EastEnders spoilers: Cora Cross returns to destroy Max Branning and her own daughter Rainie

The legendary grandmother of Lauren and Abi will return in the coming weeks with a plan to ensure Max and her own daughter Rainie don't get the chance to adopt baby Abi.

A source told the Daily Mirror: "Max and Rainie are stunned when Cora shows up out of the blue with little Abi and are even more shocked when she allows them to spend time with her.

"It soon becomes clear she has an ulterior motive… is she about to ruin their chances of getting baby Abi?” Our guess is very much yes – and with good reason.

It's set to be a dramatic time in Walford with fans in for a summer of lies, violence and drama."

Tensions between Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) and Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ) will be ramped up when Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White) returns to the Square from visiting Zsa Zsa with a dark secret involving Stuart.

Pub landlord Mick is racked with guilt after learning Stuart was abused in a young offenders prison after taking the rap for something he did, but Tina Carter's return will leave him with split loyalties between his family and his old friend.

In the trailer he cryptically says: "Stuart’s one of my oldest pals, he was there when it happened."

But what exactly is he referring to?

Relations between Stuart and Mick's wife Linda (Kellie Bright) reach a worrying low, when the latter threatens her, growling: "I go where I want, when I want."

Max Branning (Jake Wood) and Rainie (Tanya Franks) share a passionate kiss as they continue with their plan to adopt Abi, but will they be able to keep up the false romance?

The pair married as part of Max's plan to convince social services that the baby is best off living with him, but Walford residents haven't forgotten Rainie's troubled past.

Making things difficult for the pair is Donna (Lisa Hammond), who can’t bear the thought of her best friend’s baby ending up with Max and Rainie.

She decides to play dirty, threatening their chances even more, however, as her relationship with Robbie blossoms, her scheming comes to light leaving Robbie torn between family and romance.

The Slater family are also set for a major crisis as Hayley (Katie Jarvis) and Alfie's (Shane Richie) baby secret looks set to be rumbled, potentially throwing Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) and the clan into chaos.

The Kazemis are struggling with the loss of Shakil (Shaheen Jafargholi), and Carmel (Bonnie Langford) is doing everything she can to distract herself from planning his funeral.

Kush steps up for the sake of his brother but can he get through to Carmel and help her come to terms with the death of her son?

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