EastEnders star Jake Wood has teased the “murderous, psychotic bender” that Max Branning will go on at Christmas.
The scheming businessman’s original revenge plan was left in tatters when James Willmott-Brown turned on him and left him without a penny from the Walford resident he had scammed.
So now, faced with absolute ruin and with even his family having turned their backs on him, Max has only one option – murder.
“Max goes on a murderous, psychotic bender – but it’s just another day at work, really,” actor Jake told The Sun.
“It is all coming to a head and hopefully, in years to come, it will be seen as one of the best and most iconic Christmas episodes ever.”
Viewers have seen Max be exposed for his scheming by Charlie Cotton, forcing his brother Jack to kick him out onto the streets.
And now Max has decided to try and kill both Ian Beale and Phil Mitchell for their parts of framing him for Lucy Beale’s murder.
Jake previously said: “When I was reading the Christmas scripts the only way I could make sense of what Max was doing was that he was having a psychotic episode.
“He’s reached pretty much rock bottom and he’s a dangerous man, because he has convinced himself that he has absolutely nothing to lose.
“To my mind, this is Max at his lowest ebb — and he’s capable of murder, 100 per cent.”
Could this Christmas see the end of Ian Beale? It’s not sounding good for him.