Why exactly did Tim Ifield (Jason Watkins) disguise himself as the murderous Balaclava Man, prior to his own death at Roz Huntley's hands?
We put the question to series creator / writer Jed Mercurio, who was kind enough to provide us with an explanation. Well, a possible explanation.
"Credible theories were put forward for that in the series, and obviously it's up to the audience whether they believe them or not," he said.
According to Mercurio, Tim putting on the mask was linked to his previous activities – he was seen visiting Balaclava Man victim Hana (Gaite Jansen) in the café where she worked, and taking a sample of her DNA from a glass.
"In terms of Tim and Hana, he appeared to be harvesting her DNA to create a false evidence trail," Mercurio explained. "Then he appeared to be styling himself like Balaclava Man, again to create a false evidence trail, but also to cover his complicity in what he believed to be the manslaughter of Roz."
So there you have it. Convinced of Michael Farmer's innocence, Tim took Hana's DNA to cast doubt on his guilt – and planned to disguise himself as Balaclava Man for the same reason.
He later donned the mask after his fight with Roz (Thandie Newton), because... well, because he didn't want to get caught on camera buying power tools to dismember her body.
So there you have it. The last big mystery from Line of Duty series 4 – solved.
Except, of course, for the mystery surrounding the identity of corrupt officer 'H' – and the possibility that Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) might be corrupt...
Line of Duty series 4 and complete series 1-4 box set are available on DVD from May 8.
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