Max has committed a lot of evil acts since being released from prison but actor Jake Wood reckons that there is always a chance for the character to be redeemed as he has reminded viewers of the root of Max’s actions.
Max has been on a hungry quest for revenge over the fact he was framed for Lucy Beale’s murder and this has led to him turning on all of those who stood by and allowed him to be jailed – including Ian, Jane, Jack, Lauren and Abi as well as the Albert Square community as a whole.
With Max having caused Steven’s death, blackmailed Jane out of the picture and engineered it for Jack to lose Matthew to Charlie Cotton, fans have wondered if the villain’s tenure in the show would soon be up, fearing that he can’t be redeemed.
But Jake reckons that anything is possible – if Max survives the catastrophic Christmas events ahead that is!
He told Metro.co.uk: ‘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.
‘All throughout the year of playing this storyline, I never felt that Max was irredeemable.’
As is ever the case with EastEnders, there are big twists ahead and Christmas Day will see the Brannings torn apart forever. And whether the actions of Max are redeemable or not, the consequences are set to be huge – and it may well be too late for anything to be fixed as life changes forever.
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