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What does EastEnders court climax mean for Max?

I literally have nothing planned, nothing lined up, the time felt right to take a break and to give the character a break off screen

Jake Wood

It’s the day after the night before and EastEnders fans are still reeling in shock after last night’s dramatic court climax. We know Jake Wood is taking a year out, but what will that mean for his character Max?

Jake explained to Phillip and Holly what's next as he takes a year off from the soap.

On his last week on screen in EastEnders, Jake said, “There are twists and turns… obviously they will work my break into the story, and Max is either on the run or gets recaptured, I don’t know, we’ll find out this week. It’ll be interesting to see what plays out.”

When asked why he wanted to take a break, Jake admitted, “I decided to take a year break, I’ve been there for nine years, done just under a thousands episodes… so nine years without a break, and I’ve got two small children at home so it’ll be nice to reacquaint myself with the family. It felt the right time to take a break.”

He added, “I literally have nothing planned, nothing lined up, the time felt right to take a break and to give the character a break off screen.. but I’m really honoured to have signed a contract to go back. But you know what family life is like - I’m busier now than when I was on EastEnders!”

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