Line of Duty’s Craig Parkinson predicts ‘broken’ Steve Arnott will be KILLED OFF in series six
Line of Duty’s Craig Parkinson has predicted that DI Steve Arnott could meet a grisly end in series six.
The actor, who played DI Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in the police drama, offering his own contribution to the sea of fan theories that have flooded social media by hinting ‘something tragic’ could happen to a beloved character before the series’ end.
It comes after Sunday’s Line of Duty left fans with even more questions as they flocked to Twitter asking whether DCI Jo Davidson could be being blackmailed by an OCG and whether DI Kate Fleming could be working undercover for AC-12.
RIP? Line of Duty’s Craig Parkinson has predicted that DI Steve Arnott (pictured played by Martin Compston) could meet a grisly end in series six
Speaking on the show’s Obsessed With… podcast, Craig predicted that one of the show’s core characters could be killed off before series six comes to a close.
Discussing the show’s ‘lies cost lives’ tagline, he said: ‘Already, it’s scaring me. I feel something tragic is gonna happen to some character that we love.
‘What the hell are we gonna do if something happens to Kate, Steve or Ted?’ he added.
Views: The actor, who played DI Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in the police drama, offering his own contribution to the sea of fan theories
As talk turned to which character could lose their life in the sixth season, Craig had an opposing view to guest Jessie Cave, who claimed that Fleming [Vicky McClure] could be the surprise victim.
But Craig stuck to his guns, adding: ‘See, do you know who I think might be heading for the chop, so to speak? He’s broke. He’s a broken Steve…
‘You look at John Corbett’s widow’s face when she opens that glovebox with all those pills,’ adding that Steph Corbett was ‘visibly shocked’ to see Arnott’s hidden stash of painkillers.
Tense: Speaking on the show’s Obsessed With… podcast, Craig predicted that one of the show’s core characters could be killed off before series six comes to a close
Craig’s stint on Line of Duty came to an end in series three, after being fatally shot following his escape from custody when his work as a fixer for an OCG came to light.
Since series six began earlier this month, social media has been rife with theories from fans fraught with questions.
One of the major theories centred around newcomer DCI Davidson [Kelly MacDonald] who was hauled in for the first AC-12 interrogation scene of the season.
She was seen being grilled by Superintendent Ted Hastings [Adrian Dunbar], Acting DI Steve Arnott [Martin Compston] and DC Chloe Bishop [Shalom Brune-Franklin] over gross misconduct charges relating to the ongoing investigation into the murder of journalist Gail Vella [Andi Osho].
In danger? Craig said: ‘See, do you know who I think might be heading for the chop, so to speak? He’s broke. He’s a broken Steve…’
However, at the end of the episode she was let go, seemingly not guilty, after her ex-girlfriend PS Farida Jatri [Anneika Rose] was implemented in corruption.
However, Jo was seen hitching a ride with known bent copper Ryan Pilkington [Gregory Piper] and taken to collect a burner phone, making her look suspicious once more.
Fans, however, are convinced the DCI is being blackmailed into corruption, and that she is not as shady as she seems.
They also appeared to be championing a romance between DI Kate Fleming [Vicky McClure] and Jo, with some predicting Kate might be using Jo for information.
There was also plenty of chatter about the arrival of Ryan Pilkington, who was last scene joining the police academy at the end of series five, having been part of the organised crime group.
Line Of Duty continues on Sundays at 9PM on BBC One.
What’s going on? It comes after Sunday’s Line of Duty left fans with even more questions as they flocked to Twitter asking whether DCI Jo Davidson could be being blackmailed by an OCG
LINE OF DUTY SEASON SIX: WHAT ARE THE MAIN FAN THEORIES?
Season six of Line Of Duty has left fans with more questions than answers, with viewers flocking to Twitter to question what exactly is DCI Jo Davidson is up to, whether Kate Fleming has really left AC-12 and who is H?
Here, MailOnline examines some of the most prominent fan theories
Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover
One of the most shocking discoveries was AC-12’s Kate is now working with a new team- with some fans suggesting she could even be the infamous H.
While chatting to her new gaffer DCI Davidson, Kate said: ‘I got fed upon nicking coppers, I’d rather go after the psycho who murdered Gail [Vella].’
But despite seeming confident in her new role, some viewers were left wondering if all was at it seems and theorised that Kate could still be undercover for AC-12.
Even after she tipped off Davidson and incurred the wrath of Ted Hastings, fans have continued to speculate that she is so deep undercover that even Hastings is having to keep her true agenda secret.
Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover: Is it true? The jury is still out on this one
DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group
Jo has already survived a grilling from AC-12’s top team and appeared to clear her name when it was ex-girlfriend PS Farida Jatri who seemed to have taken part in corruption.
However, Jo was seen hitching a ride with known bent copper Ryan Pilkington and taken to collect a burner phone, making her look suspicious once more.
Fans, however, are convinced the DCI is being blackmailed by an OCG, following her emotional outburst when she was summoned to pick up a new burner.
DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group: Is it true? After her car park outburst it seems increasingly likely
DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis
Fans speculated over who Jo’s mother could be after she was seen in a photograph in the first episode.
Many theorised her mother has something to do with season five character John Corbett’s [Stephen Graham] mother Anne-Marie McGillis, who was killed by an Irish Republican paramilitary group sometime after 1989.
DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis: Is it true? There simply isn’t enough evidence yet to determine on way or the other
Gail Vella is still alive
Although season six has centered around the murder of journalist Gail Vella, one obscure theory is that she is in fact still alive.
Craig Parkinson, who played Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in the show, said on BBC Sounds podcast Obsessed with Line of Duty: ‘Somebody is in that flat and there’s some connection with Gail Vella, the investigative journalist.
‘You don’t cast someone like Andi Osho and then just have her as little magazine prints and stick them up on a kitchen wall.’
Sarah Millican – who also appeared on the podcast – went on to suggest Vella may have been a former lover of DCI Davidson’s.
Gail Vella is still alive: Is it true? It seems unlikely that the scale of police corruption is so huge that they could fake a murder victim
DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter
Bishop is one of AC-12’s newest recruits, and as Gates and his wife Jools had two daughters, Natalie and Chloe, viewers have suggested their shared first name ‘can’t be a coincidence’.
Gates’ daughter was last seen in season one in 2012, which means she’d be roughly the same age as Bishop is now.
Fans have suggested that Bishop either took her mother’s maiden name or the name of a step-father, so that her true identity remains a secret – for now.
Gates died at the end of the first season when he walked into a busy road after getting a confession from gang leader Tommy Hunter, who had been blackmailing the police officer into covering up their criminal activity.
DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter: Is it true? The dates and facts line up, but there still isn’t enough to write it off as a coincidence just yet
Bent copper Ryan Pilkington is actually a honest policeman
Ryan first appeared in the show’s first season as a teenage foul-mouthed messenger for the criminal gang working with bent copper DCI Gates.
His escapades on the show have taken an even darker turn in past seasons, as he attempted to cut DS Arnott’s fingers off with bolt cutters, and also killed undercover cop DS Corbett.
However, the show creator’s Jed Mercurio teased the possibility that Ryan has ‘turned a new leaf’ and isn’t a spy in the Central Police, despite what fans may think of his criminal past.
Jed claimed: ‘Now that Ryan’s a police officer, viewers will have to wait and see if he has turned over a new leaf or if he remains a dangerous inside man for organised crime.’
Bent copper Ryan Pilkington is actually a honest policeman: Is it true? Considering the only person who seems to be spreading this is the creator, it would be a great twist
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