Max Branning (played by Jake Wood) waved goodbye to EastEnders for good last week after finally accepting Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) didn’t love him. During his last moments on the square, he spoke to former flame Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) who was concerned about Max’s state of mind. The BBC actress will temporarily exit the soap later this year after welcoming her second child. Could she reach out to Max and start a new life with him away from Walford?
The love rat intended on starting a new life with granddaughter Abi and Linda but Mick Cater’s (Danny Dyer) wife turned him down.
Max decided to drop Abi with Rainie Highway (Tanya Franks) in the end but Stacey and her three children could provide Max with the family unit he craves.
The Slater matriarch was heartbroken when Martin Fowler (James Bye) rejected her and could reach out to Max now he’s left for a new life elsewhere.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Jake was asked who Max really loved out of all the women he’s been with.
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“I don’t know whether Max feels like this is probably the end of the road in terms of failed relationships going forward it’s not, he hasn’t got a good success rate.”
Discussing his final days on the soap, he said: “My last scene as Max was with Steve McFadden, which I was really pleased about, Steve has been a mate of mine for years and years and years.
“I’ve known Steve since I was about 15 years old. I did a film with him when I was [around] 16-years-old maybe.”
“So I was really pleased personally that my last thing was with Steve,” Jake continued.
“I’ve always been a great admirer of his work, his work ethic and the way that he approaches what he does. On a personal level, I was really pleased with that.
“Obviously with Covid, there were no parties. Nothing like that so I just walked away, said goodbye to the person at the front gate.
“So that was one a bit weird after 15 years but I’ve known since the summer that I was going so I had good chances over that time to have good conversations with everyone so they all know how I feel about them.”
EastEnders continues on BBC One on Monday at 8.05pm.