Line of Duty is a misspelling that could reveal who H is

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The spelling error in series 6


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The last episode of Line of Duty ended on another epic cliffhanger, but it’s a spelling mistake that got the armchair sleuths excited.
Fans had just realized that Acting Detective Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly McDonald) was a relative of gangster Tommy Hunter when the error surfaced during his online chat with the unknown boss of the organized crime group (OCG). After being unhappy that two members of the group had been killed in a police operation, Davidson was ordered to “get rid” of Detective Inspector Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure).

A distraught Davidson replied, “As long as it’s my last job.” The answer was “definitely”.

Chief Detective Inspector Jo Davidson has been ordered to kill Kate Fleming
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The promise was that this would be his last job, and then this spelling error popped up
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Some will recall that this is not the first time viewers have seen this misspelling, it is actually the third time. In the fifth series, the unknown criminal boss made the same misspelling during an online conversation with plainclothes cop John Corbett (Stephen Graham).

When Corbett suggested an armed raid as a depot, the “unknown user” warned the gang that the robbery was “certainly high risk.”

Then Superintendent Hastings himself made the same mistake. After John Corbett’s death, the police were able to access H’s metadata and were able to impersonate the unknown user. They made contact with the OGC online, but Hastings got impatient, resumed the conversation and made the same misspelling saying he could “really pull the right strings.”

Hastings made the same misspelling in Series 5
Hastings made the same misspelling in Series 5
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Hastings was suspended from duty under grave suspicion and while being grilled by Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell-Martin who returned in Sunday’s episode) for allegedly plotting to kill Corbett, Ted said all of this was part of his unauthorized infiltration mission. He claimed to have studied H’s spelling habits closely and cunningly copied them.

Carmichael said skeptically: “You are the SIO (Senior Investigative Officer) on one of the biggest anti-corruption operations this force has ever seen and you have the free space to learn how to spell H ? “

“Yes,” Hastings growled.

Carmichael wasn’t convinced: “Isn’t it more likely that you inadvertently misspelled this word?” Isn’t it more likely that you made the same mistake as H because you are H?

“I’m not H,” Ted insisted. ”

Did that latest misspelling put Hastings back in the frame? Could he be the fourth man, H? There were more clues in the gripping episode after Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) confirms that the £ 50 banknotes from Steph Corbett’s house were from Hastings.

Detective also discovered that Hasting had effectively sealed John Corbett’s fate by informing OGC member Carl Banks of the identity of the undercover agent.

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