After a stellar sixth season of Line of Duty we were all left feeling a little deflated on Sunday night after the less than anti-climatic final. After all, we’d spent the last six weeks delving deep into season 6, trying to attempt our best guesses at what would happen in the final episode along with a whole host of theories just for the show to reveal – SPOILER ALERT – that the ‘fourth man’ was none other than the bumbling Ian Buckells.
Despite its disappointment, the episode tied up most of the series neatly which begs the question: will there be a season 7?
The BBC has said it’s open to another season after the sixth series has brought in a record-number of viewers, with an impressive 12.8 million viewers tuning into the final episode (that was over half of UK TV’s audience for that time slot).
The show has also been named the UK’s highest-rated drama in 13 years, beating previous title holder Doctor Who and Downton Abbey. So with this in mind, will Jed Mercurio’s AC-12 trio will be coming back for another round?
Has Line of Duty season 7 been confirmed?
The BBC has said it is open to another season should the show’s creator, Jed Mercurio, want to make more.
“I’m looking forward to having a conversation with the team about where we go next and what the future of the series might be,” BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore said on Monday.
“Addictive event television, Line of Duty has kept the nation guessing for the last seven weeks, so it’s no surprise that last night’s jaw dropping finale set a ratings record.”
However, there have been hints that the episode that aired on Sunday night could be the last. Martin Compston, who plays DI Steve Arnott on the series took to Twitter to share a statement about the final and said that it’s “over” which strongly suggests we won’t see any more of AC-12.
“Fully understand it wasn’t the ‘urgent exit’ type ending some anticipated but we appreciate you sticking with us,” Compston wrote.
“Felt many emotions from excitement and anxiety at the hype to relief that it’s over. Now I just feel immense pride our show that started on Wednesday’s on BB2 has just smashed every overnight drama record since they began.”
Mercurio also made a statement ahead of the show that seemed rather final. It read: “Working with @Vicky_McClure @martin_compston #AdrianDunbar has been the highlight of my career. Thanks to the rest of the cast, our brilliant crews and the production team @worldprods @BBCOne @BBCTwo for six incredible seasons.”
Mercurio also addressed the disappointment of fans on Monday saying he knew the final “wouldn’t appeal to everyone”.
“We’re honoured and flattered by the viewing figures for #LineofDuty6. We knew attempting to explore the real nature of corruption in our society wouldn’t appeal to everyone, but we do sincerely thank you all for watching. It’s been our privilege to share your Sunday nights,” Mercurio said.
Last week a new trailer for the final episode declared that “everything has led to this”.
Also in the promo, Ted (Adrian Dunbar) says that every suspicious thing has been orchestrated by ‘H’, the fourth man – which we found out was Buckells, although he insisted he was more of a messenger and there might be someone higher up the ranks pulling the strings.
When would Line of Duty season 7 come out?
While nothing has been confirmed yet, if a seventh season were to be commissioned it would be likely we wouldn’t see it until 2023. The first season of Line of Duty came out in 2012 and there has been roughly one season produced every two years since (except for a double dose in 2016 and 2017).
What have fans said about Line of Duty season 7?
Fans have called that final Line of Duty episode “more disappointing than the Game of Thrones final”. Yep, it’s not good. After we were left with the line that AC-12’s power is weaker than ever, it’s understandable that fans are calling for a seventh season of the hit series to tie up some loose ends.
“Is it just me or does it still not feel tied up… I mean Buckles never actually admitted to collusion, Hastings has appealed his retirement and Kate and Steve are clearly meant to get together… Roll on season 7,” one fan wrote.
Another user added: “I need season 7 of line of duty to be announced in the next 10 working days because that cannot be it.”
One user wrote: “I’m not buying it. This is all a decoy and all the cast tweeting as if it’s the end is to trick us. There is no way that’s it. Season 7 I’m waiting. #LineOfDuty”
We’re crossing our fingers!
What characters could be in Line of Duty season 7?
If there is a seventh season, we should expect to see Ted, Steve (Martin Compston) and Kate (Vicky McClure) back on our screens, as Ted said he was appealing his retirement notce.
We expect that we’ll see them along with a new bent copper to investigate, or they may even delve deeper into the Marcus Thurwell (James Nesbitt) web – fans have questioned whether he really did die at the end of the sixth season – as he’s thought to be the ‘H’ that they have been looking for.
What storylines could we expect from Line of Duty season 7?
As well as a deeper dive into Marcus Thurwell, we could see Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin) take over AC-12 and the ripple effects of this.
We could also see Steve’s progressing back pain take centre stage – we’ve already seen him dismissing his occupational health emails for a drug test after he has spent this season popping painkillers.
Whatever path Jed Mercurio takes us down next, we’re already excited.