Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has responded to fans after the ending of the sixth series divided viewers on Sunday night.
More than 12 million people tuned in on Sunday evening to watch the last episode of the hit crime drama.
Fans had been gripped throughout the last six weeks, as AC-12 raced to reveal the identity of corrupt cop ‘H’.
After much action, deception, and plenty of plot twists, DS Ian Buckells was unmasked as the unlikely culprit, his identity being revealed through a classic Line of Duty interrogation scene.
But fans felt the last episode lacked the drama seen in previous series and wonder what the point was in a calmer ending which saw Jo Davidson living a new life in witness protection, Buckells in prison and Ted Hastings letting Patricia Carmichael know he wasn’t going to be forced into retirement.
DI Steve Arnott actor Martin Compston has already responded to fans disappointment, but the show’s creator has now also had his say.
In responding to an article detailing how Line of Duty smashed viewing figures, Jed tweeted: “We’re honoured and flattered by the viewing figures for #LineofDuty6.
“We knew attempting to explore the real nature of corruption in our society wouldn’t appeal to everyone, but we do sincerely thank you all for watching.
“It’s been our privilege to share your Sunday nights.”
Fans also seem to have come to terms with the ending now that they’ve had time to mull it over.
One viewer tweeted: “I understand the ending a bit more now, on reflection and after sleeping on it. This season finale could turn out to be a bit of a grower. One thing I’m sure of is that it was one of Adrian Dunbar’s very best episode performances as Ted.”
Another said: “Thank you for this distraction for the past 7 weeks! Sundays will be so boring now pls give us a series 7.”
“I think that because of how exciting the series had been so far, we have been spoiled, lots of us were expecting an explosive end, but on reflection it was the perfect and extremely relevant to our times ending. And the trio in the lift was lovely. Well done to you all,” a third said.