LINE of Duty fans were left shocked tonight after a series one baddie infiltrated the police force – despite killing a cop.
The BBC crime drama returned for the second episode of series six and saw a familiar face reappear.
Line of Duty fans were left shocked tonight by the return of a series one baddie as a copperCredit: BBC/World Productions/Steffan Hill
A new recruit turned up in the police force and Operation Lighthouse, and viewers quickly clocked who it was.
Ryan Pilkington first appeared in the show in series one as a trouble teen who was the terror of his housing estate and would deliver burner phones and drugs on his BMX bike.
He also came face to face with DS Steve Arnott after he was kidnapped by crime boss Tommy Hunter, who Ryan worked for.
He was arrested and questioned by then-DC Kate Fleming, before being let go.
Ryan Pilkington was a troubled teen causing havoc on his estate on his BMX in series one
Ryan would transport burner phones and drugs
In series five he returned as a member of the organised crime gang and slit undercover cop John Corbett’s throat
But in series five he returned as the youngest member of the organised crime group lead by undercover cop John Corbett.
And in a shocking scene, Ryan slit John’s throat after he fell into the trap set by the other members of the OCG.
Considering his past, viewers were shocked to see him all smart in his police uniform, and surprised that Kate didn’t recognise him when they were in the same room together.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Can’t believ that little runt ryan became a copper? Obviously bent b*****d”.
Viewers couldn’t believe he was now a police officerCredit: BBC
Another tweeted: “Ok, I’ll admit it, it took me several minutes to recognise Ryan … #LineofDuty.”
A third added: “Ryan f***ing Pilkington. A little d***head then, a little d***head now.”
In a further twist ,Ryan was seen picking up DCI Joanne Davidson from the police station after she was let go by AC-12 following her being interviewed for corruption.
So it seems both coppers have links to the OCG, but viewers will have to wait and see how deep those links go and what damage they will do.
Line of Duty continues next Sunday, April 4 at 9pm on BBC One.