How will it end? (Picture: BBC)
A throwaway line from series three of Line of Duty could suggest who was shot in last week’s cliffhanger.
The fifth episode of series six of the BBC police procedural drama aired on Sunday night, and the nation was left screaming at their television screens when the show cut to black after two shots were fired in a tense face-off between Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper).
We’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out who was shot, but a fan theory suggests that an interview in series three way back in 2016 has given us a clue.
In the opening episode of the third series, Sergeant Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays) is interviewed by Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Dot Cottan (Craig Parkinson), after he shot dead a suspect, Ronan Murphy.
After the evidence proved that Waldron fired his gun three times, killing Murphy, Arnott said: ‘Standard practice is double-tap the trigger, discharging shots in pairs.’
A fan on Reddit reckons that this bit of info holds the key to what happened between Kate and Ryan, writing: ‘At the end of the last episode you hear 2 shots fired when the screen goes black. After rewatching season 3 when Danny shoots [Ronan] he fires 3 shots into the head since there’s feeling behind the shooting.
Danny Waldron killed a suspect with three shots (Picture: BBC/World Productions/Steffan Hi)
‘Steve tells Danny in the post shooting interview that protocol is to fire shots in rounds of 2 “not 3”. Kate is AFO trained so she fires 2 shots into Ryan.’
Kate is an authorised firearms officer, but as Ryan is still on probation, he would not be trained.
However, we all know that Ryan has no issues with murder, having caused the crash that led to the drowning of Lisa Patel, so we wouldn’t place all our hopes on good firearm practice saving Kate.
There are two episodes left in series six, and as well as who survives the shoot-out, there are many questions we need answered.
The big one still remains ‘Who is H?’, with everyone from Philip Osborne or new bent copper Marcus Thurwell (played by James Nesbitt) in the running.
We also need to know why Ted gave John Corbett’s widow £50,000 – could it be to do with Ted’s links with John’s mother, or is there a deeper reason?
Line of Duty continues at 9pm on BBC One on Sunday.Credit: Original article published here.