Does this mean Ted could find himself taking his uniform out for one more spin before Kate or Steve take over his responsibilities?
It comes after a clue was dropped in the official trailer for the impending series.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed a QR code on a magazine in the clip and when scanned, a letter appeared from the office of the Chief Constable.
The contents read: “FAO. DCC. A WISE, I think it is high time we had a much closer look at AC-12.
“I’m beginning to question whether this department is fit for purpose especially under its current – and let’s be frank – extremely difficult leadership.
“Ted Hastings doesn’t lead investigations, more commit to a crusade. He is oblivious to the politics of the satiation which creates problems for me and problems for you because policing is politics.