There's just one more episode of Line of Duty season 6 to go, and we're already so tense. Especially since a new theory has emerged surrounding the likelihood that the one and only Ted Hastings will meet his untimely end in the season finale, and it's all thanks to one specific line.
It's hard to imagine AC-12 without Ted Hastings, but it's something lots of fans fear we'll have to come to terms with according to this new theory that suggests Hastings has already predicted his own death.
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It all comes down to a line from last the penultimate episode (S6E6) after Hastings, Arnott and Carmichael have concluded their interview with Joanne Davidson. Hastings berates Carmichael, demanding to know why she wouldn't allow more questions about the OCG and the identity of the mysterious 'H', especially since Davidson seemed to have extensive knowledge of the whole mess. But, Carmichael - being Carmichael - dismisses Ted with a glib smile.
On his way out of her office he bumps into Arnott, and stops to tell him, "Sometimes you don't lose son. You just run out of time."
On the surface of it, this comment refers to Hastings' forced retirement from AC-12 and the police force, along with a double meaning Hasting might not be aware of regarding Arnott's impending suspension from the team due to the fact he hasn't followed up on his medical.
However, many fans believe it was actually a subtle omen that foreshadows Hastings' fate, with many of them taking to Twitter to wonder if he'll die while uncovering the identity of 'H'.
Meanwhile, Craig Parkinson aka Matthew 'Dot' Cottan made an appearance on the Obsessed with... Line of Duty podcast earlier this week and told host Elizabeth Day that he believes Hastings is "going to have a hero’s exit".
"... maybe he realises that the role that he wanted to play is coming to an end, and what he’s been trying to do – the legacy he’s been trying to build, the bent coppers he's been trying to weed out – his time is running out to do that.
"And maybe there’ll be a point where he sacrifices himself, even lays his life down, for some reason. I think he’s going to have a hero’s exit but I do think it’s going to be an exit."
Later in the podcast he reiterated the same belief, "But now after this episode, with those images of what Ted’s been reduced to, and physically and mentally where he is, yes, I do believe he's going to exit the show and he deserves nothing but a hero's exit."
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