Superintendent Ted Hastings (Aidan Dunbar) ruled at the end of season four of Line of Duty, ACC Derek Hilton (Paul Higgins) was the criminal adversary AC-12 had been playing goose chase with since the BBC series began in 2012.
With season five bringing more twists and turns to the plot than ever before, AC-12 have been focusing on bringing down the balaclava group, believing H was no longer going to be a problem.
However, in last week’s episode, DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) made the unsettling discovery H was still active as he was leading the criminal activity of the masked group.
As the plot thickens and Hastings becoming more suspicious, it seems the superintendent could be killed off this season as the team’s trial possibly leads them to expose their boss as the corrupt police officer.
It’s a possibility
After the second episode of the fifth season, bookmakers Paddy Power have taken a flurry of bets from fans of the hit BBC drama, placing Hastings as corrupt officer H at 2/1 on their latest odds table.
However, not only is he one of the hot favourites to be revealed as the super villain terrorising the AC-12 team, but Hastings’ death has become the most likely amongst Line of Duty fans as the season reaches a peak.
With the likes of DS Arnott and DS Fleming in the running to be killed off, Hastings leads the way at 10/11 in Paddy Power’s odds to meet a grime demise.
Speaking about the influx of bets for the major character, a spokesperson for the bookmakers said: “Mother of God! Could Ted Hastings actually be a bent copper? Our odds certainly suggest it’s a possibility – with money troubles and the ominous Kettlebell investment looming over his head.
“And if that wasn’t upsetting enough news for Line of Duty fans, he’s rated the most likely major character to be killed first, though Steve Arnott isn’t far behind him as he appears to agree a deal with the devil in the form of John Corbett.”
During last weekend’s tense second instalment of the BBC crime drama, criminal adversary