Monday’s instalment of BBC soap EastEnders saw Lauren Branning (played by Jacqueline Jossa) tell her father Max (Jake Wood) that the funeral for Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald) had already taken place without him.
Max was understandably devastated and Tuesday’s instalment of the episode saw him storm around Albert Square attempting to get some answers.
While the Walford pariah’s dodgy dealings have painted him in a bad light for viewers, recent events have seen them express sympathy for Max.
Those watching at home took to Twitter to comment on Max’s desperate situation.
“Feel so sorry for Max #eastenders,” one fan stated.
Another wrote: “I feel so sorry for Max. Not being able to go to his own daughters funeral, but why couldn’t we see it either? #EastEnders.”
“I know Max has been a complete d******d but I am actually feeling a bit sorry for him. #EastEnders,” a third added.
Max was subject to more abuse after Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) decided to give him a tongue lashing, calling the bereaved father a “parasite”.
However, it later transpired that there was another shocking secret in store for Max.
As he pressed Lauren for details of Abi’s funeral, it quickly became clear that she was lying and that it had not yet taken place at all.
Max shouted at his daughter to tell him the truth and the closing moments of the episode saw Lauren unable to meet her father’s gaze, admitting her guilt.
Viewers were angry at Lauren and didn’t hold back in criticising her actions.
“@jacquelineMjos Lauren telling Max Abi’s funeral has already happened when it actually hasn’t was beyond cruel. Every parent deserves the right to say their final farewells to their kid(s) even Max #EastEnders,” one wrote.
“Even if Max wasn’t the best father, he doesn’t deserve to be excluded in the funeral! And for Lauren thinking it’s okay to lie annoys me too. Abi would have wanted him there. He’s still her Dad. #EastEnders,” a second added.
While another fan said: “#EastEnders I know what Max did, but that’s low, Lauren. Lying about the funeral. Max should be at his daughter’s funeral.”
EastEnders continues Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.