Well, that all escalated quickly… Just a mere six weeks after welcoming AC-12 back with open arms, it’s all over for another series.
8 things we learned from the Line of Duty series finale
Despite all evidence throughout season five pointing a finger to Ted Hastings being the criminal mastermind H, it turned out that it was in fact four bent coppers/lawyers: Hilton, Cottan, Gill – and one more, who is still yet to be found, presumably the focus for series six which (hurrah) has already been confirmed.
And true to form, the last episode, which aired on Sunday 5 May, ended everyone’s favourite way: with a little update on each character and what happened next.
Here’s all what happened to all the major characters in this series in full – and the hint of what’s to come in the future:
We’re told: “Detective Inspector Kate Fleming received a commendation for her inquiries into Operation Pear Tree.”
But she’s shown holding a note from her husband saying “Waited as long as we could. Went to the pictures as promised” – so at what cost has this been to her marriage?
We’re told: “An independent investigation exonerated Detective Sargent Steve Arnott in the shooting of Police Constable Martina Tranter. He was awarded an commendation alongside DI Fleming.”
But then he’s shown chugging back a few painkillers in his lonely bachelor pad. Maaate.
We’re told: “In return for witness protection Lisa McQueen revealed information on organised criminal activities and personnel. Under an alias, Lisa educates teenagers to avoid crime.”
Bah hahah – we know she lied to AC-12 about the remaining gang members, so excuse me if I’m not buying this reformed character business.
We’re told: “Ryan Pilkington has been accepted for training as a student police officer”
I knew it! The little sociopath is going to infiltrate the police force to carry out gangland activity. The only training he’s doing is working out how to overthrow H so he can be top dog.
We’re told: “For assisting subsequent prosecutions, Gill Biggeloe received a new identity. Her current whereabouts are confidential.”
Is this…fair? She seemed to get off pretty scot-free for the whole business of being a lynch pin in the OCG and for being responsible for Corbett’s death. It’s then revealed she lives in a run-down terrace house somewhere and she’s looking pretty drab too, so maybe this is punishment enough for Gill.
We’re told: “Thanks to Biggeloe’s evidence, Mark Moffat was convicted of bribery. At his trial, he claimed the money detected in Edward Hastings’ hotel room was only half the sum. No evidence has been uncovered to account for a missing £50,000.”
However, then Hastings is seen giving a brown envelope to Corbett’s widow – compensation for Corbett’s death. So, Hastings wasn’t entirely honest about the money – is he hiding anything else?
We’re told: “A formal misconduct hearing into unauthorised undercover operations found Superintendent Hastings guilty of discreditable conduct. Following a final written warning Hastings continues to command anti-corruption unit 12.”
Yes! Hastings lives to fight another day. But this is his very last warning, mind.