EastEnders bosses sprung a surprise on fans tonight with the return of one of the soap’s most despised men James Willmott-Brown.
Viewers watched Max Branning collect his old cell mate, Luke, from prison to take him home where his sister Fi, half-brother Josh and his Uncle Hugo were waiting for him.
Little did Max know that he would also be meeting their father – and his boss – for the first time: none other than James Willmott-Brown – played by William Boyde.
Since his release from prison, Max Branning has been working for Weyland and Co. and although his intentions were focused on revenge, it was never clear who he was actually working for, or why, until tonight.
Max has no idea of Willmott-Brown’s history or connections to Walford, only that he claims – like Max – to be a wronged man.
With the help of his family, Willmott-Brown will continue in his mission to slowly take over Albert Square. A story of power, control, money and revenge will unfold as he and his family attempt to destroy everything and anyone in their way.
What remains to be seen is how much each of those involved knows, and how far each will go. And of course, there is one other person on Willmott-Brown’s agenda – the woman he believes ruined his life – Kathy Beale.
This storyline has been secretly plotted since Max returned to Walford and it will come to a head in the coming months. Those involved were sworn to secrecy about their involvement with Willmott-Brown and each other, but with each family member having their own agenda; can any of them really trust each other?
Family loyalties will be questioned, tested and exposed but one thing is for sure, with ruthless Willmott-Brown ruling the clan, the residents of Walford are in for a huge shock.
Speaking of his return to EastEnders, William Boyde said “I’m delighted to immerse myself once more in the fascinating world of soap land.”
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