'Bodyguard' creator teases that there's 'a grain of truth' in those fan theories

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Bodyguard’s Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes (Credit: BBC)

Jed Mercurio, the creator of hit BBC show Bodyguard, has teased that fans might be onto something with their voracious theorising about the twist that’s inevitably on its way.

Many fans reckon that Keeley Hawes’ character, the fictional home secretary Julia Montague, will somehow be pronounced ‘not dead’, despite being pronounced dead in episode three of the show.

“We’re all sitting back and enjoying the speculation. It’s great that people have their own theories,” he told This Morning.

“Actually, I do look at some of the bigger theories and it’s interesting that occasionally there’s a grain of truth.”

Mercurio has killed off a character played by Hawes in a previous series of Line of Duty, which is also his creation, so there is precedent for his actions.

(Credit: BBC)

“That’s also part of the history, the fact that it happened before makes people swing towards the idea that she must obviously be dead,” he went on.

“But then there are other things that are in the drama that make the observant people swing towards the idea that possibly that’s a ruse. We’re just sitting back and enjoying the response and the speculation.

“There isn’t an alternative ending. We weren’t in a position where we could commit to doing that and shoot it different ways and then edit it different ways.

“We definitely have a conclusion and I think that at the end of it people will know exactly what they need to know.”

Another theory doing the rounds is that not only is Julia still alive, but Richard Madden’s David Budd may try to take his life again before finding out, giving the show a Romeo and Juliet type vibe.

We’ll find out when the series finale airs this Sunday night.

The show will soon be getting an international audience too, following news that it’s signed up a deal to appear on Netflix.

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