Does this Line Of Duty clue reveal Marcus Thurwell is still alive?

Dusty Baxter-Wright
·3-min read
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Photo credit: BBC

The penultimate episode of Line Of Duty aired last night, and it slightly feels like we're no closer to finding out who's behind Gail Vella's murder, or who the notorious 'H' could be. Fans do have a new theory about Marcus Thurwell, though, which centres around whether the retired senior police officer is actually still alive.

*Spoilers*

In case you missed it, viewers were first introduced to Marcus Thurwell, played by James Nesbitt, in the fifth episode of the sixth series.

We find out that Thurwell retired from the force in 2005, after working on the Lawrence Christopher case in 2003 (when a young Black man died in police custody) which Gail Vella was looking into. Though he was briefly questioned by AC-12 in 2015 over Sands View, he vanished to Spain when former Chief Superintendent Patrick Fairbank was convicted, and AC-12 are suspicious of his OCG links.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

So much so, that they linked up with the Spanish police force during last night's episode [25 April] to try and locate Thurwell, to see if he could shed any light on the corruption within the police force, or Gail Vella's investigation.

When local authorities raided the house Thurwell was believed to be staying in , they found only the corpses of a man and a woman inside, declaring him dead.

Viewers were less than convinced, though, taking to Twitter to speculate about the grainy bodycam footage and to question whether Thurwell was actually alive. Many also said the police officer looked suspiciously like him, and they could've easily faked his death. Hmm.

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"Erm. Why does this chap look just like Marcus Thurwell??! (Actor: James Nesbitt)" one person wrote about the police officer, while another said, "There is no way Marcus Thurwell is dead. You don’t bring in James Nesbitt to not have him appear once on screen."

Other fans are wondering whether Marcus is the police officer Jo Davidson was referring to when she told Kate Fleming her father was a bent copper.

"Marcus Thurwell is 100% who Jo Davidson thought was her dad," one person wrote. "Also, don't think he's really dead."

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Photo credit: BBC

SO MANY LOOSE ENDS.

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