Line of Duty star Martin Compston has admitted he feels “relief” now that season six of the BBC show has come to an end.
The Scottish actor, who played DI Steve Arnott, took to Twitter on Monday to thank fans for tuning in and even addressed the backlash from viewers regarding the ending of the latest series.
Martin began: “Hey folks now the madness is slightly dying down just want to thank everybody who reached out about last night and the series as a whole, we’ve truly been blown away by the reaction and love for the show we’re proud of it.
“Fully understand it wasn’t the ‘urgent exit’ type ending some anticipated but we appreciate you sticking with us.”
The 36-year-old star continued: “Felt many emotions from excitement and anxiety at the hype to relief that it’s over.
“Now I just feel immense pride our show that started on Wednesday’s on BBC2 has smashed every overnight drama record since they began.
“Finally myself, Vicky, Adrian and Jed made an agreement in the inconceivable and ridiculous scenario we ever got twelve million viewers we would get ‘AC12million’ tattoos. We’ll see who’s good to their word…” he added.
Martin is, of course, referring to his co-stars Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar, as well as show’s creator Jed Mercurio.
Following the season finale on Sunday evening, fans took to social media to slam the ending as “disappointing” and “underwhelming”.
With DCI Ian Buckells unveiled as H, the “blundering fool” was not the criminal mastermind many had hoped, and he was also not an obvious character primed to be revealed as H.
Though the series has been hugely popular, many viewers took to Twitter to rant that they felt their ten years of viewership had been wasted.
“Jo the main guest star, not focused on at all, jo and kates relationship completely skipped over, Chloe just ignored, lomax ignored, random fast paced scenes, no dealt narrative. That was SO DISAPPOINTING IM SO SAD FOR THE SHOW #LineofDutyFinale,” wrote another.
Someone else tweeted: “Well, @Line_of_duty After having watched what was meant to be a fantastic riveting finale to #LineofDutyFinale #LineofDuty, I’m so glad that I hadn’t watched it over the past ten years – such a dull and boring episode. What WAS all the fuss about?!”
Meanwhile, it’s still unsure if there will be a seventh season of the BBC crime drama.