Only 90 minutes remain on Sons of Anarchy Season 5.
Before we arrive at the finale, however, our TV Fanatic Round Table of Christine Hinton, Chris O'Hara, Carla Day and Christina Lethig (of Sons-of-Anarchy.net) are here to breakdown "Darthy." Jump in and join them, readers!
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Christine: The final scene, where Jax injects his ex with drugs and warns her never to threaten his family. It was horrible. I never saw it coming and it was a bold reminder of how vicious Jax can be.
Chris: Clay having his ink taken out was one of the most intense montages I can recall. Anyone who has ink themselves knows how much Happy raking that gun through Clay’s skin must have hurt. Then there was the emotional toll it took on all those watching. Bobby eventually couldn’t stomach it and left. On the lighter side of things, I loved when Gemma told Lyla her backside looked “like a snack.”
Carla: When Jax beat the crap outta Clay. It was a long time coming. I hoped that release of rage would help Jax move on, but that certainly didn't happen.
Christina: That's an easy one: Happy blacking out Clay's Tattoos. With all the brothers watching.
Do you feel any sorrow for Clay?
Christine: Goodness, no. He's dug his own grave, so to speak. Unfortunately, I can't say that literally. Yet at least.
Chris: I did for a moment when I imagined the shame he will carry for the rest of his life each time he looks at those blacked out Sons tattoos, but he deserved it all and then some.
Carla: Maybe a teaspoon worth. Not because he didn't deserve everything that happened to him, but I have a soft heart. When he finally broke down, I did feel a little sorrow for him... until I remembered all the horrible things he did and then even that teaspoon worth went away.
Christina: I never felt any sorrow for Clay. JT and Piney's murders... Tara's attack... Gemma's beating... the dirty Nomads... all of his lies. He is the catalyst that set Opie's murder in motion. Sorrow? No, that's evil in its purest human form.
Would you have voted to kill Clay?
Christine: Yes, as bad as that is to say. Clay is simply too dangerous to keep alive. He will always find a way to make trouble.
Chris: Yes. The guy tried to have Tara killed! He went behind the club’s back and killed Piney. How is he still alive?!? I understand what Bobby was saying about trying to keep Jax from turning into Clay... but dang Bobby. It took clay all of five hours to move on and work out a plan to start his own crew, recruiting members of the club. He needs to go.
Carla: That's a difficult situation to consider from a personal standpoint. I would never sit at that table, so I would never be in that position. So, I'll answer it this way: The people sitting at that table, with the exception of Bobby, voted to kill Clay because that is the SAMCRO code. And, based on their code of justice, he earned every single vote to meet Mr. Mayhem.
Christina: Yes. Someone get Mr.Mayhem on the phone!
Will Gemma and Nero live happily ever after?
Christine: I wish, but I doubt it. Gemma has two men who want her, one who treats her well and the other who's bashed her face into the floor. Unfortunately, Gemma's never been about making smart choices.
Chris: I don’t think it will be happily ever after, but he is the better choice over Clay. Nero is back in the game. Boardwalk Empire fans know, you can’t be a halfway gangster, so Gemma won’t want for drama. I lost some respect for Nero, though, who could have walked away and taken care of his son but chose the thug life over fatherhood.
Carla: This is SOA, so absolutely not. Charming may have the same name as a fairy tale character, but there is no fairy tale ending.
Christina: I'd like to think so. Nero and Gemma are good for each other. He keeps her crazy at bay, if you will. But if these two are smart, they'll watch out for Clay. He's not going to just lay down without a fight.
Make one bold prediction for the finale.
Christine: Jax and Tig team up and take out Pope. I think Jax was sizing up Pope's right hand man as the guy who would take Pope's place.
Chris: I agree with Christine. Jax mentioned how he hasn’t felt the same since losing Opie. Pope may have signed his own death warrant when he offered up his take on revenge to Jax, who, I don’t think, has satisfied that visceral need yet. As for a prediction of my own: That gun Clay gave Juice will take the life of at least one Son. Juice will use it on Clay to get back in Jax’s favor and give Jax his “payback by proxy” or Juice will use it on himself. Or maybe both.
Carla: Pope being taken out by Jax would be bold, that's for sure. How would that fit into the Charming Heights deal with the mayor, though? Situations and relationships have become so complex on Sons of Anarchy that something has to give. Even bolder? Juice will save Jax's life in a way that will wipe away his misdeeds.
Christina: Jax isn't going to hand Tig over to Pope. He's been playing Pope all season long and he'll team up with Tig to take the gangster down. I see one more "I got this" coming