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EastEnders fans uncover CHILLING twist as Ian discovers Sharon is trying to kill him

Ian Beale EastEnders
Ian Beale EastEnders

EastEnders legend Ian Beale has finally discovered the truth about Sharon's killer plan. 

EastEnders saw the wool finally pulled from Ian's eyes last night when Max Branning made him realise that Sharon isn't quite the doting wife that she is making herself out to be.

Fans watched in horror last month as Sharon (Letitia Dean) married life-long best friend Ian on his deathbed.

Ian Sharon EastEnders

Sharon became Mrs Beale last month when she married Ian thinking he was dying (Picture: BBC)

However, it wasn't quite the romantic moment that Ian thought it was, because since then Sharon has been trying to bump him off.

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It has since been revealed it was Phil Mitchell who attacked Ian and left him for dead before Christmas, and that it was Sharon who put him up to the task.

Since their first plan to kill Ian didn't work, Sharon has taken matters into her own hands and has been poisoning Ian's food.

Ian Beale EastEnders

Ian's condition has been getting worse over recent weeks (Picture: BBC)

But while she is playing the caring wife, some people are starting to see through her act - including Kathy Beale and Max Branning (Jake Wood).

The truth is uncovered 

Last night's EastEnders saw Max's suspicions about Sharon grow when he heard her on the phone to the doctors, pushing back Ian's blood tests.

Desperate to cancel Ian's doctors appointment, Sharon carelessly made the all-important phone call in the middle of the pub - not realising that Max was standing right behind her.

Sharon and Max EastEnders

Max finally realised that Sharon has been trying to bump Ian off - but will he regret getting involved? (Picture: BBC)

Max wasted no time passing this information on to Ian, and soon the scales started to fall from Ian's eyes.

But what will he do with this new-found information?

Max and Ian join forces?

Fans are convinced that Max and Ian might team up against Sharon and Phil and that this storyline will lead to Max's exit from the soap next month.

Are viewers right that Max's bid to help could lead to his downfall?

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It's no secret that Jake Wood is leaving his role as Max after 15 years... but could him trying to help Ian lead to his departure?

Will he simply help expose Sharon's murder plan and then flee to New Zealand to be with Lauren?

Or will Sharon and Phil manage to frame him for trying to kill Ian and land him back in jail?

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One - see our TV Guide for full listings.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.