Gregory Piper (second from right) as Ryan alongside (left to right) Miroslav (Tomi May), McQueen (Rochenda Sandall), Corbett (Stephen Graham) and Lee (Alastair Natkiel) (Credits: BBC/World Productions)
*Warning: This article contains spoilers for Line of Duty series 6 episode 2.
Gregory Piper has teased Line of Duty fans after THAT epic twist for Ryan Pilkington on Sunday night.
Last night’s episode featured a huge bombshell as the actor’s character – who he’s played since the very first series aired back in 2012 – returned as a member of the police force on DCI Jo Davidson’s team.
Gregory wasted no time basking in the glory of the big reveal as he took to social media minutes after the show went off the air to revel in his alter ego’s new role.
Alongside shocked, mind blown, police car and siren emojis, he tweeted: ‘PC Pilkington reporting for duty #LOD6’.
When viewers were first introduced to Ryan in series one, he was seen committing low-level crimes for the Organised Crime Group.
Initially delivering burner phones for the OCG and Tommy Hunter (Brian McCardie), he would eventually have a deeper involvement in their activities, and by the fifth season he was in with Lisa McQueen (Rochenda Sandall) and John Corbett (Stephen Graham).
He was even the one to cut Corbett’s throat when he was revealed as an undercover cop.
At the end of series five, Ryan was seen joining the force, we assume with the goal of carrying on his work as an inside job.
Now, he’s been drafted onto Davidson’s team, although there’s a chance he could be rumbled by several people who know who he really is.
Terry Boyle (Tommy Jessop) – now released without changed – has long been tormented by him, and he knows about his history with organised crime.
DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) certainly seemed to recognise him, although she couldn’t quite put her finger on where she knows him from.
Of course, viewers will remember she interviewed him with he was younger.
And in a smart move, Ryan also avoided being recognised as he turned his back on DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) when AC-12 arrived at the station.
Fans loved the big reveal, with many flooding Gregory’s tweet with their reactions to the bombshell.
One wrote: ‘Honestly love that your story line has continued from Season 1, brilliant when tv shows do this! Keeps the viewer so invested! Brilliant work even though I hate your character’.
Another added: ‘I’m going to end up REALLY disliking you aren’t I?! (sic)’
And a different fan said: ‘Fantastic episode! Screamed whenever you were on screen! This is going to be a fantastic series’.
Line of Duty airs Sundays at 9pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.