EastEnders viewers have seen the plot thicken over who Lucy Beale’s killer could be with Max Branning revealed as her secret lover.

Hetti Bywater, who plays Lucy, is leaving the BBC soap at Easter, when her character is killed off, but the mystery over whodunnit is set to run until early next year.

Viewers have seen Lucy start a new relationship with a mystery man who she has been texting and meeting up with.

After appearing distracted at her pal Lauren Branning’s birthday party, Lucy took the first opportunity to slip away.

In a shock twist, she was seen arriving at a hotel room to meet Lauren’s dad Max (Jake Wood) coming out of the shower, who then fell into bed with her.

First look pictures from tonight’s episode (April 4) show the unlikely couple together after their night of passion.

The relationship opens up the possibility of Lucy angering Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) who could feel betrayed by her friend, and Max’s former lover Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner) who he recently kissed.

The murder mystery storyline is set to run up until EastEnders’ 30th anniversary in February next year.

 

Press Association