Five things that need resolving in Line of Duty Episode 6

The final episode of the current series of BBC One’s police drama airs on Sunday. Here’s what we’re all desperate to know

By Evie Prosser

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five weeks, you’ll know that BBC One’s breath-taking police drama Line of Duty reaches its series climax on Sunday evening.

    Stars of the show are remaining tight-lipped about what happens, but that’s not stopping the endless speculation among fans.  

The show, written by Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio, has kept viewers gripped for the last four series. But now, with the tension reaching fever pitch, it seems as if the whole country wants closure at the end of the current fifth season.

Stars of the show are remaining tight-lipped about what happens, but that’s not stopping the endless speculation among fans. Here are just five of the loose ends that we’re desperately hoping will be tied up by the end of Sunday’s feature-length episode.

1) What’s the connection between Hastings and Corbett?

When rogue undercover officer DS John Corbett attacked DSupt Ted Hastings’s wife in Episode 3, he left a distinctive pattern of injuries that clearly had some meaning for Ted.

In last week’s episode, we learnt that Corbett’s birth mother was killed in a terrorist revenge attack in Northern Ireland, and that her injuries mirrored those inflicted on Mrs Hastings. Plus, Ted was an officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary at the time.

All of which has us wondering: what’s the link between the men? And did Ted blow Corbett’s cover when he visited a member of the OCG in prison?

2) Is OCG member Lisa all that she seems?

Lisa McQueen has been an important character throughout the series, even though she played second fiddle to Corbett’s undercover gang boss.

But Lisa was the one with a direct line to H, and the occasional glimpses of her struggling with the violence of criminal life have led some to believe there’s more to her than meets the eye.

By the time she was arrested in Episode 5 it seemed as if Lisa really was just a gang member. But will there be a revelation about her identity in the season finale? The actor who plays her, Black Mirror’s Rochenda Sandall, dropped a heavy hint in a recent interview on ITV’s This Morning that she may in fact be an undercover police officer.

3) Will DS Arnott get his love life back on track?

A whole nation went weak at the knees when DS Steve Arnott finally rekindled his on-off relationship with Serious Crime investigator Sam Hailston in Episode 5. So when things didn’t quite go as planned in the bedroom, it felt like a hammer blow not just to Steve, but to the nation.

Some fans immediately smelt a rat, suggesting it was all a part of Steve’s commitment to catching bent coppers. But others just felt sad that one of the show’s best characters can’t catch a break.

    ...nothing’s certain. Which is what makes this show such compelling viewing in the first place.  

All of which begs a question: will things come good for the croaky-voiced Londoner in the end?

4) Who on earth is ‘H’?

It seems very much as if DSupt Hastings is in the frame for the serious crimes perpetuated in series six. But is it really possible that he’s H, the villain at the centre of the subterfuge on which the whole show has been constructed since season one?

Some see Adrian Dunbar’s bluff portrayal of Ted as a clever disguise for his calculating criminality. But others simply can’t believe that one of the show’s heroes will end up as the kingpin.

As with most of Mercurio’s dramas, it’s unlikely we’ll have a firm conclusion even after Sunday’s 90 minutes are up. So prepare to be dissatisfied – or at least to have as many unanswered questions at the end of the series as you do right now.

5) Will there be a sixth series?

One thing that would improve the chances of a genuine resolution to the series is if it turns out to be the last. Jed Mercurio reportedly suggested that Line of Duty could be ending in response to a report about future series in The Sun.

But, as we’ve found in the past, Mercurio is just as good at using social media to breed plot uncertainty as he is at writing dramas in the first place.

So all we’ll say is this: nothing’s certain. Which is what makes this show such compelling viewing in the first place.

Published: 3 May 2019

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