Is Max Branning about to get his hands on the Queen Vic by taking advantage of Shirley's misfortune?

Tonight's episode of EastEnders just saw Max reach out to a financially ruined Shirley when he advised her to sell the freehold of the Walford boozer.

With Shirley having originally gone into partnership with both Mick and Linda, it remains to be seen whether she'll go ahead with the plan and convince her family to let go of the pub.

The trouble is, of course, that Max's intentions aren't exactly benign: as fans know, he now appears to be in the pay of property developer with plans to raze the Square to the ground.

So by potentially releasing her grip on the Vic, could Shirley be sealing the iconic pub's fate? All we can say at the moment about next week's episodes is that Shirley will come up with a solution the Carters' cash crisis after discussing her options with Woody.

But as her nearest and dearest reel from the bombshell news, can they convince her to change her mind?

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