Line of Duty: One big clue suggests Ian Buckells isn't actually 'H'

Daniella Scott
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Series 6 of Line of Duty has been a wild ride. We've gone round the houses with theories, suspects, obsessions with spelling ("definate"), and when Sunday night's season finale rolled around we expected answers. However, many fans are convinced that one specific answer we got is actually a huge red herring, and that one big clue from earlier in the series points to Ian Buckells not being the 'fourth man' we've been looking for this whole time.

We were all shocked and confused when blundering Ian Buckells was supposedly unmasked as the 'fourth man', the high ranking bent copper working with the OCG that Hastings and AC-12 have been looking for for the best part of a decade. And, in fact, some fans are so surprised they have developed a theory that it's all one big fish, and in reality Buckells is taking the fall for the real criminal mastermind who has yet to be revealed.

It all comes down to one scene from earlier in the series. During episode 4 when Buckells is in his prison cell making a cup of tea, Jimmy Lakewell is brought in to share his cell, telling Buckells it's due to "overcrowding".

However, almost as soon as Lakewell enters Lee Banks appears and kills him right in front of Buckells, telling him, "Now you watch what happens to a rat."  

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

The point here, fans say, is that not only does it seem like Buckells didn't order the killing of Lakewell, but he's also visibly shaken and surprised by it, suggesting he isn't the high ranking OCG member and isn't really in charge of much at all.  

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We are so up for series 7. Fingers crossed.

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