Max Branning will get passionate with Carmel Kazemi in next week's episodes of EastEnders - but what's his hidden reason for getting close to her?

As fans of the soap know, Max is under orders to get close to his council insider as he and the Weyland chairman bid to take over the Square.

But despite Carmel catching Max reading her council planning files, he still seems to get what he needs from the documents.

Handily for Max, it also looks as though Carmel is in need of emotional support, having unexpectedly received divorce papers from estranged husband Umar. 

With Max once again turning on the charm, it isn't long before he and Carmel are sharing another romantic meal together - and it isn't long before they're heading to a hotel room, where one thing leads to another.

But we can't help but ask: is Max more interested in the pillow talk? And will Carmel end up spilling council secrets while between the sheets?

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