EastEnders is set to air highly emotional scenes tonight as the day of Abi’s funeral arrives – and Max is determined to take the chance to say his final farewells. Even though Lauren has made it clear to him that the family don’t want him there, Max has been persuaded by Jay Mitchell to attend regardless.
Not wanting to cause trouble, Max hopes to just blend in and say his own quiet respects to his daughter – but given that Tanya threatened not to go if Max was going to be there, will his presence trigger a showdown?
Pictures released of the filming of the funeral confirmed that Max does turn up at the church but how will the likes of Lauren, Cora and Tanya react to him being there? Will a big Branning fight distract from what should be a poignant day in memory of Abi?
Or can the clan find the strength to put aside all of their differences and unite to give Abi the send off that she deserves? It remains to be seen whether the funeral goes ahead without a war breaking out but either way it’s the end of an era as a final goodbye is said to the popular character.
And Lauren’s own exit is set to follow not long afterwards…
EastEnders airs these scenes on Friday 16th February at 8pm on BBC One.