Line of Duty fans are convinced DS Chris Lomax dropped a huge clue he’s working for the OCG after he mentioned a VERY familiar pub name
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Line of Duty fans have been sharing dozens of theories on everything ranging from who Jo Davidson thinks her father was to the identify of the final H.
And now some attentive viewers have suggested that DS Chris Lomax might have dropped a huge clue that he’s working for the OCG during Sunday night’s episode.
At the end of the latest instalment of series six, Lomax [Perry Fitzpatrick] was seen talking to a crime scene investigator- with some fans saying they recognised the very familiar pub name, The Red Lion, he wanted to head too.
Could it be? Line of Duty fans have suggested that DS Chris Lomax (middle) dropped a huge clue that he’s a bent officer during Sunday night’s episode
In the scene, Kate Fleming [Vicky McClure] and Steve Arnott [Martin Compston] are shown walking towards the unit on an industrial estate where Lomax is standing.
As they approach Lomax can be heard telling his colleague, who is wearing a full white crime scene suit, they could ‘be in the Red Lion by 8pm’.
He then updates Fleming and Arnott, who gives him a funny look, on what’s been discovered, saying: ‘There’s strong evidence of workshopping a firearms…
‘A preliminary report of matches between machinery here and markings on the firearms used in the Jimmy Lakewell ambush.’
Theory: Lomax [Perry Fitzpatrick] was seen talking to a crime scene investigator- with some fans saying they recognised the very familiar pub name, The Red Lion, he wanted to head too
Fleming and Arnott then order Lomax to arrange for the floor to be dug up, which he doesn’t seem very happy about sorting out.
Although a passing comment, many fans have suggested that Lomax’s mention of the Red Lion was actually a big clue placed to tip viewers off that he’s bent.
Sharing the theory on Reddit, user u/ross-stew wrote: ‘During the telephone call Chris Lomax was on before Steve and Kate approached him at the industrial unit, Chris finished the called by saying “meet you at the red lion at 8pm”.
‘Isn’t this the same pub Carl Banks boasted about the murder of Gail Vella before he was killed? Might be a OCG meeting ground.’
Considering the theory, one person replied: ‘Oooh I didn’t catch that. He seemed reluctant to get the floors dug up too.’
Trying to avoid? Fleming and Arnott then order Lomax to arrange for the floor to be dug up, which he doesn’t seem very happy about sorting out
Theory: Reddit user u/ross-stew pointed out that the Red Lion is the ‘same pub Carl Banks boasted about the murder of Gail Vella’ in before he was killed earlier in the series
Avid fans on Twitter also clocked the ‘Red Lion’ reference, with many saying something shady seemed to be happening with Lomax’s character.
One viewer penned: ’52:07 Lomax: “be in the red lion by 8″… So he’s a regular at the pub the CHIS was last seen alive in, and the same pub that they found the “witness” who was incriminating Terry Boyle… Definitely bent! #LineofDuty
Another wrote: ‘Lomax said “Meet you at the Red Lion”…..is that the same pub someone was boasting about killing Gail Vella at? An OCG haunt? #LineOfDuty’
While a third penned: ‘Also Chris Lomax is a bad ‘un. Drinking in the Red Lion where he found that dodgy Devereux to falsely ID Terry.
Jumping on the bandwagon: Dozens of other avid viewers agreed that it was strange for Lomax to be mentioning the pub that was already part of the murder investigation
‘Also also, Ryan’s mum was the one who dropped the charges against Devereux. Also also also, season 7 will be these 3 legends leading the new AC team’.
Adding to the debate, someone else tweeted: ‘Do we think Chris Lomax is a dodgy cop? Cause Kate and Steve left him to dig up what under the concrete in the ocg lockup!! Idk I just think he’s not as straight as we think #LineofDuty’
Others on Reddit weren’t 100 per cent convinced, with one person penning: ‘On the one hand, “The Red Lion” is the most common pub name in the UK.
‘On the other hand, Jed could’ve picked any other name for this line. Personally, I think Lomax isn’t bent and this line is just to get the hardcore sleuths discussing amongst themselves.’
Is it just a Jed Herring? Other viewers thought the Red Lion theory was too easy a giveaway and didn’t 100 per cent buy that Lomax is bent
And some viewers also gave Lomax the benefit of the doubt, suggesting he might just have been looking forward to an evening off work.
One person replied: ‘It’s more work isn’t it, he thought he was done for the evening and suddenly someone wants to dig the floor up.’
‘He says ‘could be in the Red Lion by eight, nice work’. To me this indicates they were expecting to finish up forensics and be off to the pub before 20:00,’ added another.
In episode three, Lomax discovered that CHIS Alastair Oldroyd was last seen in the Red Lion pub which lead him to ‘witness’ Deborah Devereux (Kerri McLean).
In character: In episode three, Lomax discovered that CHIS Alastair Oldroyd was last seen in the Red Lion pub which lead him to ‘witness’ Deborah Devereux
Part of the team: Lomax has been heavily involved in the Gail Vella investigation (pictured second left with Kate Fleming, DCI Ian Buckells and DCI Jo Davidson)
Lomax was then told to interview Devereux, with her telling the officer Oldroyd was involved in a confrontation and pointing them towards Terry Boyle (Tommy Jessop), who has Down’s Syndrome.
Terry, who has been used by the OCG and bent officer Ryan Pilkington [Gregory Piper] for years, is bought in for questioning about allegedly being at the pub.
Fleming later becomes suspicious about Devereux as a witness and discovers that DCI Ian Buckells, who is also potentially bent, managed to get charges against her dropped years earlier, meaning she would have owed him and is not reliable.
The new theory comes after a trailer released on Monday teased a very action-packed final episode this weekend.
Interview: Lomax’s investigations lead to Terry Boyle (Tommy Jessop) being interviewed
The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), who is facing imminent retirement, state: ‘All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man.’
Hastings’ powerful words went alongside flashbacks of the deaths of solicitor Jimmy Lakewell, police officer Lisa Patel, journalist Gail Vella and former Detective Inspector Marcus Thurwell- whom fans believe is still alive.
The trailer then shows acting Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) leaving the high-security prison in handcuffs, only to end up alone in a van with a corrupt prison officer who previously injured Lindsay Denton in series three.
Jo says: ‘What’s going on?’, before the camera flashes a sinister look from the prison officer.
A handwritten note is also teased in the trailer, with the word definite misspelt to mirror what viewers have seen previously.
Bring it on: Line Of Duty will be back on Sunday night and fans are eager to find out whether AC-12 will finally crack the case on the elusive H
Shock: And in a teaser released on Monday, viewers can be certain of an action-packed finale episode with a police standoff, the return of balaclava men and that ‘definately’ misspelling
AC-12: The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), state: ‘All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man’
A huge clue of the identity of H began to emerge in series five, when the OCG communicated with ‘H’ through a computer.
Eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice H spelling definitely as ‘definately’, and this misspelling has been repeated in subsequent episodes. Will this handwritten report be the breakthrough AC-12 need to close in on ‘the fourth man’?
It certainly seems Hastings and his team are on to something as police cars sped down the road, with armed officers closing in on a residential area during the trailer.
The Superintendent briefs DI Kate Fleming, DI Steve Arnott and DC Chloe Bishop as they arrive at the scene.
Hastings says: ‘AFO’s will secure the suspect down’, while the words ‘Every investigation has led to this… H’.
And it only gets more dramatic as balaclava men jump out of vehicles armed with guns themselves. Kate opens the police van, brandishes her gun and shouts: ‘armed police’ before the screen fades to black.
Fall from grace: The trailer then shows acting Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) leaving the high-security prison in handcuffs
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
DCI Jo Davidson’s mystery blood relative is…?
After it was revealed that Jo’s DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be.
The overriding theories suggested that Davidson’s relative was either Tommy Hunter, of series one and two, Mike Dryden of series two, John Corbett of series five, or Derek Hilton, killed off in series four.
Tommy Hunter was the leader of the OCG in earlier series of the show, and a paedophile. His character is dead.
Mike Dryden, the former Deputy Chief Constable, was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two. His Scottish links also suggest he could be related to Davidson.
John Corbett was an undercover cop in series five who had his throat slit, leaving behind a wife, two daughters, and a mysterious link to a woman, Anne-Marie, whom fans claim could also be Davidson’s mother.
Derek Hilton was a Chief Superintendent and later the Assistant Chief Constable of Central Police. He was also secretly affiliated with organised crime. He was shot in the mouth in a staged suicide in season four.
Other suggestions were Gill Biggeloe, Jackie Laverty, Lindsay Denton or Terry Boyle.
After it was revealed that Jo’s DNA matched someone on the Police National Computer, fans theorized who that could be. Scottish Mike Dryden was last seen resigning from his post for perverting the course of justice in series two
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