Ailing AC-12 might not be pulling in the bent coppers just yet, but it’s certainly reeling in the viewers, with 15 million of us utterly gripped to BBC1’s Line of Duty.
After DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) survived a terrifying gun duel with PC Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper), not to mention trouble for the gaffer Supt Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), the nauseating family tree of DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) and the arrival of AC-12 grim reaper DCS Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin), the latest episode was nerve-shredding from the off.
Now Jo is in jail, the prime suspect is dead in Spain, DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) is on the run from Occupational Health and the elusive corrupt cop ‘H’ is likely still out there. And that’s only the half of it, holy mother of God so it is.
Ahead of next week’s series six finale, here are the burning questions we need answered…
Who Is H?
This is the big one, and it’s time we had answers. Even Hastings is getting infuriated, practically having a meltdown in the interrogation room.
“Who is the fourth man? Is he running the show?” he yelled at Jo, who turned out to be related every which way to crime lord Tommy Hunter. Niece? Yep. Daughter? Yep.
It was like a slightly seedy episode of Long Lost Family as Jo was told about her mum and dad’s incest.
DCI Marcus Thurwell – James Nesbitt, in the most anticlimactic cameo ever – was the main man in the frame. But now he’s dead in Spain, likely killed by the OCG? Was he H?
Other prime suspects are Chief Constable Philip Osborne (Owen Teale), who threw PCC Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti) under the bus and keeps banging on about “enemies within”, and DS Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle), who seems too much of a buffoon to be anything more than a useful pawn for the OCG.
Surely odds are that smiling assassin DCS Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin) is OCG’s top cop?
Slithering around like Voldemort, cutting short Hastings’ questions, shutting down AC-12 and refusing to investigate “hypothetical” wider police corruption, she looks guilty as hell.
What else does Jo know?
Having admitted to being coerced into a life of crime, recruited by dodgy ‘Uncle Tommy’ to join the force as a corrupt cop aged 16, DCI Jo Davidson is now in jail.
In an effort to prove she wasn’t bent, she told Kate to investigate the abandoned printing shop opposite innocent Terry Boyle’s flat.
Sure enough, Gail Vella’s stolen computers were there, crucial evidence in Operation Lighthouse.
Jo also admitted to planting the burner phones at Farida’s flat and the files in Buckells’ car, as well as manipulating the surveillance delay and setting up the decoy to delay the arrest of Carl Banks.
She even confessed to killing Ryan, all to save Kate’s skin.
But having told Kate that her dad was a bent copper, later under interrogation she said her mum was raped and refused to say any more about her ‘dad’.
She also gave a ‘no comment’ to knowing Thurwell, while looking extremely shifty. Could Thurwell be the man she thought was her dad?
Who is the ‘Unknown User’ she’s been messaging? The IP address came from Spain, so surely it’s Thurwell?
Is it true she knows nothing of Darren Hunter and the Lawrence Christopher case?
Anyone planning to quiz Jo will need to be quick – with that violent prison warden after her, she may not last the night.
Are there buried bodies?
No, we’re just not talking metaphorically, there may also be actual buried bodies.
After mates Kate and Steve made up in the car park, after Kate declared: “Let’s get this job done!” (and we all cheered), they headed to the Organised Crime Group’s firearms workshop.
Suspicion has been cast before over DS Chris Lomax (Perry Fitzpatrick), who gives off major Caddy vibes. He was more than a little frosty with Steve.
Nonetheless, he’s been investigating the untraceable weapons used by the OCG, and has now discovered their van contained: tarpaulins, rope, pickaxes, bolt cutters, wrenches, Stanley knives, power saws, drills… let’s just say, this lot aren’t that friendly.
But what’s under the floor? Lomax was ready to call off forensics after the two gang members’ bodies were removed, but Kate wants to dig deeper.
Can Hastings hang on?
Anyone who doubted Ted Hastings for even a second, as Steve and Kate shared their suspicions, shame on you!
Yes, Hastings did give dirty money to Steph Corbett, but we think he was trying to help her. Surely the AC-12 boss is about as straight as they come? Or else we’re all going to need therapy.
He went hell for leather in the interrogation room, pushing Jo Davidson for more information to blow open the OCG.
He seems genuinely devastated that he’s being forced to retire and the clock is ticking for him to finish this case, his life’s work.
Although he did look extremely nervous when prison inmate Lee Banks was brought up.
Did he break down in the lift because he’s corrupt? Surely after the discovery that his suspect Thurwell is dead, he’s just desperate to catch a break.
What will happen to Kate, Steve and AC-12?
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We’re not entirely sure why Kate fled the scene after shooting Ryan dead – surely with her life in danger she had just cause to kill him? Running made her look guilty.
Most probably she wanted the chance to get evidence from Jo and crack the case before the “unexplained corruption of the chain of command” interfered?
The “armed and dangerous” pair turned Thelma and Louise, with Kate proving her badass driving skills in a tense police chase.
After briefly believing Steve set them up and she was being framed, Kate is now back to helping AC-12. It was Carmichael who put trackers on her car.
Kate is off the hook, for now, but with Carmichael well aware that Jo covered for Kate, she still may be in trouble.
Meanwhile, Steve will be suspended if he doesn’t attend his routine drugs check.
And with Hastings approaching forced retirement and the team’s only lead dead in Spain, the future of AC-12 is looking bleak.
Could this be the end for AC-12? And will there be another series?
*Line of Duty concludes Sunday 2 May, BBC1, 9pm. Catch up on BBC iPlayer.