her.
We’re guessing an attempted heart-to-heart chat where Max tries to explain how the pressures of work are affecting him doesn’t quite go to plan. And when Carmel falls asleep, Max opens up her laptop to find what he needs. Then he calls Willmottbrown and demands a meeting to sort things out once and for all…
Our insider adds: ‘Max arrives at the meeting and he doesn’t waste any time. He tells the former jailed rapist it’s over as he doesn’t want Carmel getting caught up in their battles.
‘When the meeting is done, Fi’s secretly delighted Max has stood up to her dad. And when Max goes to fetch his things from Carmel’s place, Fi arrives and passionately shows him just how impressed she is!’
We reckon Max’s involvement in this shady scheme is far from over. Both he and Fi are later summoned to another meeting by Willmott-brown, who confronts them about their clandestine romance. And we’re guessing he’s not happy! Max may be a master manipulator. But we think he’s about to meet his match in his creepy boss, who needs the bad Branning onside. After all, Max could easily blow his plans wide open by revealing what he knows.
So how far would Willmott-brown go to ensure Max plays ball and helps him destroy the Square? And, more importantly for Max, how far would Willmott-brown go to ensure Max stays silent if he decides he’s out of Weyland & Co’s plot for good?
Will threats be made to Max’s family? Or could he be in the firing line himself and meet his maker?
It is Halloween, after all, and Enders loves a sinister and scary story…