It was supposed to be the moment when the identity of the mysterious ‘H’ was revealed in last night’s Line of Duty finale.
Warning: spoilers below.
But the finale to series five of Line Of Duty left fans disappointed when ‘H’ was revealed to be not one person, but four bent coppers inside the force.
As prime suspect, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), was left to fight for his survival in tense interview scenes with DCS Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McLure) raced against the clock to find evidence that would clear their gaffer’s name.
After scrutinising Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan’s deathbed confession, Arnott concluded that ‘H’ wasn’t just one person but four bent coppers – Cottan himself, Derek Hilton and, revealed in last night’s finale, Gill Biggeloe.
One more corrupt policeman or woman is left to be identified.
With the revelation that Dot tapped out ‘four’ in Morse code as he lay dying at the end of series three, fans took to Twitter to voice their frustration.
— ❤️ (@spreaddsmiles) May 6, 2019
— Geraldine Herbert (@GerHerbert1) May 6, 2019
Line of Duty was so boring and repetitive tonight I struggled to stay awake. 7 years, 5 series & hours of viewing & the most anti climatic ending possible. We all had theories which were better than this. I feel let down & doubt I'll watch it again. #LineOfDuty #LineofDutyFinale
— Jen thinks (@Hoppurrsneeze) May 6, 2019
— MontyMoo (@montymoo01) May 6, 2019
What confuses me about the Dot Cotton finger counting theory is this; that at the end of the shooting scene in series 3, there is clearly no one filming his dying declaration to Kate!#LineofDutyFinale @jed_mercurio @BBCOne pic.twitter.com/PJ6yO9TuGs
— April Dwyer (@apes147) May 6, 2019
Total letdown of an episode #LineofDutyFinale
— Nihari (@NihariFan) May 6, 2019
But some fans lapped up the twists and the turns.
— Tracy Dargan (@Dargan1T) May 6, 2019
— Sheila Vanloo (@SheilaVanloo) May 5, 2019
— Laura Evans (@LauraEvansUYP) May 5, 2019
Despite the fact ‘H’ wasn’t revealed and that Dot Cottan’s dying Morse code taps left many fans cheated and befuddled, the nation was united on one thing: fan favourite Ted Hastings cleared his name and survives to fight another day.
— Robert Rhodes (@robertrhodes22) May 6, 2019
Line Of Duty will return for a sixth series on BBC One.
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