Line Of Duty: The Clues That Led Us To The Fourth Man

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When H was finally revealed at Sunday night’s highly anticipated Line Of Duty finale, many fans realized we had been watching the enigmatic mastermind the whole time.

While eagle-eyed fans heard that Chief Inspector Buckells was the famous fourth man who had contacted the OCG to take down officers who had not acted, clues from the show’s past seasons came to light.

After portraying himself as an unfortunate fool, it was revealed that he was actually a covert operation with ‘bent coppers’ and even blackmailed acting Superintendent Davidson thanks to its history with the group as Tommy Hunter’s daughter.

Now that it’s been revealed, clues from past seasons have been brought to light, including bad spelling, a repeated catchphrase, and even a hint from Nigel Boyle – the man behind Buckells – as a warning that he was “ someone to keep an eye out for ‘.

When H was finally revealed at Sunday night's highly anticipated Line Of Duty finale, many fans realized we had been watching the enigmatic mastermind the whole time.

When H was finally revealed at Sunday night’s highly anticipated Line Of Duty finale, many fans realized we had been watching the enigmatic mastermind the whole time.

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In typical Hastings style, Ted, played by Adrian Dunbar, dropped a clanger that resonated with fans as he completed his 12-minute interrogation of Buckells. He simply said, “Nobody makes AC-12 mugs.”

However, this was much more than just a bold statement from the anti-corruption chief and was in fact a nod to many clues from the past.

In Series Four, Buckells appeared as a replacement for Thandiwe Newton's character DCI Roz Huntley when she was removed as Operation Trapdoor head.

In Series Four, Buckells appeared as a replacement for Thandiwe Newton's character DCI Roz Huntley when she was removed as Operation Trapdoor head.

In Series Four, Buckells appeared as a replacement for Thandiwe Newton’s character DCI Roz Huntley when she was removed as Operation Trapdoor head.

In Series Four in 2017, Buckells appeared as a replacement for Thandiwe Newton’s character DCI Roz Huntley when she was removed as Operation Trapdoor head.

The fourth man-to-be saw Vicky McClure’s DS Kate Fleming on the squad after meeting her in his first season of the first season, where he found out she was working undercover for the anti-corruption squad.

When Ted learned that he had clocked Kate, he covertly met the villain to instruct him not to hide her – something she agreed with great annoyance and even refused to pursue their investigation because he was “ no grass. ”

When Kate came to light, he insisted that he didn’t surprise her, but he also made it very clear that he hated nothing but AC-12.

The fourth man-to-be saw Vicky McClure's DS Kate Fleming in the squad after meeting her in his first season of the first season, where he found out she was working undercover for the anti-corruption squad.

The fourth man-to-be saw Vicky McClure's DS Kate Fleming in the squad after meeting her in his first season of the first season, where he found out she was working undercover for the anti-corruption squad.

The fourth man-to-be saw Vicky McClure’s DS Kate Fleming in the squad after meeting her in his first season of the first season, where he found out she was working undercover for the anti-corruption squad.

Another ceramic red herring came when fans earlier this month were convinced that interior decoration - in keeping with the mug detail - was the answer to H's identity.

Another ceramic red herring came when fans earlier this month were convinced that interior decoration - in keeping with the mug detail - was the answer to H's identity.

Another ceramic red herring came when fans earlier this month were convinced that interior decoration – in keeping with the mug detail – was the answer to H’s identity.

Ted then had a heated argument with Buckells, who got fired – not before grinning, “You treat everyone like mugs. Who is the mug now? ‘

Another ceramic red herring came when fans earlier this month were convinced that home decor – in keeping with the mug detail – was the answer to H.

The theory involved John Corbett’s widow Steph, when fans noticed a complicated ‘clue’ hidden in her kitchen tiles.

Fans were convinced that the ‘H’ pattern in Steph’s tiles was a link to the man AC-12 searched for for the past six series.

And while some dismissed the speculation as wild, it seems it was, in fact, a true illustration due to the presence of the poignant ‘mok’ line.

The biggest giveaway for Buckells turned out to be the word 'sure', with its repeated spelling blunder twisting his fingers his way.

The biggest giveaway for Buckells turned out to be the word 'sure', with its repeated spelling blunder twisting his fingers his way.

The biggest giveaway for Buckells turned out to be the word ‘sure’, with its repeated spelling blunder twisting his fingers his way.

The mistake that DEFINITELY gave him away

The greatest giveaway for Buckells turned out to be the word ‘sure’, with its repeated spelling blunder twisting his fingers his way.

When Ted and his team saw a number of exchanges between the OCG and Jo Davidson with the word misspelled, he demanded that the archives be searched again in the hunt for the error.

The trawl then exposed the same error in 2019, in communications between the OCG and Lisa McQueen, in the same year in Operation Lighthouse and again in the Lawerence Christopher study in 2003.

This quickly pointed the fingers at Buckells.

Earlier in the series, viewers saw a string of golf clubs in the Hillsgate Police Station and noted that the clubs hold great significance.

Earlier in the series, viewers saw a string of golf clubs in the Hillsgate Police Station and noted that the clubs hold great significance.

Earlier in the series, viewers saw a string of golf clubs in the Hillsgate Police Station and noted that the clubs hold great significance.

A hole in one

Earlier in the series, viewers saw a series of golf clubs in the Hillsgate Police Station and noted that the clubs hold great significance.

Harking back to villain Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan and his nickname ‘The Caddy’, fans remembered his death in series three and as soon as Buckells’ clubs were spotted, they began to approach the villain.

A slip of the tongue

In 2017, while promoting Series Four of the show, Nigel Boyle – the man behind Buckells – seemed to be throwing crumbs at fans in a big way.

In an interview with Digital Spy, he seemed to allude to what fans had to wait for another four years, saying, “There’s definitely more to Buckells than meets the eye!”

He went on to describe the ultimate villain and continued, ‘He’s very skilled, very good at what he does, he’s the go-to guy, but he’s definitely not a popular guy – he’s grumpy and a bit of a job, I think. …

“I don’t think people give him enough credit just because of his personality!”

However, this was much more than just a bold statement from the anti-corruption chief and was in fact a nod to many clues from the past.

However, this was much more than just a bold statement from the anti-corruption chief and was in fact a nod to many clues from the past.

However, this was much more than just a bold statement from the anti-corruption chief and was in fact a nod to many clues from the past.

The pre-show hints

When asked if viewers will find out who the illusory ‘H’ is, Martin said, ‘I wouldn’t go all the way to the Jo Davidson route without commentary – but what I’ll tell you is that I think there will be a lot of rewards next Sunday. come. .

“There are a lot of great answers and it is deserved, people have stayed with us for a long time, so there comes a point where the story arc ends.”

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