Ryan Pilkington didn’t shoot Kate Fleming as Line of Duty fans spot blunder with gun

Line of Duty: Kate and Ryan are caught in a shootout

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The fifth episode of Line of Duty season six left fans with more questions than answers; is DS Kate Fleming (played by Vicky McClure) really dead? Did she manage to shoot PC Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper) before he fired his gun at her? And what happened to DCI Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) – did she watch on or try and interfere with the shootout? While there are a few days to wait until the penultimate episode, eagle-eyed viewers have spotted a blunder that suggests Kate wasn’t shot by Ryan. 

Kate, Ryan and Jo were at an empty lorry park, and it was Ryan’s aim to kill Kate on behalf of the OCG. 

Jo tried to leave, claiming she “had done her bit” and didn’t “need to stay and watch”, but this angered Ryan who fired a bullet above her head. 

Reacting, Kate pulled out her own weapon and pointed it at the PC and the two then proceeded to convince the other to “drop the gun”. 

Those watching at home, however, noticed the hammer on Ryan’s gun had already been pulled back before he first shot towards Jo was fired. 

Taking to Reddit, a user posted to screen grabs from the scene with the captions: “This is before Ryan has fired the warning shot at Joanne. Hammer is pulled back.” 

And: “This is after, during the heated exchange with Kate. Will the gun fire when the triller is pulled?” 

Someone replied: “Very interesting spot. We’ve seen Ryan use knives before but not guns. AFOs like Kate have to practice at police firing ranges. 

“How much opportunity does a probationary constable have to practice shooting workshopped guns…?” 

But another commented: “Almost every single workshopped semi-auto gun is unreliable. Ammunition is normally modified.” 

The user then “rewatched the scene” and added: “Ryan’s gunshot at 56:37 definitely sounds different to both of the two shots at the end. But that could be a Jed Herring…”

Another fan suggested: “Ah this is my theory, the guns going to miss-fire. That’s the whole reason the factory guns have been mentioned all series,” and one added to this: “Yeah when she said something about it being workshopped my first thought was he is going to blow off his hand.”

“Could easily be a continuity error, but amazing spot if it’s true to the story!” A reply said. 

With only two episodes left until the end of season six, fans are piecing together all of the clues. 

While ‘Definately’ and DCS Patricia Carmichael’s (Anna Maxwell Martin) name have been previously mentioned, Steve flashing his lights four times is something new for fans to get their teeth into. 

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Writer Jed Mercurio is extremely detailed and nothing is done without a reason for it. 

In the first episode of the latest series, Steve met Kate in the car park and covertly singled to her by flashing his car lights and fans believe this was morse code for ‘H’. 

Someone else potentially connected to H is Steph Corbett (Amy De Bhrun) – John Corbett’s (Stephen Graham) wife. 

When Steve went to visit her, fans noticed the letter H on a kitchen tile. 

To add to this, perhaps the most eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed the gold clubs in DSI Ian Buckles’ office. 

So far, there have been three corrupt “caddies” working for the OCG – Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan (Craig Parkinson), Derek Hilton (Paul Higgins) and Gill Biggeloe (Polly Walker) – and now they believe Buckles is the fourth.

As for what is going to happen in episode six, the TV Guide doesn’t give much away. 

Apparently, AC-12 will be seen struggling to deal with the repercussions of tragic events. 

Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), on the other hand, will make one final bid to uncover institutionalised corruption before his time runs out.

Line of Duty airs Sunday night at 9pm on BBC One. 

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