This article contains spoilers for Line of Duty series 6.
Line of Duty series 6 is only two episodes in and already fans are concerned about Steve Arnott's addiction issues with painkillers, DI Kate Fleming's abandonment of AC-12 and her relationship with the seemingly dodgy DCI Jo Davidson.
Many viewers are also worried that the unharmonious and fractured nature of these main characters could foresee their tragic demise, which former actor Craig Parkinson (aka The Caddy) has suggested could happen in series 6, and not least because the show's tagline is "lies cost lives".
"Already, it's scaring me. I feel something tragic is gonna happen to some character that we love," Parkinson told BBC Sounds' Obsessed with… Line of Duty podcast.
"What the hell are we gonna do if something happens to Kate [Vicky McClure], Steve [Martin Compston] or Ted [Adrian Dunbar]?"
When asked which character might be about to meet a sticky end, Parkinson suggested Steve, due to his addiction issues and ongoing back pain.
"See, do you know who I think might be heading for the chop, so to speak?" he announced. "It's poor Steve, at the moment. He's broke. He's a broken Steve."
Referencing the scene in episode 2 where Arnott visits John Corbett's widow [Amy De Brúhn] and she retrieves his painkillers and is shocked to find a glovebox full of them when he endures a particularly bad back spasm, Parkinson continued: "You look at John Corbett's widow's face when she opens that glovebox with all those pills."
Parkinson played DI Matthew 'Dot' Cottan from 2012 until his corrupt copper's death in season 3.
Podcast guest Jessie Cave argued that Kate was the soon-to-be goner, perhaps as a result of the relationship she is striking up with Kelly Macdonald's Jo Davidson - if it is indeed genuine, and not because Kate is actually undercover and suspects corruption.
"I think that there has to be something that happens," Cave explained. "And I think it’s going to be Kate. I just feel that, especially in episode two, but even in episode one, there were little clues. She's much more open emotionally than I’ve ever seen her and her relationship with Jo. I know that she might be tricking her. I think she might be flirting and being emotionally available to Jo for a greater good."
She concluded: "But I think my prediction is she really likes Jo, she knows something's going on and she's willing to put herself in danger for this flirtation. I think they will become really close and I think that she's going to be burned by that."
Line of Duty continues on Sunday, April 4 at 9pm on BBC One.
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