Line Of Duty ended on a tense cliffhanger last week after gunshots were fired as DI Kate Fleming and bent copper Ryan Pilkington held up their weapons.
And viewers were relieved to learn that Kate had survived the shoot out and the corrupt police officer had met a grizzly end, after working as an inside man in the Murder Investigation Team (MIT) for the Organised Crime Group (OCG).
After being lured to a lonely car park by DCI Jo Davidson [Kelly MacDonald] during the previous episode, Kate [Vicky McClure] was met by armed officer Ryan who said he planned to kill her as he held up his gun and aimed it at her.
She’s alive! Line Of Duty ended on a tense cliffhanger last week after gunshots were fired as DI Kate Fleming and bent copper Ryan Pilkington held up their weapons
The episode ended as two gun shots sounded, before the new episode revealed that Ryan had been shot twice in the chest by Kate, who soon fled the scene with Jo in a Thelma and Louise-inspired fashion.
When DI Steve Arnott arrived with the AC-12 unit they discovered that Kate and Jo had gone on the run. DCS Patricia Carmichael could be heard telling officers that the duo were considered to be ‘armed and dangerous’.
Despite the gripping hunt for Jo and Kate which commenced, fans were overjoyed that one of their favourite characters had survived.
Cliffhanger: After being lured to a lonely car park by DCI Jo Davidson (pictured) [Kelly MacDonald] during the previous episode, Kate [Vicky McClure] was met by armed officer Ryan
Man down: The episode ended as two gun shots sounded, before the new episode revealed that Ryan had been shot twice in the chest by Kate, who soon fled the scene with Jo in a Thelma and Louise-inspired fashion
Taking to Twitter to share their joy, one wrote: ‘So relieved Kate Fleming lived to see another day #lineofduty #lineofduty6.’
Another said: ‘Well first of all Kate is alive!! Yipeee. Then wow that a shot Kate! Too good of an ending for Ryan but fair play to the actor brilliant baddie.
‘Poor Jo I hope she lives and as for Carmichael.. b****!!!’
Thank goodness! Despite the gripping hunt for Jo and Kate which commenced, fans were overjoyed that one of their favourite characters had survived
Another questioned Kate’s motives and said: ‘Wait, is Kate bent!? PLEASE NO. (But glad she’s alive like) #LineOfDuty.’
A different viewer wrote: ‘Kate is alive, a firearms officer and it turns out a dab hand at handbrake turns. Icon. #LineOfDuty.’
Another commented: ‘Meanwhile, it’s a mixed bag for Kate. She’s alive!! But she’s hit an all-time low in police custody grey jersey.’
For emergencies: After fleeing the crime scene, Kate and Jo head to Steve’s house and take his car because he and Kate have access to each other’s homes ‘for emergencies’
Trust: In order to buy her trust after just leading her to be murdered, Jo takes Kate’s gun and touches it so that her prints are on the weapon – and it looks like she killed Ryan
One said: ‘And the wee donkey! #LineOfDuty Exhausted after that, but so glad #Kate is still alive.’
A Twitter user joked: ‘Just lost a fiver because Kate’s alive, so delighted but also fuming #LineOfDuty.’
One other said: ‘OMG that ‘ma’am’ Carmichael’s dodgy face needs a slap! At least Kate is alive, I can breathe again! #LineOfDuty.’
Hands up! This pivotal bit of information was revealed once Arnott had talked Kate into surrendering and he was going over the events back at headquarters with Hastings
Exchange: Explaining that he and Kate have keys to each others cars and houses for when there’s an ‘unexplained disruption to the chain of command’ he was left stunned when Carmichael cruelly revealed Hastings secret and approaching retirement
Another joyful fan said: ‘I’ve seen loads of stuff about Carmichael et all but let’s just celebrate shall we, Kate is ALIVE.’
One person said they wanted to see Ryan get interrogated by AC-12, and said: ‘I am so happy #KateLives but did they have to kill Ryan off?
‘I wanted to see him in the glass box! #LineOfDuty.’
One said: ‘And the wee donkey! #LineOfDuty Exhausted after that, but so glad #Kate is still alive’
After fleeing the crime scene, Kate and Jo head to Steve’s house and take his car because he and Kate have access to each other’s homes ‘for emergencies’.
In order to buy her trust after just leading her to be murdered, Jo takes Kate’s gun and touches it so that her prints are on the weapon – and it looks like she killed Ryan.
While many were simply happy that Kate had survived another episode, other viewers were confused as to why Kate ran.
It casted doubt in some viewer’s minds over her intentions, as they couldn’t understand why she would run if she lawfully killed Ryan.
One viewer said: ‘Does anyone understand why Kate ran? I really can’t think why.’
Another questioned: ‘Still not sure why Kate ran #LineOfDuty.’
A third said: ‘I still don’t get why Jo and Kate ran? #LineOfDuty.’
In agreement, another said: ‘Ok, can anyone explain why Kate and Jo ran in the first place? Everyone knew Ryan was dodgy and it was self defence? #LineOfDuty.’
Her actions even left some wondering if she could be the illusive ‘H’.
One person said: ‘Why am I low-key thinking that Kate could be H? It’s low-key weird that they ran.’
A different user said: ‘Kate is involved in the shooting of a police officer (okay yes a corrupt one) and ran away from the scene of the crime. The tracking of the car is dodgy but why does she think they’re being set up…? #LineOfDuty.’
One also said: ‘Am I missing something here, why wouldn’t Kate just stay at the scene?’
Reaction: It casted doubt in some viewer’s minds over her intentions, as they couldn’t understand why she would run if she lawfully killed Ryan
Earlier this week, eagle-eyed Line Of Duty fans were convinced they had solved the outcome of the intense shootout between Ryan and Kate, after spotting a ‘dead body’ in a preview of Sunday’s episode.
The AC-12 undercover specialist and the show’s villain [Gregory Piper] drew their guns on last week’s show while screaming at each other to drop their weapons.
And as the screen faded to black at the end of the dramatic cliffhanger episode, two bullets could be heard firing.
Revealing: Earlier this week, eagle-eyed Line Of Duty fans were convinced they had solved the outcome of the intense shootout between Ryan and Kate
But viewers appeared to have deduced the outcome of the gun battle before the next instalment, after spotting a dead body which resembles Ryan.
Also, in another trailer which was released before the start of the new season in March, fans noted certain scenes including detective Kate which haven’t aired yet.
They were quick to point out one blink-and-you-miss-it scene which sees Kate standing next to Jo.
Fans thus concluded the scene must happen in the aftermath of the shooting – indicating Kate survives.
Stand off: The AC-12 undercover specialist and the show’s villain (Gregory Piper) drew their guns on last week’s show in a nail-biting cliffhanger
Dramatic: After screaming at each other to drop their weapon the screen faded to black and two bullets could be heard firing (pictured Ryan)
One viewer took to Twitter and said: ‘Looks like a Ryan Pilkington lying dead in the lorry park from the trailer.
‘Did Jo have a gun and stop him? Did Kate shoot first? Is Kate alive? Did AC-12 arrive in time? So many questions from that unbelievable cliffhanger.’
Another fan concurred: ‘Ryan is actually shot dead (look at the body laying on the floor between the black van and the police car).’
A third viewer said: ‘Yes I’m that person who goes back and analyses the original trailer after each episode and isn’t this the location from the the last scene in tonight? There is a body on the floor. Ryan?’
Detective work: Sleuth Line Of Duty fans shared their theory over who survives the shootout, noting scenes which appeared in trailers but are yet to air in the series
A fourth viewer added: ‘But we know Kate and Jo aren’t dead because we’ve seen clips of them in the trailers that haven’t been aired yet #lineofduty.’
Another Line Of Duty fan said online: ‘#LineofDuty I am hopeful for Kate as the original trailer for the series had Kate and Jo with their hands in the air with Steve pointing his gun at them.
‘They were wearing the clothes they had on in the last scene!’
Shock: Earlier on Sunday’s episode, Kate was lured to a derelict location by AC-12 target DCI Jo Davidson (pictured) who turns out to be related to OCG boss Tommy Hunter
Gun at the ready: Ryan appeared from a car at the dingy location and drew a gun on her with the intention to kill her, but Kate stalled Ryan as she informed him that they have surveillance
Elsewhere during the new episode, fans were left convinced that Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael is the fourth man after Sunday’s episode.
The officer, played by Anna Maxwell Martin, placed herself at the centre of the action as she ordered Kate Fleming be arrested following the shootout and then tried to shut down Ted Hastings’ questions during a very intense interview of Jo.
Some viewers even theorised that Carmichael was trying to send a message during the ‘puzzling’ interview – which also saw Jo discover her paternity despite offering more ‘no comments’ than answers – based on how often she tapped her pen.
Could it be? Line of Duty fans were left convinced that Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael is the fourth man after Sunday’s episode
Carmichael was first seen arriving at the scene of last week’s cliffhanger.
And after finding Ryan’s body with two bullet wounds to the chest and being told by Hastings that Kate has been authorised to carry a concealed weapon, Carmichael declared them ‘armed and dangerous’.
She also caught eagle-eyed viewers attention once Kate and Jo were apprehended by police following a high-speed car chase – as it transpired was made possible after she and the chief gave orders to track all of AC-12s vehicles.
Trying to hide something? The officer, played by Anna Maxwell Martin, tried to shut down Ted Hastings’ questions during a very intense interview of Jo Davidson
This pivotal bit of information was revealed once Arnott had talked Kate into surrendering and he was going over the events back at headquarters with Hastings.
Explaining that he and Kate have keys to each others cars and houses for when there’s an ‘unexplained disruption to the chain of command’ he was left stunned when Carmichael cruelly revealed Hastings secret and approaching retirement.
However despite all of this already raising suspicion, it was during the intense – and very long – interview of Jo that many viewers decided that Carmichael must be H or at the very least involved with the OCG herself.
The interview saw Jo discover that her uncle Tommy Hunter was actually her father as well, with the officer emotionally revealing that her mother had told her she’d been raped as a teenager and how ‘uncle’ Tommy controlled both of their lives.
Despite Jo finally starting to open up on some points after numerous ‘no comments’, Carmichael repeatedly shut down Arnott and Hastings’ questions whenever they verged on talk of corruption in the force.
Theories: Some viewers even theorised that Carmichael was trying to send a message during the interview based on how often she tapped her pen
Emotional: Jo Davidson broke down as she discovered her true relationship to Tommy Hunter
On fan said Carmicheal’s behaviour here left them thinking she was H, tweeting: ‘That was a tense interview scene. Carmichael didn’t wanna go into any police corruption at all. Jo protecting Kate. All very puzzling.’
Another simply stated: ‘Carmichael absolutely the fourth caddy that interview gave everything away #LineofDuty’
While others even theorised that Carmichael was sending out some kind of message during the interview, based on how often she tapped her pen.
A third summed up the opinion of many as they quoted Hastings and said: ‘Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey! Line of Duty that was intense from start to finish!
‘Carmichael shutting down every question about and reference to OCG links to high ranking police officers…’
Giving orders: Carmichael was seen arriving at the scene of last week’s cliffhanger where Kate Fleming and Ryan Pilkington pointed their guns at each other and two shots were heard before the screen went black
Calling the shots: She demanded the two officers put down their guns after the high-speed police chase
One person wrote: ‘Carmichael tapped her pen 4 times in the interview . . . . = H in morse code.’
And another agreed, adding: ‘Carmichael is H she has to be. Why is she tapping the table 4 times? #lineofdutyday #LOD’
However one fan suggested that Osborne was H, and Carmichael was actually trying to cover for him, tweeting: ‘Osborne has got to be H, and that’s who Jo thought her father was?
‘Carmichael shut down the convo every time Osborne was mentioned. Whoever Jo thought her dad was, that’s H right? Also I can’t hack Ted Hastings being upset like this so I’d appreciate less of that #LineofDuty
This Morse code theory popped up during Arnott’s questioning of Davidson, specifically when he tried to get information about Gail Vella’s laptop and computer.
Theories: Fans were quick to declare that Carmichael is H, with some also suggesting the Morse code theory
Although Davidson remained tight-lipped, Carmichael did seem to start sweating a little as she tapped her pen four times and took a sip of water.
Morse Code is an alphabet that spells out words or messages using a series of short and long sounds, with the officer appearing to make four taps and spell out H.
Carmichael again set alarm bells ringing whens he cut off Hastings at the end of the interview following his knockout question about Osborne being H.
Cutting off the AC-12 head’s question, she declared that Davidson was being charged with ‘perverting course of justice and misfeasance in public office’.
Elsewhere in the interview, Jo told her version of what happened during the shootout with Ryan Pilkington.
Davidson told the other officers that it wasn’t Kate who killed the bent cop, but her using Kate’s gun.
Even when Carmichael pointed out that the forensic evidence pointed to Kate being the shooter, Davidson had an answer saying gunshot residue must have been absorbed by Kate’s sleeve as she fired and insisting that she killed Ryan.
Carmichael was later seen talking to Kate as she finished up her own interview and teasing that she didn’t believe Davidson’s version of events.
She said: ‘Two shots to the chest, like a firearms trained officer. Davidson’s not firearms trained is she? But you are though aren’t you Kate?’