Line Of Duty's violent prison guard returns04/05/2021
Line Of Duty’s violent prison guard returns: Eagle-eyed viewers spot woman who broke Farida Jatri’s wrist was also responsible for burning Lindsay Denton’s hands in series two
- Eagle-eyed viewers spotted the return of a violent prison guard on Line Of Duty
- Alison Merchant (Maria Connolly) broke Farida Jatri’s (Anneika Rose) wrist
- It was a warning to the PS about what would happen if she spoke to AC-12
- In series two Merchant burned Lindsay Denton’s (Keeley Hawes’) hands
The current series of Line Of Duty has been filled with characters returning characters from previous seasons – and last night’s episode was no exception.
Eagle-eyed viewers spotted the prison guard who broke Farida Jatri’s (Anneika Rose) wrist was the same woman who burned Lindsay Denton’s (Keeley Hawes) hands with boiling water in series two.
Supporting character Alison Merchant, played by Maria Connolly, returned for a brief scene in last night’s episode.
Eagle-eyed viewers spotted the prison guard who broke Farida Jatri’s (Anneika Rose) wrist (above) was the same woman who burned Lindsay Denton’s (Keeley Hawes) hands in series two
Supporting character Alison Merchant, played by Maria Connolly, first threatened Denton in series two of Line Of Duty (above), which aired in 2014
She was sent to retrieve PS Jatri from her cell and take her to AC-12 for questioning.
However once PS Jatri had turned away, Merchant, who has links to the OCG (Organised Crime Group) at the centre of the drama, moved swiftly to break her wrist as a warning not to share any confidential information.
It was a similarly violent warning to the one given to Denton after it was discovered she had been speaking to AC-12.
During that scene, Merchant poured a kettle of boiling hot water on Denton’s hands after she had been attacked in the prison gym.
The injuries sustained by Jatri led DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and the team to believe there is definitely a strong link to the OCG.
Merchant (right) with Denton (Keeley Hawes) has connections to the OCG and threatens inmates who might be tempted to speak to AC-12
After luring Denton into an office, Merchant poured a kettle of boiling water on her hands (above)
Although her appearances in both series have been brief, Connolly has clearly made an impact on viewers and they were quick to note her return last night.
One tweeted: ‘I recognised the Prison Guard from when Lindsay Denton was attacked in prison.’
Another posted: ‘Fun Fact: The prison guard who assaulted Jatri is the same one who poured hot tea on a member of the OCG who was in prison back in series 2. #LineOfDuty #LineofDuty6.’
A third wrote: ‘HMP Brentiss needs to be put into special measures t b h. That prison guard threw boiling hot water on Lindsay Denton’s hands and also locked her in the gym to get beaten up. Now she’s broken Farida’s hand.’
Last night Merchant was sent to retrieve PS Jatri from her cell (above) and take her to AC-12 for questioning
However once PS Jatri had turned away, Merchant moved swiftly to break her wrist as a warning not to share any confidential information
Meanwhile viewers shared a new wild theory about the identity of the elusive fourth ‘H’ involving John Corbett’s widow Steph, after they noticed an intricate ‘clue’ hidden in her kitchen tiles during Sunday’s episode of the show.
During the latest instalment of the hit police drama, many viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts after noticing the very telling detail.
Fans were convinced that the ‘H’ pattern in Steph’s tiles was a link to the man or woman AC-12 have been hunting for the past six series.
One person on social media wrote: ‘Steph’s kitchen tiles say ‘H’ on them… just saying… #LineOfDuty.’
Another person said: ‘Her kitchen tiles are in the shape of a ‘H’. What could this mean? #LineOfDuty #LineOfDuty6 #LOD.’
A third exclaimed: ‘There’s a H in the tiles!! #LineOfDuty.’
LINE OF DUTY SEASON SIX: WHAT ARE THE MAIN FAN THEORIES?
Season six of Line Of Duty has left fans with more questions than answers, with viewers flocking to Twitter to question what exactly is DCI Jo Davidson is up to, whether Kate Fleming has really left AC-12 and who is H?
Here, MailOnline examines some of the most prominent fan theories
Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover
One of the most shocking discoveries was AC-12’s Kate is now working with a new team- with some fans suggesting she could even be the infamous H.
While chatting to her new gaffer DCI Davidson, Kate said: ‘I got fed upon nicking coppers, I’d rather go after the psycho who murdered Gail [Vella].’
But despite seeming confident in her new role, some viewers were left wondering if all was at it seems and theorised that Kate could still be undercover for AC-12.
Even after she tipped off Davidson and incurred the wrath of Ted Hastings, fans have continued to speculate that she is so deep undercover that even Hastings is having to keep her true agenda secret.
Kate Fleming HASN’T left AC-12 and is working undercover: Is it true? The jury is still out on this one
DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group
Jo has already survived a grilling from AC-12’s top team and appeared to clear her name when it was ex-girlfriend PS Farida Jatri who seemed to have taken part in corruption.
However, Jo was seen hitching a ride with known bent copper Ryan Pilkington and taken to collect a burner phone, making her look suspicious once more.
Fans, however, are convinced the DCI is being blackmailed by an OCG, following her emotional outburst when she was summoned to pick up a new burner.
DCI Jo Davidson is being blackmailed by an Organised Crime Group: Is it true? After her car park outburst it seems increasingly likely
DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis
Fans speculated over who Jo’s mother could be after she was seen in a photograph in the first episode.
Many theorised her mother has something to do with season five character John Corbett’s [Stephen Graham] mother Anne-Marie McGillis, who was killed by an Irish Republican paramilitary group sometime after 1989.
DCI Jo Davidson’s mother is Anne-Marie McGillis: Is it true? There simply isn’t enough evidence yet to determine on way or the other
Gail Vella is still alive
Although season six has centered around the murder of journalist Gail Vella, one obscure theory is that she is in fact still alive.
Craig Parkinson, who played Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in the show, said on BBC Sounds podcast Obsessed with Line of Duty: ‘Somebody is in that flat and there’s some connection with Gail Vella, the investigative journalist.
‘You don’t cast someone like Andi Osho and then just have her as little magazine prints and stick them up on a kitchen wall.’
Sarah Millican – who also appeared on the podcast – went on to suggest Vella may have been a former lover of DCI Davidson’s.
Gail Vella is still alive: Is it true? It seems unlikely that the scale of police corruption is so huge that they could fake a murder victim
DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter
Bishop is one of AC-12’s newest recruits, and as Gates and his wife Jools had two daughters, Natalie and Chloe, viewers have suggested their shared first name ‘can’t be a coincidence’.
Gates’ daughter was last seen in season one in 2012, which means she’d be roughly the same age as Bishop is now.
Fans have suggested that Bishop either took her mother’s maiden name or the name of a step-father, so that her true identity remains a secret – for now.
Gates died at the end of the first season when he walked into a busy road after getting a confession from gang leader Tommy Hunter, who had been blackmailing the police officer into covering up their criminal activity.
DC Chloe Bishop is Tony Gates’ daughter: Is it true? The dates and facts line up, but there still isn’t enough to write it off as a coincidence just yet
Bent copper Ryan Pilkington is actually a honest policeman
Ryan first appeared in the show’s first season as a teenage foul-mouthed messenger for the criminal gang working with bent copper DCI Gates.
His escapades on the show have taken an even darker turn in past seasons, as he attempted to cut DS Arnott’s fingers off with bolt cutters, and also killed undercover cop DS Corbett.
However, the show creator’s Jed Mercurio teased the possibility that Ryan has ‘turned a new leaf’ and isn’t a spy in the Central Police, despite what fans may think of his criminal past.
Jed claimed: ‘Now that Ryan’s a police officer, viewers will have to wait and see if he has turned over a new leaf or if he remains a dangerous inside man for organised crime.’
Bent copper Ryan Pilkington is actually a honest policeman: Is it true? Considering the only person who seems to be spreading this is the creator, it would be a great twist
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