We go into this episode knowing someone will die. If you haven't seen this episode yet, stop reading because that's basically all I'm going to talk about. I don't care about Gemma's conniving ways of trying to see her grandson that wouldn't be out of place on Maury. This is all about who dies, and what that means for SAMCRO long-term. Now, let's talk about how ...
Let's get that out of the way. Opie's dead as Dillinger, dead as disco, dead as a man viciously beaten with a large metal pipe until his heart stops beating. It's incredibly cruel how it's Opie who bites it. He was originally dead-set (hah!) on leaving SAMCRO behind. Then Jax talks him back into his leather, and next second Opie's in jail quickly followed by the morgue. Way to go, Jax! You're doing a great job as president.
It's all part of Niner leader Pope's retaliation against the Sons for killing his daughter. He offers Jax a deal: his club members walk on their manslaughter charges but Tig spends his life in jail, 50% of all drug money now goes to the Niners and a Son has to die.
Correction: Opie Chooses to Die, Which is Really Stupid
Opie chose his own fate though. When Jax refuses to hand over an MC member, his captors decide they'll just pick someone. Opie puts his head together with the guards to make their decision easier, and by "puts his head together" I mean he literally headbutts one of them in the face.
What an incredibly stupid decision. Opie was the only one who still had some sense of reality about how dealing drugs for incredibly violent cartels maybe wasn't their best decision, and now can never talk some sense into SAMCRO. If Opie really wanted to do the club some good, he should never have gone to jail and made Jax see reason upon his release. Now his demise is another nail in the Sons of Anarchy's coffin.
Jax + Tig = BFFs
Meanwhile, Jax continues his transformation into Clay. Tig's incredibly guilty about Opie's death, which is a perfectly reasonable response as it's kinda his fault. Seeing as Tig used to be Clay's go-to hatchet man for dirty deals, it further cements Jax as Clay's spiritual successor. There's no hope now for SAMCRO to ever turn into the happy-go-lucky hippie biker commune Jax's father envisioned, which is good news as that would probably make for boring television.
Sons Prepare to Get Their War On
All this points to an inevitable war with the One Niners. They've killed Jax's best friend and moral compass. Even worse, they're taking bread off of Jax's motorcycle-free future table. If he truly wants to leave the Sons behind, he'll need every cent possible to do so.
Oh, and previews for next week's episode showed the Sons and XIXer gangbangers shooting at each other or something. Will this affect the Sons dealings with the Galindo cartel? Were you hoping for someone other than Opie to die? Comment and let us know.
P.S. It totally should have been Chibs instead of Opie.
Daniel MikelonisContributing Writer(Image courtesy of FX)