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03rd May 2021

The funniest memes and reactions after Line of Duty’s controversial finale

George McKay

Spoilers ahead, obviously.

I think I speak for pretty much the entire Line of Duty fanbase when I say… meh. After six series, umpteen fan theories and more than the odd heart-stopping moment, Line of Duty ends not with a bang but with a whimper.

It was always a possibility, that creator and writer Jed Mercurio had backed himself into a corner, and all of the hype built over the series would never be satisfied no matter the ending.

We’ve seen it happen before, most notably and perhaps most painfully, in the final season of Game of Thrones. Cast your minds back to the utter disappointment when you realised that the vast majority of the plotlines set up in Westeros would amount to nothing, and the Night King would (spoiler) die after doing very little except looking super smug all the time.

Having said that, I really don’t think the Line of Duty finale was as bad as some people are making it out to be. Did we want the fourth man to be Carmichael or Osborne? Sure.

Was it an underwhelming reveal to have the bumbling Buckells revealed as the Keyser Söze of the whole thing? Maybe.

But I do think that’s kind of the point. Corruption is rarely as terrifying and all-powerful as it can sometimes feel, and incompetence is often just as harmful as wilful foul play.

Regardless, fans were left feeling hurt and let down after last night’s finale, and what do people do when they feel hurt and let down? They take to Twitter.

Some of the best moments in Twitter history are moments of shared outrage and anger at something that, let’s face it, in the grand scheme of things is absolutely meaningless.

Twitter acts as a salve of comedy on an otherwise bleak night. When your show withholds that dramatic catharsis you were so desperately craving, head to Twitter. You’ll feel better for it.

Without further ado, here are the best reactions and memes after the credits rolled last night.

Honestly would have loved a Bob Mortimer cameo, to be honest.

Bit harsh:

Honestly, the only satisfying bit was that dog in my opinion:

Honestly, props to Chloe, the only one doing actual police work this series:

It all makes sense:


RIP Jenny’s notebooks:

This isn’t a meme but this is lovely:

And on that note, I’ll leave you. Head to Twitter for more comedy gold, and let’s just hope the BBC announces Line of Duty series seven soon.

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