More than 12 million people tuned in on Sunday night to watch the latest episode of the hit crime drama.
Fans had been seized for the past six weeks as the AC-12 raced to reveal the identity of corrupt cop ‘H’.
After much action, deception, and many twists and turns, DS Ian Buckells was unmasked as the unlikely culprit, his identity revealed through a classic Line of Duty interrogation scene.
But fans felt the final episode lacked the drama seen in the previous series and wondered what the point of a calmer ending that saw Jo Davidson living a new life in witness protection, Buckells in jail and Ted Hastings letting it be known to Patricia Carmichael that he wouldn’t go. be forced to retire.
DI actor Steve Arnott Martin Compston has already responded to fan disappointment, but the show’s creator has had his say as well.
Responding to an article detailing how Line of Duty broke the audience numbers, Jed tweeted, “We are honored and flattered by the # LineofDuty6 audience numbers.
“We knew that trying to explore the true nature of corruption in our society wouldn’t appeal to everyone, but we sincerely thank you for watching.
“It was our privilege to share your Sunday evenings. “
Fans also seem to have come to terms with the ending now that they’ve had time to think it over.
One viewer tweeted, “I understand the ending a bit more now, after thinking about it and sleeping on it. This season finale could turn out to be a bit productive. One thing I’m sure was that it was Adrian’s. Dunbar’s best episode performances as Ted. ”
Another said, “Thanks for this past 7 week distraction!” Sundays will be so boring now, give us a 7 series. “
“I think due to the excitement of the show so far we’ve been spoiled, a lot of us expected an explosive ending, but on second thought it was the perfect ending and extremely relevant for our time. And the trio in the elevator were lovely. Well done to all of you, ”said a third.