Line of Duty boss teases killing off 'golden trio' of DI Arnott, DI Fleming and SI Hastings beyond series 6

LINE of Duty boss Jed Mercurio has teased what's in store for "golden trio" of DI Arnott, DI Fleming and SI Hastings – hinting "nobody is safe".

The police drama, which is about to premiere its sixth season this Sunday, first hit our screens in 2012 and has since then become a huge fit with fans.

One of the main reasons why is because of the brilliant on/off screen relationship between Martin Compston (Steve Arnott), Vicky McClure (Kate Fleming) and Adrian Dunbar (Ted Hastings).

However, the BBC One show is known for its shocking twists and turns, so there is a chance that one of them could be killed off in the future when we least expect it.

When asked if he's ever thought about it, writer Jed joked that it's "never far from my thoughts".

He recently told The Sun and other press at a live Q&A: "I think we all get on brilliantly but everyone knows that we're serving something bigger than ourselves, which is Line of Duty.

"One of the things about the show is that nobody is safe. 

"That is what keeps the audience on the edge of their seat.

"So I know that it would be a sad day, but all the main cast realise that it's possible. 

"You know, we're mates, we talk about it, we joke about it. It's something that no one would relish, but everybody would understand."

So it sounds like the threesome could follow in the footsteps of DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes), John Corbett (Stephen Graham) and Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays) – who have all been brutally killed in the show over the past nine years.

Season six of the much-loved drama finished up in May 2019 and fans have been eagerly awaiting for confirmation of its return.

Filming for series six started back in February 2020, but it was soon brought to a halt after Covid-19 hit.

Then in September 2020 the cast and crew were finally able to get back down business and make sure they could give fans what they've been waiting for.

After months of guessing it was finally confirmed in February 2021 that Arnott, Fleming and Hastings will be back on our screens in March 2021.

And there are some new faces in AC-12 to look forward to seeing too.

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson will be played by Kelly MacDonald and DC Chloe Bishop Shalom Brune-Franklin.

Hopefully the new recruits will be able to suss out the "bent copper" they've all got their eyes on…

Catch the first episode of Line of Duty S6 this Sunday, March 21, on BBC One at 9pm.


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