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Martin Compston defends Line of Duty’s controversial ending

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Line of Duty star reckons finale hit right tone

Line of Duty star Martin Compston has backed the way creator Jed Mercuio ended the latest series.

Many critics and fans panned the final episode of Line of Duty Season 6, which saw Ian Buckells revealed as H in front of a record audience of over 15 million viewers.

But while Buckells wasn’t the criminal mastermind some were hoping for, Martin reckons that having a Blofeld type Bond baddie figure would have been a mistake.

Talking to ES Magazine, Martin, who plays Steve, said: “I think he [Jed] felt it would have been a bit of a cop-out to have — and he’s right — some sort of cat-stroking mastermind and then a crazy gun shoot-out. I think he felt that would have been the easy option.”

It’s unclear still if that’s the end of the who is H mystery and Martin revealed that it’s even still unclear if there will be another series.

Given the show’s huge ratings, it seems improbable that there won’t be more episodes. While Martin says the cast doesn’t know what’s in store, he does reassure fans that this isn’t an unusual situation.

Quizzed about whether we will see a seventh series of Line of Duty, he replied: “The genuine answer is that we don’t know.

“But that’s nothing new. Jed always takes time away from it. I think what I would say, the two things I would say, is that the idea that I would never work with all the guys again together would be heartbreaking.

“But also with everything that’s just gone on this week, I think everybody, including the audience, needs a bit of time away from it. So we’ll see.”

We reckon fans would also be pretty heartbroken if there wasn’t more episode to enjoy.

Meanwhile, fans can still enjoy all series of Line of Duty on iPlayer.

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.


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David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.


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