The BBC has made a fundamental change to the cast list for Line of Duty after Sunday night’s dramatic cliffhanger.
And it’s got fans wondering if it reveals the outcome of the shootout – or is an attempt to conceal spoilers until next weekend’s episode.
Anyone who is watching the latest Line of Duty will have been left on the edge of their seats after the final moments of Series 6 Episode 5.
We saw rookie PC Ryan Pilkington (played by Dudley actor Gregory Piper) get out of Acting Detective Superintendent Jo Davidson’s car pointing a gun at DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), who then pulled out her own gun.
After a heated exchange in the car park rendezvous spot where Kate had agreed to meet Jo for a personal discussion, two gunshots were heard as the screen went black and the credits rolled. Who shot who? Is one of them dead?
The Radio Times synopsis for Episode 6 explains that AC-12 is struggling “to deal with the repercussions of tragic events” and that “Hastings makes one final bid to uncover institutionalised corruption before his time runs out.”
In the Cast & Crew list, Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and DCS Patricia Carmichael – who were all rushing to Kate’s location – are all named.
But there is no mention of any of the three characters who were in that cliffhanger scene – Kate, Jo and Ryan.
Some believe it’s a sure sign that Kate Fleming has been shot dead.
That fits with the show’s creator Jed Mercurio recently saying: “One of the things about the show is that nobody’s safe.
“That’s what keeps the audience on the edge of their seat. So I know that it would be a sad day, but I think all the main cast realise that it’s possible.”
An early and now-deleted trailer for Episode 6 appeared to show two of those three characters with their hands up in the car park. We’re not going to say who they are.
It’s possible this is all an attempt to stop spoilers, or could it reveal the truth? We will find out in a few days.
Series 6 Episode 6 will be on BBC One on Sunday, April, 25 at 9pm.