Adrian Dunbar addresses the Line of Duty fan theory about Boris Johnson

Adrian Dunbar addressed a exercise of duty Fan theory on Boris Johnson.

The sixth season of the hit BBC police trial came to an explosive end last year with a finale that left fans divided.

In a new interview with The IndependentDunbar – who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings – addressed the controversial ending as well as a popular fan theory about the Prime Minister.

***Spoilers for exercise of duty Season six below***

The finale revealed the identity of corrupt senior police officer “H” as the bumbling background character Buckles.

Many fans criticized the reveal, arguing that it was an unsatisfactory conclusion to the long-running mystery.

“There weren’t many other options from finish,” said Dunbar. “In the police force, there’s never really a ‘Mr.

“It’s the very simple things like this that really make the big crimes work – someone has decided not to pay attention to a piece of information because it’s in a criminal’s pocket. So I thought it was a very clever – if not dramatically satisfying – way to end the series.”

Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar (World Productions/BBC One/PA)

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Critics also questioned the plausibility of a clown-like persona like Buckles misleading AC-12 from his nefarious actions, with some suggesting that the show’s writers may have made an indirect comment on the now-outgoing prime minister.

In one scene, Hastings tells Buckles, “Your corruption was mistaken for incompetence.”

On the theory that the show was commenting on Johnson’s behavior, Dunbar said: “Without really having to think about it, I think people have drawn their own conclusions.

“If Boris Johnson hadn’t put himself in the crosshairs of all this – if he hadn’t lived up to all the notions of that particular sentence, I mean … because he did.

“So I think naturally the public was like, ‘Well, who do we know that’s all these things? Obviously Boris.”

Dunbar recently suggested that the next series of exercise of duty could only have two episodes.

While there is no official confirmation yet that the crime drama is returning for a seventh season, a sequel is widely expected.

You can read the full interview with Dunbar here. Adrian Dunbar addresses the Line of Duty fan theory about Boris Johnson


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