Is the audience really about to find out who is “H”? Well, according to the final trailer released earlier this week, the mystery may finally be revealed.
But it all sounds a bit too good to be true.
Line of Duty fans have good reason to think so, thanks to show creator Jed Mercurio’s twist endings story. But season six was the closest to the AC-12 to uncovering the truth behind the mysterious ‘H’.
The gripping tale interwoven across six seasons may come to an end, so here’s a look at all the possible theories behind the letter that has left UK viewers scratching their heads.
Is Hastings the man at the top?
He loves to catch “bent brasses” and he loves the “LETTER of the law”. But it wasn’t until the camera started to focus on him in season four that suspicions started to emerge.
Far from faultless, he’s been revealed to have financial trouble (often a catwalk to help the OCG), and his old-fashioned pun and male-centric office structure saw him targeted for allegations of sexism.
The main evidence against the gaffer is his misspelling of the word “definitely”. The spelling error has appeared in several episodes and was last seen in season six, episode five, where DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) is seen texting an unknown person through a computer .
After being asked to “get rid” of DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), Davidson asks if this would be her last job, and the unknown person replied, “Definitely.”
Hastings got into the mix by pretending to be computer communications from “H” to OCG, and misspelled the word “definitely”. The typo was brought up by DCI Patricia Carmichael – but Hastings took a look at it, saying he had studied ‘H’ typing style ‘very closely’.
I can’t help but think that we are headed in the wrong direction by believing that our beloved Ted Hastings is “Person H”. Handing the £ 50,000 under the table to John Corbett’s widow was a wacky move, but I don’t think he had the idea of running the OCG in him.
I want to know why Hastings got involved in the fight against corruption. His days in Northern Ireland were teased, but I bet he got into an argument with corrupt officers, made questionable deals, hated the lifestyle and has now dedicated his life to catching the best man. He is far from perfect, but he does not have the heart to order ruthless miscarriages of justice.
Is Carmicahel the “fourth woman”?
Loved for its flawless performance. Hated for his sarcasm, remarks Professor Umbridge.
But after reappearing in season six, Line of Duty fans became determined to prove Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin) to be ‘H’. Even watching the tapping of his pen
Fan theories on Carmichael include typing the Morse code for the letter H through his pen to intimidate Jo Davidson, and attorney Jimmy Lakewell advising Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) to “look beyond the pretense. racial ‘- remove the letters from the racial claim of Carmichael and he is equal to H.
Line of Duty fans sometimes amaze me.
However, evidence is starting to mount against Carmichael, most importantly, his consistent rejection of any questioning of OCG’s organized links to high-level corruption in the police force. Does she despise Hastings so much or is she trying to stray from the truth?
I can’t help but think that Carmichael is part of the larger corrupt network, and yet another pawn on the OCG chess board. Her character represents a hatred of the old guard, Hastings included, and she will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
Does that make him an “H”? No. But I think she’ll do whatever she can to stay on the police chief’s good books.
Is Philip Osborne the most obvious candidate?
After making a short but memorable appearance in the opening episode of Line of Duty, Police Chief Philip Osborne (Owen Teale) became the prime suspect for Person “ H ”.
He tries to dismantle the anti-corruption units, and it has been revealed that he had the motive for the murder of Gail Vella. The character also played a role in the institutional racism behind the death of Lawrence Christopher. A truly despicable character, all things considered.
We know he’s corrupt, but is he the best? The finale definitely needs to sort out a few details regarding its history.
We already know he’s corrupted (season one, episode one) but I’ll be disappointed if Osborne ends up being the best man. Jed Mercurio has consistently strayed from the obvious, and if the Chief of Police is revealed to be the best man in OCG, then it’s disappointing.
However, a full circle ending could be rewarding and the closure we so desperately want.
Is Marcus Thurwell calling the shots?
It’s a bit of a stretch, but believable, to know about Mercurio’s scriptwriting prowess. Seen dead with his wife in his Spanish home at the end of the penultimate episode, fans believe the retired policeman faked his own death – and some even believe he is a Spanish officer who confirmed the dead, because of those distinctive eyebrows.
Suspicious eyebrows aside, Thurwell has a corrupt past and served as the senior investigating officer into the death of Lawrence Christopher, and had connections to the Sands View Boys Home sex abuse scandal.
Computer communications have been linked to Spain, and there is a growing theory that Jo Davidson grew up believing Thurwell to be his real father. That might prove to be correct after the mind-boggling revelations of homozgyosity within Davidson and Tommy Hunter’s family.
He is currently my favorite for the fourth man. He took the lead from his home in Spain and paid for his lavish retirement lifestyle with the money he earned helping the OCG.
While it doesn’t seem plausible that “ every investigation has led to this, ” as Thurwell is a new entry in the series. But it also seems illogical to bring in an actor of James Nesbitt’s caliber and kill him after 90 seconds onscreen.
Does H mean seat?
Have we been pointed in the wrong direction by believing that “H” is a person?
Due to the amount of work this fourth person takes on, the work could be shared by, and let me give my best impression of Hastings here, “an underground network of high-ranking corrupt police officers.”
Deputy Chief Constable Andre Wise has continually taken orders from the top, steered Hastings into early retirement and supported reducing the fight against corruption.
Police Commissioner Rohan Sinwhani showed nuances of good after deciding to step down. But what did he witness while in the belly of the beast, and could that be enough to destroy the entire Central Office?
This seems the most logical explanation behind the letter “H”. The show did a great job of making us believe he’s a “fourth man,” but I think the OCG has dirt on all top officials. At least enough dirt to keep them in their pocket.
The outer suitor?
Much like Hastings in seasons four and five, the camera began to paint Kate Fleming in a shaded light.
Viewers saw that Fleming left the AC-12 after Hasting’s behavior, but it was her suspicious behavior in season six, episodes five, and six that led viewers to believe she was working with the OCG. Not to mention, her full name is Katherine … and there’s an H in there.
Unfortunately, I think this is a step too far. Line of Duty was brilliant at raising our suspicions, but we also forgot that it’s okay for “good guys” to have flaws. Kate, Steve’s “mate”, is too good at picking up bent brass to be one herself.
A theory too good to be true?
Steve Arnott has mostly escaped corruption allegations. But what if the show’s protagonist is really the villain behind it all?
The evidence is thin, but fun to consider.
Could Arnott have put on a London accent and really is part of the Glasgow crime family? It seems far-fetched, until you realize that Martin Compston is the only actor who doesn’t use his native accent.
Through all of the Morse Stylus tapping and James Nesbitt’s eyebrows, this is by far my favorite theory. Simply because I want to witness the end of Scooby Doo which sees Steve Arnott turn to the camera and reveal his thick Scottish accent.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-01 09:05:22