Martin Compston addresses Line of Duty finale backlash as cast set for ‘AC-12 tattoos’

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Line of Duty series six finale pulled in a staggering 12.8 million viewers as eager fans finally got to find out who the mystery ‘H’ was. Following weeks of twists and turns, the culprit was revealed as DS Ian Buckells (played by Nigel Boyle).

The episode concluded with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) leaving AC-12 together.

After the show finished, fans of the show, including Piers Morgan, took to Twitter to express their thoughts, with many admitting they were underwhelmed by the episode.

Piers wrote in view of his 7.9 million followers: “Definately a tad underwhelming. #LineofDutyFinale.”(sic)

Taking to Twitter today, Martin insisted he understood why people were not impressed with the ending.

In view of his 481,000 followers, the Steve Arnott star began by thanking fans for their support throughout the series.

“We’ve truly been blown away by the reaction and love for the show we’re proud of,” he wrote.

“Fully understand it wasn’t the ‘urgent exit’ type of ending some anticipated, but we appreciate you sticking with us.”

He added: “Felt many emotions from excitement and anxiety at the hype to relief that it’s over.”

Martin concluded his post, telling fans that he, Vicky, Adrian and show creator Jed had agreed to get tattoos if the show hit 12 million viewers.

He said the quartet made the “agreement in the inconceivable and ridiculous scenario [that] if we ever got twelve million viewers, we would get ‘AC12 million’ tattoos.

“We’ll see who’s good to their word,” he signed off.

Many of his fans flocked to his post to comment.

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One commented: “I must admit I was initially very disappointed at the finale, but on reflection I do understand it and I’m only hoping (like millions of others) that there is a season 7.

“Well done to you all for an amazing series. Enjoy your well earned rest and see you again soon.”

A second added: “I thought last nights episode was spot on and ticked the box.”

A third wrote: “You definitely need to get the tattoos! Well done to you all for a fantastic season, you were all incredible.”

Martin and Vicky were quizzed about a potential seventh series on The Jonathan Ross show earlier this week.

He said: “We won’t come back just for the sake of it. That’s for sure.

“We’ll come back if there’s a story to tell. But, so as well, if it ends well maybe sometimes it is best to leave it.

But, so, genuinely we don’t know.”

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