So just why does a middle aged man hate a teenage boy with such vitriol again?
There is no love lost between Max Branning and Bobby Beale and the pair will become entangled in a violent confrontation in dramatic scenes in tonight’s EastEnders.
But why do the Square’s resident ladies’ man and the baby-faced assassin have so much beef?
Let’s remind ourselves about the story of Max and Bobby. And don’t expect a happily ever after.
Why does Max Branning hate Bobby Beale in EastEnders?
Well, dear viewer, to explain this we’ll need to travel back in time to 2014 when Bobby was – quite literally – a different person and Max was having a steamy, bedsit-based affair with Lucy Beale.
For any fans who have joined the Walford massive since 2014 – Lucy was just 20 when her body was found on Walford Common that April. She’d been having a fling with Max – the dad of her best friend Lauren Branning.
Max was one of the last people to see Lucy alive and suspicions all pointed to him when her dead body was discovered.
But in February 2015 it was finally revealed that Max was innocent and it was actually Lucy’s younger half-brother, Bobby, who had killed her. Bobby threw a jewellery box at Lucy in a fit of anger which hit her on the head and knocked her to the floor at the Beale house.
It was Bobby’s mum and Lucy’s step-mum, Jane, who found Lucy’s body. After realising Bobby had killed her, she took Lucy’s dead body to the common – in the boot of her Nissan Micra – and dumped her there so her death couldn’t be linked to Bobby who hadn’t realised he’d killed her.
Bobby Beale killed his sister Lucy when he was younger[/caption]
So how was Max involved?
The evidence against Max was pretty grim and – after Jane’s confession – she and husband Ian promised to protect Bobby by any means necessary. Which, unfortunately for Max, meant throwing him well and truly under the bus.
Jane had a plan to get Max off the hook though and gave him an alibi by telling the police they were together having sex when Lucy was killed. It was a pretty plausible excuse considering how often Max had dipped his wick in his neighbours’ wives and girlfriends previously.
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Unfortunately Phil Mitchell, who had separate beef with Max which would need a whole other article, got wind of what was going on and bribed the foreman of Max’s jury to find him guilty after he was arrested for Lucy’s murder.
Max served a year behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit before Bobby snapped and confessed all to a packed Queen Vic – after attacking Jane with a hockey stick.