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Max Branning (played by Jake Wood) was partly responsible for the death of his daughter Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald) when she and Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) tried to save him from taking his own life back in 2018 on EastEnders. Lauren was able to get over her injuries, but Abi was killed. However Max never really grieved the death of his daughter, and it seems in upcoming scenes, he could be forced to face up to harsh realities as she returns.
When EastEnders does return, there are many storylines that are ready to hit their peak.
But, not only has Max Branning star Jake Wood hinted at more devastation, fans think they have worked out what is to come for the Branning businessman.
“Is it just me who thinks EastEnders don’t really tend to explore grief, in the long term?” One viewer recently pointed out on the Digital Spy Forum.
“There’s so many characters on the Square with dead children and partners but they barely even mention them.
“Obviously life goes on and stuff, but it’s weird how they barely mention birthdays etc.”
“For example – it feels like Max never even properly grieved for Abi.
“Even the recent Sharon scenes over Denny‘s death seemed very short-lived after a month.
“Would love to see a story where the grief comes back to a character, as it does happen in real life and people can take a long time to feel themselves again.” the viewer added.
And another said: “The follow up to Abi’s death (or rather the total lack of) is appalling.”
It would make sense for Max to be confronted by the ghost of his daughter, having not grieved her death properly, but what form will it come in?
In a spoiler clip on a recent episode of Secrets from the Square with Stacey Dooley, Max is going to discover he has been well and truly done over by Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt).
With all of his savings in Walford East, he will come to realise Ian has used his money for something else.
But, if Max were to be left with absolutely nothing, he may be forced to confront his past.
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If he were to fall back into the deep depression that led to the attempt on his own life, he could come face to face with his daughter.
Not only this, as Max agrees to Rainie Cross’ (Tanya Franks) request for a divorce, he is adamant Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ) won’t be taking care of baby Abi Jr.
But, as Max and Rainie get closer to finalising their divorce, the grandfather could take drastic action to look after Abi Jr.
It won’t take long before Max is confronted by ideas of how Abi would have wanted her daughter to be raised.
Can he look after his granddaughter if he is busy feuding with Rainie and Stuart?
“Max has got embroiled in a very unpleasant situation when the show returns and in a completely different situation, something very surprising and unexpected is going to happen.
“It’s been really busy but it’s great stuff, they’re great scripts and true to form.
“It’s definitely Max Branning doing what Max Branning does.
“The viewers will be pleased to see him back getting up to his old shenanigans.” The actor explained during Secrets from the Square.
Will Max be able to pull himself together for the sake of his and Abi Jr’s future?
EastEnders Secrets from the Square airs on BBC One Mondays at 8pm.
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