Line of Duty fan theory 'proves' H reveal is fake
Line of Duty fans won't let it go and perhaps for good reason...
In case for some reason you still haven't watched the finale of Line of Duty season six, here is your final warning: SPOILER ALERT!
It was Buckells.
Buckells? More like b******s
I know, we're not having it either - and, apparently, neither is social media. Since the big H reveal aired last night, fans have been giving mixed reactions, to say the least. However, several are still convinced this was a decoy.
Buckells 100% isn’t H, I believe this is the face of a man who’s just covered for the real fourth man so they can carry on, or is that just what I’m hoping?? #LineofDutyFinale #LineOfDuty pic.twitter.com/1ipKOCobYk
— fern (@_fernfernfern) May 2, 2021
The real 'fourth man'?
With a potential season seven already having been teased by the BBC, plenty of people aren't willing to accept that Buckells is truly 'H' and some people think they already have the real answer to the million-pound question.
As it happens, there is a decent proportion of people on Twitter who think the real man behind the fall guy is Chief Constable Osborne, who, for most, would be much more plausible than the 'bumbling Buckells' - seriously, we've read that phrase about 80,000 times today.
After that there has to be a series 7.
Still convinced Osborne is the top dog. #LineOfDuty
— Ruairi O'Cathain (@RoryOKane_Raz_) May 2, 2021
Hastings setting Carmichael a test of integrity, Mercurio setting up S7 for Osborne being so bent he snaps in half. #LineOfDuty
— Liv J Hooper (@livjhooper) May 2, 2021
The devil is the details
A lot of people have noted that the writing of the season six finale felt no way near as intelligent as the rest of the show.
But is there any real evidence to support the theory that it's actually Osborne? Well, maybe.
For instance, here are a few Twitter users that have picked up on some very worthwhile inconsistencies/points of interest that could, at least, disprove that its bloody Buckells! We'll take anything at this point:
Why was Ian Buckells quaking in his boots when Jimmy Lakewell was killed, if he was running the show?
— Alison Campbell (@AahListen) May 2, 2021
If buckells was the top man why did Lee banks say to him when he was strangling Jimmy lakewell in the cell this is what happens to rats ? answer me that @martin_compston
— Ian curran (@iancurran1988) May 2, 2021
Two thoughts if you do want another series:
• Hastings cut off Buckells and stopped him mentioning another name
• Who forged Kate’s signature on the transit papers? Not Buckells, who was in custody
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) May 2, 2021
We could go on forever but we also suspect if you're a fan, you've been doing as much deep-diving on Twitter and Reddit threads as we have. All we're going to say is no one has confirmed that the show is over - in fact, quite the opposite.
So, who knows? Might this have just been a setup for the real H reveal? Might there be one final twist in the tale?