Line of Duty fans were left reeling after Sunday’s episode saw fan favourite Ted Hastings tipped as being the elusive H again, and Ryan Pilkington left in a standoff with DI Kate Fleming.
In typical AC-12 style, a twist emerged in the form of a throwback clue to the 2019 series showing the word definitely misspelt as ‘definately’ in Jo Davidson’s messages – a clue that previously suggested Hastings [Adrian Dunbar] could be one of the bent coppers he is so hellbent on finding.
Although fans were already left reeling with the twist, the dramatic instalment ended with another shock, with a tense cliff hanger seeing PC Pilkington [Gregory Piper] drawing his gun at and DI Fleming [Vicky McClure].
Could it be? Ted Hastings was tipped as being the elusive H yet again during Sunday night’s episode of Line of Duty
One of the big shocks of the night came as Acting Detective Superintendent Jo Davidson [Kelly Macdonald] was seen sending messages to the OCG boss, with whoever the mystery messenger was, typing out ‘definately’.
Back in 2019, viewers watched as ‘definitely’ was misspelt by whoever was talking via an online chat to season five protagonist, undercover cop John Corbett [Stephen Graham].
And while many thought it was simply a spelling blunder at first, Hastings then also went on to type ‘definately’ during a police hack the following week, leaving fans convinced the AC-12 Superintendent was in fact villain H.
The reappearance of the incorrectly spelt word caused some avid watchers to think that perhaps H is really the fourth man, despite him seeming to have been cleared of suspicion following his misconduct hearing last series.
Shady: Jo Davidson was seen under even more pressure as she chatted online and agreed to ‘get rid’ of Kate so long as it was her ‘last job’
Dozens of people took to Twitter to discuss their theories over the word, with one penning: ‘Ted spelled ‘definitely’ wrong before. If Ted is H I’m done’
While another added: ‘Ted Hastings only split definitely ‘DEFINATELY’ but who else would know Ted spelt it like that, that’s the question.’
And someone else said: ‘Well we all know Ted can’t spell definitely right, but Mother of God, please don’t let him be the final H!’.
A clue! The word definitely was spelt wrong, with the faceless person using an A, just like Ted Hastings used back in 2019
Making things even shadier, it was during this conversation with the faceless crime boss that Davidson was told to ‘get rid’ of Kate.
Davidson looked distraught at the idea as she sat staring into her laptop screen, however replied saying she’d do it so long as it was the last task asked of her.
Coming through on her promise, Davidson arranged to meet Kate outside of work before changing the location at the last minute.
Reaction: Dozens of people took to Twitter to say that Ted must be H after the misspelling
LINE OF DUTY: WHO IS THE FOURTH ‘H’?
Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio excited fans when he shared the first clue about the plot of season six to Twitter.
Uploading a snap of a packet of the Australian chocolate biscuits TimTams with the caption ‘#LineofDuty Series 6 Plot Clue No. 1’, fans began to ferociously speculate as to what it might mean.
But one plot point hanging over the next season of the show is about the identity of the ominous ‘H’.
While the mystery was somewhat answered in the season five finale, it was also revealed that there are FOUR people pertaining to be ‘H’, with the final one still unknown.
So who could it be?
Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)
Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)
She was one of season five’s stand-out characters, swooping in towards the end of the series to interrogate Ted Hastings – highly suspected to be ‘H’ at the time.
And while she simply seemed to be excellent at her job – and hellbent on uncovering the corruption within the department – could it be that Patricia Carmichael was SO keen to pin the blame on Ted to take the focus away from herself.
Could SHE be the fourth ‘H’?
Her position of power and respect, along with her unnaturally steely and cut-throat demeanor, could well point to this.
Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)
Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)
Ted Hastings was pinpointed by viewers of the show, as well as the characters on the show, to be a candidate for ‘H’.
But it seemed he was exonerated by the end of season five, allowed to walk free.
But could be potentially be triple-crossing us all? Could he in fact STILL be the potential fourth ‘H’.
The biggest issue with this theory is that Gill Biggeloe – one of the three revealed to be ‘H’ – was so against him. Surely she wouldn’t be working to deter him if they were in league?
UNLESS, she doesn’t KNOW he is the fourth ‘H’?
DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)
DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)
Detective Chief Constable Andrea Wise was new to the show in season five and is another high-powered contender for ‘H’.
She has been constantly interfering when it has come to supporting AC-12’s investigations, removing them from the investigation into Operation Pear Tree. She also instigated the Ted Hastings investigation.
She is also keen to cover up police corruption, despite announcing at the end of season five: ‘This constabulary will work tirelessly to root out rotten apples in its ranks.’
PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)
PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)
Police and Crime Commissioner Rohan Sindwhani demanded to be ‘in on’ a meeting between Andrea Wise and Ted Hastings. This might be a small clue but any clue could be valid at this point.
Any shady behavior suggests ‘H’ is at play, and so Rohan could indeed be culpable.
In the closing moments, Kate – a goodie (at least we hope) – and PC Ryan Pilkington – a baddie through and through – are seen with their guns trained on each other.
Leaving viewers on the edge of their seats, the episode then ended after the duo and Davidson shouted at each other to drop their guns, with two gun shots heard as the screen faded to black.
Has Kate – whom we’ve watched snaring bent coppers over six series – been killed in the line of duty? Or has she finished off corrupt and psychopathic Pilkington?
And if she’s only wounded, will DI Steve Arnott – Kate’s partner in crime-fighting – manage to save her?
Drama: Sunday’s show also saw a very tense ending after Davidson lured Kate to an isolated lorry park
Kate had managed to send him a text just before the intense final scene, however it remains to be seen if he makes it to her in time to help and catch Ryan.
Also during Sunday’s show Davidson’s DNA match was revealed, with it being discovered that she’s related to Tommy Hunter.
Several viewers had guessed that Davidson would be related to Hunter after last weeks show.
Will she make it? Kate was seen holding up her gun, after concealing a weapon all episode, but the show finished before viewers could discover what happened to her
And Steve Arnott confirmed the news that they shared a ‘partial match’ on Sunday after Kate was called into AC-12 to hear the shock result.
Kate was visibly taken aback by the update, with Ted having to tell her that Davidson had ‘pulled the wool over her eyes’ during their Gail Vella investigation.
Hunter, a crime boss turned informant, was murdered by the OCG (Organised Crime Group) in series two.
However, many fans pointed out that there is no way to be sure that Tommy (Brian McCardle) actually ever died because his body was wrapped in bandages during series two.
Bad: Ryan Pilkington was confident as he told Kate the gun wouldn’t be traced but seemed spooked by the idea of having been under surveillance
Despite this potentially being true, it wasn’t cleared-up on Sunday with the plot instead focussing on Davidson being drawn further into the OCG’s shady dealings.
While elsewhere in the show, another twist saw the addition to the cast of James Nesbitt, though only as a photo.
He plays Marcus Thurwell, a detective in the racist killing of Lawrence Christopher – a storyline that appears to be based on the real-life murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Thurwell was also featured in another earlier series as the SIO investigating the death of social worker Oliver Stephens Lloyd.
Nail-biting: Twitter was flooded with wild reaction from fans, who demanded bosses show the next episode now, as the suspense was too much to wait another week to see the outcome
His appearance on the show came as a shock to viewers, as he had previously lied about being ‘snubbed’ for the part.
Speaking with The Sun, James said: ‘I had a lot of fun saying how Jed has snubbed me for Line Of Duty, all the while knowing our little secret.’
In February, it was reported he felt ‘galled’ about never being asked to appear in Line of Duty despite being from Northern Ireland and the show being filmed in Belfast.
The Cold Feet star told the Radio Times: ‘Even though Line Of Duty had been shot here for years I was never considered for it, which has always slightly galled me.’
Look what you’ve caused: Davidson seemed genuinely distraught when she thought Kate could be shot, however it was her messages that got her in the position
However, James explained after Sunday’s show that it was all a ploy cooked up by himself and Jed to keep fans off the trail of his role on the hit police show.
And when Jed asked him to appear on the show, he was filming Bloodlands in Belfast, creating the perfect cover story for if he was seen around the city.
Jed said: ‘It was easier to keep it secret by plotting the scheme between the two of us… It worked brilliantly, because everyone thought he was genuinely annoyed.’
James added: ‘I’ve kept it to myself for over a year and couldn’t even tell my closest friends or family.’
It’s a MATCH: Davidson’s relative ended up being Tommy Hunter of series two
Devoted fans of the show had been tipped off to a mystery star joining the cast during the week after a spoiler was leaked on Tuesday night.
BBC Maestro, a hub for budding screenwriters, inadvertently uploaded a post revealing a brand new character and a key plot twist.
On Sunday’s episode pictures were shown of James’ character in Spain, however the team actually filmed the scene in Belfast.
Shock: James Nesbitt made a surprise appearance in the police show on Sunday night as character Marcus Thurwell, who was first mentioned in series three
Theories: Several fans theorised that Thurwell and Hastings might have a connection, with them both being Irish, in the upcoming episodes
Committing to the ruse, Jed even revealed to the publication that he told members of the public that James was modelling for a catalogue when he was spotted shooting in shorts at Belfast Marina.
The writer added that they had some practice in fooling fans about actors making surprise appearances as Keeley Hawes reappeared in series three unexpectedly.
James’ character Marcus Thurwell is a detective who worked on the racist killing of Lawrence Christopher – a storyline that appears to be based on the real-life murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
In hiding? The shady detective was last known to be in Spain, with writer Jed revealing they filmed the scene at Belfast Marina
The fictional case was being investigated by journalist Gail Vella, whose killing is the focus of the current run.
Several fans theorised that Thurwell and Hastings might have a connection, with them both being Irish, in the upcoming episodes.
One person said: ‘Calling it now, #TedHastings was at police college with #Thurwell #JamesNesbitt in NI #LineOfDuty.’
And another tweeted: ‘What are the odds on Hastings’ having known James Nessbit’s character in NI?’
While a third pointed the to misspelling of definitely, as they wrote: ‘James Nesbitt is definately going to have a Northern Ireland accent next week on #LineOfDuty – just like Ted.’
Piecing it together: Steve Arnott connected the dots to realise Thurwell was connected to AC-12s earlier case involving a paedophile ring
Elsewhere in the episode, DCI Patricia Carmichael also returned to AC-12, launching into a rant against Hastings and saying the team doesn’t have strong evidence against Ian Buckles.
She also ordered that all of AC-12’s surveillance operations- on Ryan Pilkington, Jo Davidson and Terry Boyle -be halted because of ‘budget’ costs.
However could this mean she’s actually H? Cancelling the surveillance suggests that Pilkington and Davidson weren’t followed ahead of meeting Kate, something the OCG would only benefit from.
Villain: Elsewhere in the episode, DCI Patricia Carmichael also returned to AC-12, launching into a rant against Hastings and saying the team doesn’t have strong evidence against Buckles
LINE OF DUTY SEASON SIX: WHAT ARE THE MAIN FAN THEORIES?
Season six of Line Of Duty has left fans with more questions than answers, with viewers flocking to Twitter to question what exactly is DCI Jo Davidson is up to, whether Kate Fleming has really left AC-12 and who is H?
Here, MailOnline examines some of the most prominent fan theories
Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover
One of the most shocking discoveries was AC-12’s Kate is now working with a new team- with some fans suggesting she could even be the infamous H.
While chatting to her new gaffer DCI Davidson, Kate said: ‘I got fed upon nicking coppers, I’d rather go after the psycho who murdered Gail [Vella].’
But despite seeming confident in her new role, some viewers were left wondering if all was at it seems and theorised that Kate could still be undercover for AC-12.
Even after she tipped off Davidson and incurred the wrath of Ted Hastings, fans have continued to speculate that she is so deep undercover that even Hastings is having to keep her true agenda secret.
Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover: Is it true? The jury is still out on this one
DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group
Jo has already survived a grilling from AC-12’s top team and appeared to clear her name when it was ex-girlfriend PS Farida Jatri who seemed to have taken part in corruption.
However, Jo was seen hitching a ride with known bent copper Ryan Pilkington and taken to collect a burner phone, making her look suspicious once more.
Fans, however, are convinced the DCI is being blackmailed by an OCG, following her emotional outburst when she was summoned to pick up a new burner.
DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group: Is it true? After her car park outburst it seems increasingly likely
DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis
Fans speculated over who Jo’s mother could be after she was seen in a photograph in the first episode.
Many theorised her mother has something to do with season five character John Corbett’s [Stephen Graham] mother Anne-Marie McGillis, who was killed by an Irish Republican paramilitary group sometime after 1989.
DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis: Is it true? There simply isn’t enough evidence yet to determine on way or the other
Gail Vella is still alive
Although season six has centered around the murder of journalist Gail Vella, one obscure theory is that she is in fact still alive.
Craig Parkinson, who played Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in the show, said on BBC Sounds podcast Obsessed with Line of Duty: ‘Somebody is in that flat and there’s some connection with Gail Vella, the investigative journalist.
‘You don’t cast someone like Andi Osho and then just have her as little magazine prints and stick them up on a kitchen wall.’
Sarah Millican – who also appeared on the podcast – went on to suggest Vella may have been a former lover of DCI Davidson’s.
Gail Vella is still alive: Is it true? It seems unlikely that the scale of police corruption is so huge that they could fake a murder victim
DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter
Bishop is one of AC-12’s newest recruits, and as Gates and his wife Jools had two daughters, Natalie and Chloe, viewers have suggested their shared first name ‘can’t be a coincidence’.
Gates’ daughter was last seen in season one in 2012, which means she’d be roughly the same age as Bishop is now.
Fans have suggested that Bishop either took her mother’s maiden name or the name of a step-father, so that her true identity remains a secret – for now.
Gates died at the end of the first season when he walked into a busy road after getting a confession from gang leader Tommy Hunter, who had been blackmailing the police officer into covering up their criminal activity.
DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter: Is it true? The dates and facts line up, but there still isn’t enough to write it off as a coincidence just yet
DCI Jo Davidson’s mystery blood relative is…?
After it was revealed that Jo’s DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be.
The overriding theories suggested that Davidson’s relative was either Tommy Hunter, of series one and two, Mike Dryden of series two, John Corbett of series five, or Derek Hilton, killed off in series four.
Tommy Hunter was the leader of the OCG in earlier series of the show, and a paedophile. His character is dead.
Mike Dryden, the former Deputy Chief Constable, was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two. His Scottish links also suggest he could be related to Davidson.
John Corbett was an undercover cop in series five who had his throat slit, leaving behind a wife, two daughters, and a mysterious link to a woman, Anne-Marie, whom fans claim could also be Davidson’s mother.
Derek Hilton was a Chief Superintendent and later the Assistant Chief Constable of Central Police. He was also secretly affiliated with organised crime. He was shot in the mouth in a staged suicide in season four.
Other suggestions were Gill Biggeloe, Jackie Laverty, Lindsay Denton or Terry Boyle.
After it was revealed that Jo’s DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be. Scottish Mike Dryden was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two