EastEnders: Jake Wood on the “shocking, unpredictable and dramatic” twists at Max’s trial

The jury reaches its verdict in next week's episodes of the BBC1 soap

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Next week’s episodes of EastEnders will see the day of judgement dawn for Max in court – but will he be convicted for a murder he didn’t commit or will justice prevail?

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Those who know the truth are desperate to do everything they can to get Max freed, even if it means breaking the law, but is everything all that is seems? With the pressure building, Max makes a rash decision that could affect everything…

One thing’s for certain – with tensions running high, the ramifications of Max’s actions run far and wide leading to yet more drama for the Beales, Brannings and Butchers…

Here’s more about what lies ahead from the man at the centre of the drama, actor Jake Wood:

So how is Max feeling as the jury prepares to deliver its verdict?
He’s very nervous. He’s innocent and didn’t kill Lucy and wants everyone to know that. He’s so nervous and is just hoping that everything turns out OK.

And how does he feel towards his daughters Lauren and Abi at this point?
He still loves them a lot. He thinks Abi is very confused. She’s involved with the Mitchells, which is hard. But overall, he still loves both of them – they’re his daughters. He’s hoping things will all turn out for the best.

What’s his reaction to Jane’s surprise testimony?
I think he’s very confused at that point. He doesn’t know why Jane is saying what she’s saying. He also doesn’t know what Jane’s motives are in saying what she does. He’s just very confused and wants to know what’s going on. He feels a little bit out of control. He’s inside and it seems like he can’t control anything. Everything is happening in the Square away from him. So he’s very frustrated and confused.

What can you tell us about the rash decision Max makes that could affect everything?
Max just cracks. He doesn’t think about the consequences or how it could affect things. It’s very dramatic and there are lots of surprises.

He turns to Stacey for help, why does he do this?
Stacey and Max have always had a connection and they have a lot of shared history. Despite everything between them, there’s a friendship there and he thinks he can trust Stacey. He hopes she’ll actually believe him when he tells her he didn’t have anything to do with Lucy’s murder and that he’s innocent. There’s a lot of people against Max at the moment – a lot of people think he’s guilty and that’s not the case.

How will Max cope if he is sent to jail?
Max is a survivor and he would be okay, but it’s definitely out of his depth. He’s innocent and he’s there for the wrong reasons. Initially, he would probably struggle in jail but he would learn to cope if he’s found guilty.


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If he gets off, what sort of future do you think awaits him?
I hope he could get back to having a good relationship with his daughters and get back on his feet. He’s lost everything – he’s lost his house, the car lot and he’s got nothing to his name. He would have to start again and rebuild from the bottom. I’d like to see him get back on his feet. 

How would he react if he found out the truth about Bobby?
He’d be shocked. He’d be relieved though because it would mean he’d get off the hook. If he found out, I think he’d just go straight to the police and tell them the truth.

What if he found out Lauren knew the truth?
If he found out that any his family knew I think he’d be very upset. Mainly that they let him go through everything and didn’t speak up to try and help him.

Would he understand why the Beales have been protecting Bobby?
Yeah he would, but at the same time, I don’t think he would really worry about that. He’d just go straight to the police and tell them. 

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Can you tease the trial in three words?
Shocking, unpredictable and dramatic.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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