EastEnders: “Max needs to be redeemed if he’s to stay in the show,” says Jake Wood

The actor also teases this year's intense Christmas storyline

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Actor Jake Wood has said that his character Max Branning needs to rehabilitated if he’s to have a future on EastEnders.

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Max has recently been exposed as having betrayed his family and friends after seeking revenge for his wrongful imprisonment for the crime of killing Lucy Beale.

And the situation looks set to intensify over the festive season as Max makes plans to murder both Ian Beale and Phil Mitchell.

But speaking about Max’s long-term future, Wood told Radio Times: “Everyone is aware he needs to be redeemed if he’s to stay in the show. I never thought he was irredeemable.”

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As to what fans of the BBC1 soap can expect to see over Christmas, Wood revealed: “This Christmas is the best I’ll have had since 2007 [the revelation of Max and Stacey’s affair].

“It’s non-stop action. Max is consumed by revenge. He wants to kill Ian and Phil and everyone who’s wronged him. And in his mind, he’s justified – but he takes it too far.”

Read the full interview in the Christmas and New Year edition of Radio Times

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