EastEnders has given a strong hint that there is more to Max Branning’s return than meets the eye.
As fans of the BBC1 soap know, Max made his Walford comeback on Christmas Day, claiming to have put his troubled past behind him.
Viewers saw Max forgive Jane and Ian for putting him behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. And then came the moment where he appeared to absolve Phil for bribing a juror at his trial.
But later on, Max was seen self-harming; stubbing a cigarette out on his arm, with already present burns suggesting that this wasn’t the first time he’d done so.
Now, storyline notes provided for next week’s episodes hint at further revelations being on the horizon. Scenes to be shown on Thursday 26 January will see Max ostensibly trying to settle back into normal life. But then comes the question: ‘is all as it seems’?
All of which leads us to think that new surprises could be on their way. So is Max really planning revenge? Or will a family member find out about his secrets?
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