Is Kate Fleming dead in Line of Duty?

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

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Line of Duty episode five saw AC-12 get one step closer to uncovering the schemes of Jo Davidson (played by Kelly Macdonald) and Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper). From the events of the previous episode, the anti-corruption team had discovered how dangerous Pilkington could be. He became the ultimate villain at the end of the episode when he pointed a gun at Kate (Vicky McClure)- but did she survive?

Is Kate Fleming dead in Line of Duty?

The fifth instalment of Line of Duty season six began with Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) consulting with Kate.

She had been forced to carry a concealed firearm as the team realised how much of a threat Pilkington had become.

Kate was still adamant her senior officer Davidson was not a bent cop, meanwhile, Arnott and Hastings disagreed.

As it turned out, Davidson was not the one pulling the strings after all – it was Pilkington.

The young PC had started to figure out Kate was onto him, and she managed to locate the OCG firearms workshop.

Before visiting the site, Kate made the whole team hand over their phones so the update could not be leaked.

However no workshop was found when they arrived, and it seemed Pilkington had used another burner to tip the OCG off.

Whilst the site was being investigated, AC-12 had been spying on Pilkington and they had seen him make the phone call.

Kate had secretly told her boss about two other locations, with Arnott waiting and the second site and Hastings at the third.

Kate had been determined to keep Pilkington close to her at all times throughout. 

Two of the OCG’s men were shot dead at the second location and Pilkington was found to have tipped one of them off.

Back at the station, Arnott said Pilkington had become a danger to Kate and he should be arrested, but Hastings refused.

They agreed to keep him under surveillance, but this only gave him a chance to come up with a plan to get rid of Kate.

Davidson had tried to advise Kate to transfer back to AC-12 after she was found to have told Arnott about her plan.

She then agreed to meet Kate outside of work, having been ordered to ‘get rid of her’.

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Fans were shocked when they saw how Pilkington had manipulated Davidson into luring Kate to an abandoned lorry park.

They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on what may happen to her throughout the episode, with one saying: “Me booking tomorrow off work as I’m not sure if Kate is dead or not. #LineofDuty.”

Another said: “Not Kate, not like this. #lineofduty.”

Luckily, Kate had just enough time to send her location to Arnott, and he and the rest of the team went out to find her.

Davidson apologised to Kate before Pilkington emerged with a gun, and Kate tried to talk him down, revealing he was being watched.

There was a fierce stand-off before a gunshot was heard and the episode ended – meaning Kate may have died.

However, there is also the chance she could have shot Ryan just in time as Pilkington started to show his vulnerability.

Another theory is that Arnott and his team arrived in time to intercept Pilkington and disarm him.

Alternatively, Davidson could have double-crossed Pilkington and she could have been carrying a weapon the whole time.

Knowing that Pilkington wanted Kate out of the way, she could have come up with a plan to save Kate and get him off her back.

Fans are hoping Kate managed to shoot Pilkington before he had the chance to fire at her.

Following the final moments of the intense episode, one fan said: “If Kate‘s dead, I’m rioting! #LineOfDuty.”

Some fans have suggested he shot at Kate but missed, and they will have to wait until the next episode to find out what happened.

Another added: “I’ve seen enough TV to know that that cliffhanger isn’t as stressful as the writer’s room probably think it is. I’m sure Kate will have nothing more than a nasty graze next Sunday evening……surely…… Surely…. #LineOfDuty”

Line of Duty airs on Sundays on BBC One. 

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