The latest episode of Line of Duty is set to break show records as the most searched for instalment of the popular police procedural drama, according to new research.
The study, by True Crime Mania, reveals that Sunday night’s edge-of-the-seat episode is on track to see a huge 49% uptick in Google searches compared to the series’ previous high.
Let’s have a look at some of the questions fans have been frantically Googling - and see if we can provide any answers.
How is Tommy Hunter related to DCI Joanne Davidson?
We know now that DCI Joanne Davidson is related to deceased OCG boss and paedophile, Tommy Hunter. But what did DI Steve Arnott mean when he referred to ‘homozygosity’?
I must admit, I had to Google this word. Homozygosity is the state of possessing two identical forms of a particular gene, one inherited from each parent. Inbreeding results in homozygosity, which means Davidson is the product of incest. Both her parents were related.
We also know that Davidson’s next of kin was called Samantha, now deceased. Is it possible that Hunter is Davidson’s uncle but that he abused and impregnated his own sister? Hunter was born in 1965, while Davidson was born in 1979. This means Hunter would have been 14 at the time he fathered Davidson.
It’s a head-spinning theory but a strong possibility.
Is Marcus Thurwell the fourth H?
James Nesbitt’s character, retired police officer Marcus Thurwell, was introduced in Sunday night’s episode through his involvement in a case dating back to 2003 – the death of a young black man, Lawrence Christopher, in police custody.
Previously, Thurwell’s name came up in series three. Now we know he’s retired, has been living in Spain and was the senior investigating officer on the case of murdered social worker, Oliver Stephens Lloyd, who tried to blow the whistle on the sex abuse going on at Sands View children’s home. The sex abuse ring included Tommy Hunter, councillor Dale Roach and former Chief Superintendent Patrick Fairbank. Thurwell passed off the social worker’s murder as suicide.
We also learned that Thurwell, former DS Ian Buckells (currently in prison) and Chief Constable Philip Osborne (the ‘bare-faced liar promoted to our highest office’) were all involved in the Lawrence Christopher case and the ensuing cover up. Hunter’s son Darren was one of five suspects in the racially motivated attack and Hunter was likely bribing the officers to protect his son. This is what journalist Gail Vella was working on when the OCG killed her.
Thurwell has only been a peripheral character thus far, but there are still two episodes to go and time for him to develop. Nevertheless, I think it’s unlikely he will turn out to be H. That would be too much of an anti-climax.
Is Kate dead?
If you don’t want to hear my theory, don’t read on. Ok, I don’t have the definitive answer to this one but I’ll stick my neck out and say no.
Sunday night’s episode ended with yet another tense cliffhanger – OCG member Ryan Pilkington and DS Kate Fleming involved in a car park shoot-out, while Joanne Davidson looked on. The episode wrapped with both yelling at each other to put their guns down, followed by two gunshots. Who survives?
On Monday, Adrian Dunbar appeared on Good Morning Britain and gave viewers a cryptic clue that stumped the presenters. When asked about Fleming’s fate, Dunbar replied that a lot of Line of Duty fans already knew what was going on.
Host Adil Ray said: “Are you saying there’s been a big clue that we haven’t caught on to?’, to which Dunbar replied: “Yes, there’s been a very big clue.”
Check out the season six trailer clip, if you really want to know the answer. It’s been shared by fans recently on social media. As yet unseen footage from the clip should settle any concerns you may have.
Or just wait until episode six to find out.
Why was Arnott so upset about Lee Bank’s revelation?
When Arnott visited OCG member Lee Banks in prison to discuss Gail Vella, the OCG crook informed Arnott that Ted Hastings had blown the cover of cop John Corbett in series five. This led to Corbett’s death.
Remember Hastings visited Banks himself last series? Why did he tell Banks who Corbett really was? In an interview last year, show creator Jed Mercurio explained that Hastings believed undercover cop Corbett would ‘consider his position and take refuge within the nearest police station’. Blowing his cover was all part of his plan to reel Corbett back into the force. But the plan backfired and he was murdered by Ryan Pilkington instead.
Arnott now knows that not only did Hastings inadvertently cause Corbett’s death, but he has since paid his widow £50,000 of dirty money. It’s Hasting’s atonement – paying her out of guilt.
What Hastings has done is unlawful and Arnott knows that. But he also tells Fleming that he knows why the boss did it. Will he keep schtum or squeal on the gaffer?