Spoilers: EastEnders exit storyline confirmed for Max?

It was announced recently that actor Jake Wood will be leaving EastEnders after playing the role of Max Branning for 15 years. The announcement came as a shock to many viewers and rightly so!

Max has been a part of some of the most memorable storylines in EastEnders history, so learning it would soon be time to say goodbye to such an iconic character was bound to have come as a bit of a surprise.

Before EastEnders went off air, Max had given his share of the restaurant to Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) in order to prevent Rainie Cross (Tanya Franks) from getting it in the divorce. Since we returned to Walford, Max has started a bit of a feud with Ian, as he continues to pester the businessman into giving him back his money (the problem being of course that Ian doesn’t have his money after buying the Queen Vic).

The news of Jake’s exit has certainly got us thinking about what his final storyline will be, and plenty of rumours have also started to speculate on whether his final scenes will involve something dramatic, a return of an old character, or whether he’ll just bow out gracefully.

We’ve put together all of the theories on his last storyline, have dusted off our deerstalker hat (accompanied with trench coat this time, it’s freezing!), and have brought you all possibilities on the way Max Branning will wave goodbye to Walford, and the likelihood of each storyline going ahead:

Max attacks Ian

Let’s get the big one out of the way first. It only takes a small Twitter search and you will find countless tweets from people talking about a big conclusion to Max and Ian’s feud in the form of Max attacking his business partner.

We know Adam Woodyatt is also set to leave the show for ten weeks, and after a recent episode where Max told Linda (Kellie Bright) ‘sometimes, it feels like that geezer is desperate for me to kill him’, could this be foreshadowing future events

We know that Max and Ian have history of being enemies (need we remind you of the scene where Max tried to kill Ian by strangling him with some Christmas lights…ah festive cheer!), and Max now knows Ian has lost his money, so this could well be the thing that pushes him over the edge.

Past revenge plans from Max have taught us that he can go to extreme lengths to destroy the person that crossed him, so after that dark threat (literally, the power was off) in the barrel room from Max, Ian better be prepared! Someone better hide those Christmas lights…

Chances of this storyline going ahead: High

On the run

There are two possible reasons on why this storyline could go ahead: Max attacks Ian and goes on the run after he fails to pay back his money, or he commits another crime that means he’ll have to leave Walford to prevent going to prison.

Jack (Scott Maslen) and his children remain the only other Brannings in Albert Square, so if Max attacks Ian and has to go on the run, he wouldn’t necessarily have to worry about family ties – Jack can definitely manage without his brother, and if it came down to it, we’re sure Max would give Jack baby Abi to look after if it meant she was safer.

Oh, let’s not forget to add Stacey (Lacey Turner) into the mix here. She’s barely been back in Albert Square five minutes and already things are a little frosty between her and her friends and family. Jean (Gillian Wright) hasn’t forgiven Stacey for not being there when she went through her cancer battle and grievance for Daniel Cook (Ade Edmondson), and there is that small matter of Stacey stealing Ruby’s (Louisa Lytton) money.

After Ruby told Stacey she would go to the police if she didn’t pay her the money back, could this be hinting at Stacey’s departure too?

We know Lacey will be set to leave the soap again soon after she announced her second pregnancy, so her final scenes could well be in the form of going on the run with Max, as they both attempt to escape the crimes they’ve committed. Or maybe they won’t go at the same time? We could see Max exit, and Stacey follow.

The two of them have a bit of an unbreakable bond after all, it would make sense that if they both went on the run, they’d do it together.

Chances of the storyline going ahead: High

Prison

If Max attacked Ian, and his plan to go on the run failed, we are certain Ian would ensure he goes to prison and depending on the severity of the attack, perhaps Max would be arrested on suspicion of attempted murder? History would be repeating itself after Max was arrested and went to prison during the ‘Who Killed Lucy’ storyline, and aside from the court scenes, sending Max to prison would also mean he wouldn’t need to be on screen for a very long time.

Or maybe he goes to prison for a different crime? We know right now Max is short on money, perhaps a scheme that goes wrong could be the reason he’s put behind bars?

Chances of the storyline going ahead: High

Homelessness

We think an interesting way for Max to depart from Albert Square would be for him to become homeless. The theory works, trust us! Max could plan to move out of Walford, ready to start a new life elsewhere with a new business venture, he would say goodbye to Jack, baby Abi and the Square…and in reality, it turns out to be a complete lie and he actually has nowhere to go, and will spend life homeless living on the streets of London. It would be a sad way for Max to go after so long, but he’s also lost a lot in fifteen years, and the way things are going for him now, it could well lead to him losing absolutely everything.

Chances of the storyline going ahead: Medium

Starts a new life elsewhere

An easy way for Max to depart would be to just start a new life elsewhere. We recently heard him talking about how he planned to take Abi to see Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) and Louie, so could this be foreshadowing how he will plan to leave? Or maybe he will plan to move somewhere else and start his life again?

The issue with this theory is that Max doesn’t have a lot of money, so if his final scenes do play out in this way, he’d either have to leave Walford with no money, borrowed money, or maybe he’ll steal Ian’s remaining money?

Ian’s a man with many businesses, so despite his struggles when it comes to the pub, perhaps he’s got enough for Max to steal.

But could it really be a case of Max just moving on? This is Max Branning we’re talking about here; drama just follows this man wherever he goes, so can it really be as simple as just moving on?

Chances of the storyline going ahead: Low

A return of an old face

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EastEnders boss Kate Oates confirmed that a past character will be returning to the Square this Christmas, and while we don’t know who the character will be, we’re starting to wonder whether the return will coincide with Max’s exit. Or, if Max is leaving earlier, could we have two returning characters on our hands? There is always a hope that Jane Beale (Laurie Brett) will return after Max made her leave during his revenge storyline – what if Jane returns and roles are reversed, and she’s planned to get back at Max?

Chances of the storyline going ahead: Medium

An affair

Max has had more affairs, girlfriends, and wives than we’ve had hot dinners! We’re not going to list all of his relationship interests (by the time we would’ve finished Max would’ve been long gone), but could Max’s departure tie in with another affair? We recently spoke about upcoming scenes with him and Linda and the possibility that an affair between the two of them could be on the way…and if Mick (Danny Dyer) finds out in time, Max could be the one running scared from the Square…no one messes with Mick!

Chances of this storyline going ahead: Low

Max has spent fifteen years in Albert Square and what a journey it’s been for him. So many good memories, and so many bad…his affair reveal with Stacey Slater is one of the most iconic moments in the show’s history, he’s watched three of his children fall from the Queen Vic roof, he’s been buried alive…the list goes on! Whatever his exit turns out to be, there’s no doubt about it, Max Branning will be missed!

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