After Line of Duty season six came to an end, creator Jed Mercurio tweeted an image of AC-12 with the caption: “Carry the Fire.” Many viewers were left baffled by the message but eagle-eyed fans will have noticed this phrase was uttered by Superintendent Ted Hastings (played by Adrian Dunbar) as he spoke to Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin) and confessed he was the reason John Corbett (Stephen Graham) was killed by the OCG (Organised Crime Group).
Hastings walked into Carmichael office and told her: “I’d like to make a statement on my involvement in the leak of information that led to the unlawful killing of a serving police officer, Detective Sergeant John Corbett.
“In an interview conducted by me on a convicted OCG member, Lee Banks, in Blackthorn Prison on the 12 March 2019…I disclosed that there was an informant in the OCG.
“I believe this information was passed on and whether or not it was deduced that Corbett was a UCO, he was murdered because of the consequences of my actions.”
“What do you expect me to do with that information?” Carmichael asked.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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Ted Hastings' hidden message proves AC-12 will return for Line of Duty season 7 (Image: BBC)
Ted Hastings told Patricia Carmichael to 'carry the fire' as he left AC-12 (Image: BBC)
Hastings replied: “Well, that’s entirely up to you M’am. But whatever you do, you do it because you can about truth, and accountability.
“You do it because you carry the fire.”
Hastings walked out of Carmichael’s office leaving her in silence as he rejoined Fleming and Arnott before the trio left the office together.
Many fans may have believed this was the end of AC-12 with the fate of Line