|Relationships|| Eleanor Guthrie (lover; formerly)
Anne Bonny (Lover)
|Portrayed by||Jessica Parker Kennedy|
Max is a seductive, cunning, and cool-headed prostitute in the brothel on Nassau. In Eleanor Guthrie, she’s found a kindred spirit, a lover, maybe even a savior, but when her aspirations and Eleanor’s begin to conflict, their relationship, and Max’s well-being, take a dark turn for the worse.
Little is known about Max's background. Her accent is creole of some description. At the start of the series she is working as one of the many prostitutes in Nassau
Season One Edit
Max, among others, was hired as a welcoming gift for John Silver. Despite several beautiful women in bed with him, Silver kept his eyes on the page he took from the Ship's cook. After the rest of the women left, and while Silver was getting dressed, Max confronted him and asked him what it is that was so important. She then threatened to turn him in to his Captain unless he cut her in on the profits. Silver reluctantly agreed.
Later that night, Max helped Silver sneak aboard the Walrus so he could search the captain's quarters for the rest of the book, a ledger owned by his previous Captain. Silver found the missing page and realized that it's the schedule of the L'urca de Lima.
After sneaking back to shore, Max returned to the brothel where she found Eleanor Guthrie, bruised and shaken after a meeting with her former lover Charles Vane. Max took Eleanor to her room to clean her up and comfort her, before having sex.
Max would eventually inform Jack Rackham of the schedule and offered to sell it to him. The two set up a meeting for the purchase of the schedule. The meeting was abruptly broken up by Vane, who believed Max was lying. He relented though not before vowing to kill her should the plan go south.
After the meeting, Max was confronted by Gates and Billy Bones, who knew she was working as a middle man for Silver. They later brought in Eleanor, who also asked her for the page, much to the surprise and pain of Max. After she told them about the plan to sell the schedule, Max pleaded with Eleanor to leave the island with her to start a new life. Eleanor turned her down, but asked Max to stay with her so she can protect her. Despite Eleanor's own pleas, Max later sneaked out of the brothel, with the intent of leaving the island. However, she was caught and captured by Vane and his men, and locked away.
Max was then beaten and raped by Vane's men. After some time, Vane came to her, asking why she would leave Eleanor's protection when she had to have known the risks. Max told Vane that he knew exactly why: the loss of Eleanor's affection. Vane then told Rackham to clean her up, and sneak her off the island after dark.
Despite Rackham's attempts to get her out, he was stopped by several of the Ranger's crew, who told him that while the captain may have told him to let her go, its not up to him. They proceeded to assault her right in the streets, with the main culprit being Hamund. Her screams attracted the rest of the crew, several spectators, and Eleanor. Eleanor rushed in and beat the men off Max and told them that none of them would ever do business on the island again unless they joined Flints crew. Max, still hurt over Eleanor's rejection, and feeling guilt over what her involvement had done to Vane, told Vane that she would remain his captive until her debts were paid off.
While "paying off" her debt, she was routinely mistreated by the Ranger's crew until she convinced them that they would get more pleasure out of her if they were gentle with her. The only one who continued to mistreat her was Hamund. Hamund's ill treatment of Max especially distressed Anne Bonny. Bonny would eventually reach out to Eleanor in an effort to kill Hamund and the others that abused Max. Eleanor provided some men to the effort and along with Bonny, they assisted in killing Hamund and other members of the Ranger crew. Following this, Max was freed and returned to her room in the brothel.
With Rackham struggling to run the brothel, Max began to assert some authority among the other girls. When some of the girls were not paying Rackham the full price they earned with their tricks, Max accosted them in front of Rackham and forced them into paying the full price. With Max having shown herself capable of controlling the girls, Mrs. Mapleton was fired by Rackham and Max became the new Madam of the brothel.
Season Two Edit
With Max now the Madam of the brothel, she begins selling leads from the other girls to pirate captains. Bonny becomes angry with her when this is discovered. However, Rackham comes up with a plan to get his own ship and a crew, and use the leads that Max receives to enrich the three of them with equal profit of the spoils. But, Rackham's attempts to raise a crew end in abject failure, due to his reputation.
That continues until Max finds out information on Ned Low's hostage for Charles Vane, in exhange for him forgiving Rackham and Bonny so that they may sail again. Meanwhile, a tense three-way sexual relationship has developed between Max, Bonny and Rackham.
Max continues to demonstrate her shrewdness when she helps manipulate an influential pirate named Featherstone to join Rackham, along with 28 other men and their ship. However, the new crew will not accept both Max and Bonny receiving such a significant share of any future profits. When Rackham tells Bonny she must stay ashore for awhile, Bonny storms off.
While Rackham is at sea, Bonny kills a sailor called Logan, as well as Charlotte, a prostitute, in the brothel, in a foolish attempt to gain information on the Urca gold. Max promises to stand in between Bonny and the consequences of her actions, and will protect her. However, Bonny eventually decides to leave Nassau.
In the brothel, Silver comes to Max for help in his latest scheme. Silver admits to Max that when the two scouts arrived on the beach, they told him that the Urca gold was actually still there and that what had occurred was that the Spanish sailors on the beach had all become ill and died, leaving the gold virtually defenseless. He then asks Max if she knows of a crew who would be willing to go there and collect the gold.
Rackham and his crew return to Nassau. Rackham is clearly distraught over Bonny's departure, but immediately begin preparations to retrieve the gold.
After Richard Guthrie funeral, Max brings bread and fruit from the girls at Rackham's brothel to Eleanor. Eleanor explains to Max there is now a war between her and Charles Vane, concerning the future of the island, and everyone must now choose sides. Max exits feeling that Eleanor is up to something and wishes Rackham to launch his ship as soon as possible. This turns out to be true when men try to assassinate Rackham and his quartermaster Featherstone. However, Bonny reappears and saves them, killing both men. Taking refuge in the brothel, Max insists that they must leave immediately.
When news of Eleanor Guthrie's attest reaches Nassau, Max is visibly upset, but quickly her thoughts turn to the future of the island. Max asks Idelle to find out how much money the brothel and the girls have in reserve, and goes to offer to buy the interest in Eleanor's tavern.
A short time later, Max is summoned to the beach from the tavern; presumably her offer was accepted. On the beach, Rackham and Bonny looking a bit beat up, but alive. Rackham tells her that the Spanish men on the beach put up an admirable fight, but that they won the day. Rackham's crew also had to salvage the Walrus in order to carry all the gold back to Nassau. Rackham tells Max he wants to show her something "shiny" and takes her into the hold of one of the ships, revealing the long desired Urca gold. Max smiles in the light of the glittering gold.
In the beginning, Max was seductive, cunning and was curious. In Eleanor Guthrie, she found a kindred spirit, a lover, and maybe even a savior. However, when her aspirations and Eleanor's began to conflict, their relationship, and Max’s well-being, take a dark turn for the worse.
After returning to the brothel, she became a more assertive. This is shown when she questioned Alice about the money she received for servicing one of her customers. When she lied, Max slapped her into revealing that she received more and kept some for herself.
- In the original novel, it's mentioned that Silver is married to "a woman of colour", which has led some to Silver and Max will eventually get together.
"When the sea grows rough, you come to Max, Max is your harbour."
-Max to Eleanor.
"When a man is being fucked he wants to know whose cock was in him."
-Max to Silver.