Line Of Duty's creator Jed Mercurio pours cold water over fan theory around AC-12 plant in finale

A MAJOR Line of Duty fan theory was crushed when the show's creator Jed Mercurio called it "preposterous" on a BBC Sounds podcast.

He responded to one of the fan theories about Chloe Bishop’s true motive, ahead of the hotly-anticipated grand finale on Sunday.

 He chatted with actor Craig Parkinson, who played Matthew ‘Dot’ Cotton in the crime drama, on the most recent episode of Obsessed with Line of Duty podcast.

Keen viewers have been desperately seeking to uncover the identity of arch villain H, the puzzling ‘fourth man’ with links within OCG and higher ranking police officers. 

The dramatic rollercoaster of events has sent fans into a frenzy as they make wild guesses over the tiniest, most subtle plot holes and hidden clues, especially as Jed has become renowned for his famous 'Jed Herrings', sending his audience into a tailspin before the truth is outed.

To answer some of the series fans burning questions, Craig began by asking Jed about the speculation that AC-12 newest recruit Chloe Meadows is Tony Gates’ daughter. 

Tony Gates, played by Lennie James, killed himself in the first series after getting caught up in his affair with Jackie Laverty, played by Gina McKee as well as OCG drama.

Weekly watchers grew suspicious when they heard a ‘Chloe’ was joining AC-12 as Tony had said he had a child with her name. 

Line of Duty fans suspected Chloe could have got involved in her Dad’s old job or made a vow to avenge his death cleverly, from the inside and is now an anti-corruption plant.

To many fans' disarray, creator Jed completely dismissed the popular theory. 

In his conversation with Craig on the BBC Sounds app, Jed said it was “'preposterous.”

"Of course she's not." The writer confirmed.

Craig then presented even more theories to Jed.

One was that a fan wrote in to say they were suspicious of Chloe after she shredded a photo of Phillip Osbourne, noticing that the new AC-12 member glanced at Patricia Carmichael while doing it.

"Is that you as a show-runner being quite naughty to the audience and feeding something to them that isn't there?" Craig asked.

Jed replied: "People should take it at face value what happened in the scene – which is a very senior officer has given a direct order to a very junior officer and that very junior officer has no choice but to carry it out." Said Jed.

Craig then revealed to Jed that fans are terrified something will happen to Ted Hastings in the final.

"It's great that people are so invested. One of the things that's helped the series grow is that people have become invested in the AC-12.

"People root for AC-12. They want them to stand up for standards, truth and honesty. They want the bad guys caught.

"So obviously they don't want anything bad to happen, unfortunately in drama just as in real life, heroes let us down."

Craig interrupted him: "Please don't say that Jed!"

The Dot actor then asked if there's anything fans should be wary of in the final but Jed insisted part of the fun is the “not knowing.”

Jed also answered theories about much-loved character Ted Hasting's possible links to the Freemasons.

Kate Fleming and Steve Arnott got suspicious about their boss after noticing a secret handshake and observing his strange familiarity with other members of the organisation, each of whom all turned out to have links with the OCG.

"It's always kind of been there that something I've wanted to touch on at times but for whatever reason we've not decided not to go there.

"This is how Line Of Duty works," he added. "once you get through as many seasons as we do there are things from the past we could delve into and sometimes we test the water and think this is working. It's taking us places.

"Other times we hit a brick wall and think let's leave it for now.

"Ultimately we decided to park (that storyline) but may revisit it some other time." He concluded and put the theory to bed.

Line Of Duty returns on Sunday night at 9pm on BBC for the Series 6 finale

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