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Line Of Duty: Hastings and Patricia Carmichael face off in new photos from series finale

The series five finale of Line Of Duty airs on Sunday, and with just five days to go, the BBC have given sofa detectives some more vital clues in the case of ‘H’. 

The hugely popular show’s penultimate episode saw AC-12 boss, Superintendent Ted Hastings arrested for conspiracy to murder, with all the clues pointing to him to be the mysterious super villain ‘H’.

But new photos of the series finale released on Wednesday seem to prove that Hastings isn’t the top bent copper.

Finale: Line Of Duty have unveiled a series of new images from the series five final episode, which airs on Sunday

Finale: Line Of Duty have unveiled a series of new images from the series five final episode, which airs on Sunday 

The series of images focus on Ted, played by Adrian Dunbar, in a room with new character DCS Patricia Carmichael.

But while last week Patricia and Ted were facing off in an interrogation, ending with Ted’s arrest for conspiracy to murder undercover copper John Corbett, the new images show them in what looks like a police briefing room.

Ted is still out of police uniform and in the prison jumper he was seen in at the close of the penultimate episode, but this time he’s standing shoulder to shoulder with Patricia, suggesting he’s helping to solve the case.

Helping: The new photos seem to prove that Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, pictured centre) isn't 'H' as after being thrown in a prison cell last week he now appears to be helping with the investigation alongside Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin and Tranter (Natalie Gavin)

Helping: The new photos seem to prove that Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, pictured centre) isn’t ‘H’ as after being thrown in a prison cell last week he now appears to be helping with the investigation alongside Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin and Tranter (Natalie Gavin)

It looks as though Ted is helping with an investigation as a huge map is on the wall behind him and he appears to be examining evidence on a table.

Further proving he is not being questioned, is the absence of his federation rep Joel Rossport (Peter De Jersey), who sat in on his interview last week. 

One significant photo shows AC-12 Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) on a radio as she joins the briefing with Ted and Patricia, while a brunette woman can be glimpsed in Ted’s eyeline.

Is that Gill? One significant photo shows Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) on a radio as she joins the briefing with Ted and Patricia, while a brunette woman can be glimpsed in Ted's eyeline

Is that Gill? One significant photo shows Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) on a radio as she joins the briefing with Ted and Patricia, while a brunette woman can be glimpsed in Ted’s eyeline

Drama: Another shot shows a perturbed looking DCS Patricia looking at something on a monitor with DCC Wise (Elizabeth Rider) sat beside her

Drama: Another shot shows a perturbed looking DCS Patricia looking at something on a monitor with DCC Wise (Elizabeth Rider) sat beside her

Friends or foes? While last week Patricia and Ted were facing off in an interrogation room, the new images show them in what looks like a police briefing room

Bee in her bonnet? Patricia looks stern-faced in the new shots, suggesting her theory that Hastings is H could be wrong

Friends or foes? While last week Patricia and Ted were facing off in an interrogation room, the new images show them in what looks like a police briefing room

There he is! Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) appears in one photo, joining the group in the briefing room, which has a huge map on the wall

There he is! Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) appears in one photo, joining the group in the briefing room, which has a huge map on the wall 

While her face cannot be seen, the woman bears a resemblance to police lawyer Gill Biggeloe (Polly Walker), who is the current bookies favourite to be unveiled as ‘H’, with fans citing the first mention of ‘H’ as a significant clue. 

Bent copper Dot gave the codename H to Kate Fleming when he blinked to signal the letter while on his deathbed at the end of series three.

But while for two seasons the show has referred to ‘H’, some fans have suggested Dot actually meant to signal ‘G’ and he ‘blinked too slowly’.  

New evidence? Wise and Carmichael don't look pleased with the new twists and turns

New evidence? Wise and Carmichael don’t look pleased with the new twists and turns 

Bringing in H: Elizabeth Rider and the show's new star Anna Maxwell Martin appear to have key scenes in the finale

Bringing in H: Elizabeth Rider and the show's new star Anna Maxwell Martin appear to have key scenes in the finale

Bringing in H: Elizabeth Rider and the show’s new star Anna Maxwell Martin appear to have key scenes in the finale 

Popular addition: Anna stole scenes in her debut episode last week, interrogating Hastings and arresting him for conspiracy to murder John Corbett

Popular addition: Anna stole scenes in her debut episode last week, interrogating Hastings and arresting him for conspiracy to murder John Corbett

Where's the uniform? Ted is still in the prison jumper he was seen in at the close of the penultimate episode, but this time it looks as thought he's helping to solve the case

Where’s the uniform? Ted is still in the prison jumper he was seen in at the close of the penultimate episode, but this time it looks as thought he’s helping to solve the case

Everyone's there! Sergeant Tranter, who first appeared in last week's episode, also pops up in the photos, as she helps her boss Carmichael with the case

Everyone’s there! Sergeant Tranter, who first appeared in last week’s episode, also pops up in the photos, as she helps her boss Carmichael with the case

Things are getting serious: Wise and Carmichael appear to have a tense moment in the final snap

Things are getting serious: Wise and Carmichael appear to have a tense moment in the final snap

One fan tweeted on Sunday: ‘A lot of people are saying Gill is H… maybe when Dot recorded his dying declaration he blinked on G and that got mistaken as H??!! 

Another agreed, writing: ‘Still think Gill Bigelow is H. And also when Dot Cotton blinked, he was blinking G … Kate just couldn’t count. #LineOfDuty.’ 

‘So I thought Gill could be ‘H’ assuming Kate mistook Dot’s blinking as H not G. But then OCG call him/her H so either that name was leaked from police or it really is an ‘H’? I always assumed that H had a real name and we said H because of the ‘blink’ code from Dot #LineOfDuty,’ pointed out another confused fan.  

Remember this? Bent copper Dot gave the codename H to Kate Fleming when he blinked to signal the letter while on his deathbed at the end of series three

Remember this? Bent copper Dot gave the codename H to Kate Fleming when he blinked to signal the letter while on his deathbed at the end of series three

Wild theory: While for two seasons the show has referred to 'H', some fans have suggested Dot actually meant to signal 'G' and he 'blinked too slowly' with Gill Biggeloe now in the frame

Wild theory: While for two seasons the show has referred to ‘H’, some fans have suggested Dot actually meant to signal ‘G’ and he ‘blinked too slowly’ with Gill Biggeloe now in the frame 

Others were adamant Gill has set up Hastings following their affair which never really got started. ‘Beyond confused but Could it be Gill seeking revenge after being turned down by #hastings , could she be the secret H . You’ve set him up Gill I’m convinced @Line_of_dutyI’m thinking Gill is H. Let slip to Ted she used to be a criminal defence lawyer so links to crims,’ tweeted a fan.   

Gill was seen in the latest episode of series five offering to help Hastings before his interrogation and arrest.  

She informed the Superintendent that he was due to be investigated by East Midlands Constabulary’s AC-3, and urged him to consider retiring so he could avoid disciplinary procedures. 

Tense: Gill was seen in the latest episode of series five offering to help Hastings before his interrogation and arrest

Tense: Gill was seen in the latest episode of series five offering to help Hastings before his interrogation and arrest

Shock: She informed the Superintendent that he was due to be investigated by East Midlands Constabulary's AC-3

Shock: She informed the Superintendent that he was due to be investigated by East Midlands Constabulary’s AC-3

She also offered to represent him as his solicitor, having previously worked as a defence lawyer, but Ted refused both offers.

Fans are hoping H’s identity will be revealed in next week’s final episode, but with two more series confirmed and Mecurio’s love of a cliffhanger, nothing is certain.

The theories are wide-ranging with Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin), who had her first scenes in the show on Sunday, the latest name in the frame.

Names in the frame: Fans are hoping H's identity will be revealed in next week's final episode, with  Carmichael, who had her first scenes in the show on Sunday, the latest suspect

Names in the frame: Fans are hoping H’s identity will be revealed in next week’s final episode, with  Carmichael, who had her first scenes in the show on Sunday, the latest suspect

Back when series five began it was thought the mystery had been solved, with DCC Derek Hilton – who was killed at the end of series four – the main man. But with H’s activities still ongoing after Hilton’s death that theory seems dead and buried. 

Another dead copper Les Hargreaves was also in the frame earlier this series, but it seems more likely he was just another corrupt copper hired by the OCG and not the top man. 

Minor characters like DCC Andrea Wise aren’t out of the running either, with Wise conveniently being the one who removed Ted from the investigation into Operation Peartree,

Demise: Dead copper Les Hargreaves was also in the frame earlier this series

Demise: Dead copper Les Hargreaves was also in the frame earlier this series

Could it be her? Minor characters like DCC Andrea Wise aren't out of the running either

Could it be her? Minor characters like DCC Andrea Wise aren’t out of the running either

Iconic: Top names from previous series are also in the frame, including Thandie Newton's character Roz Huntley

Iconic: Top names from previous series are also in the frame, including Thandie Newton’s character Roz Huntley

Top names from previous series are also in the frame, including Thandie Newton’s character Roz Huntley – whose surname at least fits the profile.

Meanwhile Rochenda Sandall, who plays OCG member Lisa McQueen, wasn’t giving away any clues when she appeared on This Morning on Monday.  

When asked about the fan theory that series lead and AC-12 veteran Kate Fleming could be H, Rochenda coyly replied: ‘Oh really? I’ve not heard that yet…’ 

Line of Duty series five concludes on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One. 

Keeping mum: Rochenda Sandall, who plays OCG member Lisa McQueen, wasn't giving away any clues when she appeared on This Morning on Monday

Keeping mum: Rochenda Sandall, who plays OCG member Lisa McQueen, wasn’t giving away any clues when she appeared on This Morning on Monday

Is it Kate?! When asked about the fan theory that series lead and AC-12 veteran Kate Fleming could be H, Rochenda coyly replied: 'Oh really? I've not heard that yet...'

Is it Kate?! When asked about the fan theory that series lead and AC-12 veteran Kate Fleming could be H, Rochenda coyly replied: ‘Oh really? I’ve not heard that yet…’

 

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