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EastEnders' Max Branning is left fighting for his life at the end of the month when he is dramatically mown down in a hit and run.

Max, played by 36-year-old Jake Wood, plots revenge against his brother Jack (Scott Maslen) when he has him arrested for attempted murder, but in a sensational Halloween twist, Max is knocked over by Darren Miller's (Charlie G. Hawkins) speeding car and left for dead.

An Albert Square source told DS: "It's definitely a shocker. Max finally realises the trauma he's caused his family over the last number of months and goes to resolve his differences with Tanya. He doesn't make it across the Square, though. Before he gets across the road, an unidentified driver knocks him down."

They added: "Max has made enough enemies over the last year to last him a lifetime. So the big question will be - who tried to kill Max? Was it Bradley? Stacey? Tanya? Callum? Peter? The list could go on!"

Earlier this week, it was announced that former Footballers' Wives actress Alison Newman is to make an appearance as DI Keeble, one of the detectives who heads up the investigation.

Earlier this year, Max's wife Tanya (Jo Joyner) tried to kill her husband by burying him alive in a coffin.

The hit and run will transmit in an hour-long Halloween special on Thursday, October 30 at 7.30pm on BBC One.


The Suspects!

Name: Jack Branning
Relation: Brother
Motive: How long have you got?
Odds: Evens
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Name: Bradley Branning
Relation: Son
Motive: Max has ruined his life and marriage through having an affair with Stacey.
Odds: 6/4
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Name: Tanya Branning
Relation: Wife
Motive: She didn't go through with burying him alive, so she's out to finish the job off. She wants a happy and trouble-free life.
Odds: 2/1
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Name: Ronnie Mitchell
Relation: None
Motive: She's still in love with Jack and hopes to frame Tanya so Jack will stay in the country. The accident would also delay their departure.
Odds: 3/1
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Name: Phil Mitchell
Relation: None
Motive: He may have discovered that the gun that he provided Max was traceable and didn't want to become implicated in any potential shooting.
Odds: 5/1
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Name: Stacey Branning
Relation: Daughter-in-law
Motive: She wants revenge for his ruining her life along with Bradley's. Oh, and she hates his guts.
Odds: 5/1
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Name: Tony King
Relation: None
Motive: Max may have discovered Tony's sick intentions towards Lauren, forcing Tony to try to silence him by running him down.
Odds: 5/1
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Name: Roxy Mitchell
Relation: None
Motive: Max may have discovered that Roxy has slept with Jack, prompting her to run him over in the hope of ensuring his silence.
Odds: 7/1
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Name: Callum Monks
Relation: None
Motive: He still hasn't forgiven Max for trying to pay him off to stay away from Stacey.
Odds: 10/1
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Name: Rainie Cross
Relation: Sister-in-law
Motive: She still blames Max for ruining her relationship once again with her sister, Tanya.
Odds: 10/1
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Name: Suzy Branning
Relation: Sister
Motive: She's annoyed with Max for implicating Phil in the gun saga. She wants to prevent Max from potentially murdering their brother Jack.
Odds: 10/1
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Name: Sean Slater
Relation: None
Motive: He's still angry at Max for ruining his relationship with Tanya and wants to finish him off properly this time, since he failed to bury him alive earlier in the year.
Odds: 15/1
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Name: Darren Miller
Relation: None
Motive: His car is the one involved in the hit and run.
Odds: 20/1
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Name: Peter Beale
Relation: None
Motive: He's still angry at Max for forcing him to end his relationship with Lauren.
Odds: 33/1
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Name: Lauren Branning
Relation: Daughter
Motive: She's annoyed with Max for ruining her relationship with Peter and is still angry with the way he's treated the family over the past number of months.
Odds: 33/1
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Name: Jane Beale
Relation: None
Motive: She doesn't want Tanya to move to France and so runs Max over, hoping that Jack would be framed for attempted murder, resulting in Tanya staying in the country.
Odds: 50/1
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Name: Selina Branning
Relation: Sister-in-law
Motive: Who knows?
Odds: 50/1
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Name: Abi Branning
Relation: Daughter
Motive: She's upset about the whole family situation and wants to re-unite her mother and father. She may also want attention.
Odds: 150/1
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Name: Dot Cotton
Relation: Mother-in-law
Motive: She's fuming with the way Max has treated Jim over the years and can't stand to see him ruin his own family, too. She's also annoyed by the way Max has treated Bradley.
Odds: 150/1
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Name: Denise Fox
Relation: None
Motive: Max rejected her during their supposed 'romantic' date which Suzy set up for the pair.
Odds: 200/1
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Name: Clare Bates
Relation: None
Motive: Max rebuffed her advances earlier in the year, so she's back for revenge.
Odds: 250/1
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Name: Diederick Santer
Relation: Executive Producer
Motive: Because the viewers would never see it coming...
Odds: 1000/1

My money's on Diederick. :jester:

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Wassup Choca-Bloc!! Nice to cya! :)

btw -- It was me. I want Tanya all to myself!! MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! :D :D

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smeggypants wrote:Wassup Choca-Bloc!! Nice to cya! :)


Hey Smeggy. It's been a while since I've been on here hasn't it? :eek4:

smeggypants wrote:btw -- It was me. I want Tanya all to myself!! MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! :D :D


LOL you'll need to get through Jack "Black Hole" Branning first! (if you kill him then you'll be a hero :D )

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Great post choca!

I'm so bored of Max in EE these days - glad he's being killed off (or is he??)



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My money's on the scriptwriter.. :hmmm:

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Surely Tanya is too obvious. I'll guess at Bradley.

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Obvious innit. Max is still buried in Epping Forest. The last few months have all been Stacey dreaming, she wakes up on Christmas Day in a Christmas special . Unfortunately, I'm going to miss it because I'll be watching Roy and Becky on the special after the watershed episode of Coronation Street.




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I thought it was common knowledge, theres no great mystery apparently it is that young Miller boy, the one who acts all Jack the Lad

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I thought it was his car, but we don't know he was definitely driving.

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ahhhhhhhh I see now ;) .

erm ok then, I dunno. :D

I don't reckon it was Tanya as that would be too obvious, is anyone's contract due to run out? Is Jack there long term now? otherwise i'd say it was him.

The look she gave im in the cafe in last nights eppy said that she still had feelings for him, I reckon pride is stopping her. I don't think she loves Jack the way she loves Max, same with Ronnie, I don't think Jack loves Tanya the way he loves Ronnie.

Oh what tangled webs they weave. :chin:

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I forget was said, but Jack made some comment the other night, that made me wonder if it was him.

I can't think of anyone who is supposed to be going though.

Could even be some thief we've never seen or heard of, that just nicked Darren's car!

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It's definitely not Darren driving - he has a (genuine) alibi as he's with Denise and Libby.

When you consider how rediculously confusing the Max/Tanya/Jack/Bradley/Stacey/Ronnie/Roxy/Sean/Archie/Peggy/Danielle/Everyone else plot has been so far this year, I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be Ant and Dec who did it. :D :D :D

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So the deed has been done, and Max is now stuck there until tomorrow night. From watching it, I reckon it's either Bradley, Ronnie, or even Lauren. :eek:

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I am so sad, I rewound it 3 times to try and see who was driving :oops:

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True red wrote:I am so sad, I rewound it 3 times to try and see who was driving :oops:


I can answer that one - it was most likely a stunt driver. :D

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I reckon it was David Platt

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smeggypants wrote:I reckon it was David Platt


No it was Dirty Den :D

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Looks like they are trying to get us to think it was Bradley at the moment ...so it probably wasn't!



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So Bradley's planning on taking a holiday is he? Don't think he's gonna get very far now that Dot's found his ticket.

Lauren looked rather shifty tonight - I'm thinking she's got a guilty consciance...

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All will be revealed tonight!

So why the hell did I book parents evening appointment for 8.10? :banghead: :banghead:

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