Jed Mercurio Discusses the Future of ‘Line of Duty’ Following Divisive Season 6 Finale
The Season 6 finale of Line of Duty split viewers right down the middle. The H reveal and the absence of a climactic payoff rubbed some people the wrong way. Others, myself included, appreciated how it posited the theory that some villains have been hiding in plain sight all along. Plus, sometimes, incompetent people fail upwards — just look at the majority of our political leaders if you need further proof. Mother of God!
That being said, I can’t think of many Line of Duty fans who want the show to end. Season 6 left the door open to some interesting possibilities, teasing a new big bad and leaving Hastings’ (Adrian Dunbar) future up in the air. But will there be another season?
According to Line of Duty showrunner Jed Mercurio in an interview with Den of Geek, “it’s too soon to draw that conclusion.” At the time of this writing, he’s unsure if Season 6 will be the end of a chapter or the definitive conclusion of the show. Earlier this year, he said that he hopes there’s a seventh instalment, though it might not be for a while as some of the team members need a break from the hit crime drama.
Here’s hoping that they listen to the fans, as entitled and moany as we can be sometimes. Line of Duty‘s absence has left a void in our Sunday night viewing that cannot be filled. Given that the show has already dropped some breadcrumbs which point toward CC Osbourne (Owen Teale) being a bent copper, there’s certainly some potential for AC-12 to continue with their investigations into police corruption. Mercurio hasn’t ruled out that option, either.
“He’s someone who retains high office who is an outright liar and has been involved in corruption in the past in terms of the Karim Ali case and the Lawrence Christopher case. Clearly, there would be potential there if we wanted to explore it, but it’s too early to say whether we ever would.”
It also remains to be seen if the BBC is interested in producing another season, but it’d be surprising if they didn’t. Line of Duty has been a ratings sensation and the finale had a record-breaking viewership. In the meantime, Mercurio is focusing on new projects, including Trigger Point, which will see him reunite with Vicky McClure to tackle the topics of counter-terrorism and bombings. That’s exciting in its own right, and you just know that it’s going to be suspenseful.
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