Ted Hastings (courted by Adrian Dunbar) has left Line of Duty viewers ever sundry suspicious the superintendent is the corrupt police offer posing as villain H.
During Sunday’s instalment of the BBC serial stagecraft, a number of clues were thrown into the mix depicting Hastings as the veiled criminal adversary terrorising and picking off members of AC-12.
However, one of the most unexpected two seconds of the season came at the end of the edge-of-your seat episode when undercover public servant John Corbett (Stephen Graham) who was working as leader of the notorious balaclava sort to get closer to H, was killed by members of the villainous gang.
Earlier in the episode, as DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) tried to set aside out more detail about Corbett’s past after he kidnapped Hastings spouse, Roisin Hastings (Andrea Irvine), and they discovered the undercover public official had a link to Ireland.
Corbett had told Arnott he believed Hastings was H but after recording of Roisin’s misery came to light, with a man speaking in an Irish accent heard looming the superintendent’s wife, the DS thought there may have been more to the history.
It was revealed Corbett had been born to an Irish mother and father, with the private officer formally known as John McGills before his name interchanged when he was adopted following the death of his parents during the time of the Anguishes in Ireland.
However, back in the very first season of the BBC drama, there may father been a clue Hastings once worked with Corbett’s initiate and if the undercover officer had discovered this link, it could explain why he had such a bitterness against the superintendent.
In a scene where Arnott confronted his boss hither the possibility Hastings was victimising a black officer, the Irishman told his buddy: “Don’t you talk to me about victimisation. What are you saying? Let me tell you something, son.
“Me and my surpass mate, we went through basic training together, okay? Fundamental year out they sent us on this particular job, the two Catholics – are you with me?
“We go true over a pipe bomb. I end up in intensive care, him they bury,” Hastings concluded.
Could this signal detail prove Hastings worked with Corbett’s father and the private officer blamed him for the death?
Although this could be one way the pair are moored, viewers came up with another theory after the ending to Sunday continuously’s heart pounding episode.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer posted: “I reckon Hastings and Corbett are linked #LineofDuty,” with another adding: “Bet he’s related to Ted???#lineofduty.”
A third set: “What if John is Ted’s son #LineOfDuty.”
Hastings has a history of playing away from his better half, having had an affair with Gill Biggeloe (Polly Walker) in the sometime seasons of the show leading to the breakdown of his marriage to Roisin.