Line of Duty fans insist Ryan Pilkington COULDN'T have shot Kate Fleming after spotting major gun blunder

RYAN Pilkington would be unable to shoot Kate Fleming, according toeagle-eyed Line of Duty fans.

The fifth episode of Line of Duty’s sixth series raised more questions than answers when it aired on Sunday night.

Ahead of the penultimate episode, viewers are convinced they spotted something amiss with Ryan's gun.

Kate (Vicky McClure), Ryan (Gregory Piper) and Jo (Kelly Macdonald) were locked in a tense stand-off at an empty lorry park after the OCG demanded that Kate was killed off. 

Earlier on Jo had tried to leave the corrupt organisation, saying she “had done her bit” and didn’t “need to stay and watch”, but this angered Ryan, who fired a bullet just above her head. 

Reacting, Kate pulled out her own weapon and pointed it at the PC as the pair screamed at each other to “drop the gun”. 

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

This should have made his shot impossible, leading to plenty of confusion.

Equally, it was unclear if Kate managed to shoot PC Ryan Pilkington before he even attempted to fire his gun at her.

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

They added: “This is after, during the heated exchange with Kate. Will the gun fire when the trigger 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…?” 

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…”

This play of words refers to series writer Jed Mercurio, who is known for being extremely detailed when it comes to his twists and turns.

Another fan suggested: “Ah this is my theory, the gun is going to That's the whole reason the factory guns have been mentioned all series.”

Another chimed in: “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!” someone else replied. 

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

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

However, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), will make one final attempt to uncover institutionalised corruption before his time runs out.

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

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