Rest in peace, Clay Morrow.
Or not. It depends on your point of view.
But the death of this long-time character was clearly the main takeaway from Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 11 and it's our main focus below.
Join TV Fanatic staffers Matt Richenthal, Christine Orlando and Carla Day as they breakdown "Aon Rud Persanta."
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: I'll just gush over Katey Sagal here. It's silly and played out at this point to wonder how she hasn't been nominated for an Emmy... but how has she not been nominated for an Emmy?!? Her entire reaction to Clay's death, highlighted by her breakdown in the car, was simply terrific.
Christine: All of it was so good, but I truly loved the scene between Unser and Gemma. There's a big difference between being grandma one day and mom the next. Unser tried to pull her out of her fantasy land by pointing out that this life was dirty and sad and only bound to get worse. Then he told her he was in love with her as he walked out the door. That was a lot of truth from a dying man who has nothing left to lose.
Carla: I loved the entire episode. It was filled with so many favorite moments. Clay's "Where the hell are the Irish?" and Tara's "mob doctor" comments cracked me up. SAMCRO's execution of Galen and the Irish shocked me. Unser's declaration of love for Gemma was depressing. The Clay's dead man walk through his execution will be the scene that was the most memorable. And, Jax's touching declaration of understanding about Tara's actions was heartfelt and hopeful.
React to Clay's death.
Matt: Tara said it best: Clay Morrow should have died a long time ago. It definitely says something that the one-time President and former co-lead was killed off... and it wasn't on a season finale or even the concluding scene of the episode. The drawn-out, quiet set-up was extremely well done in the moment, but the event itself felt anti-climactic after all the contrivances SOA needed to keep Clay alive for so long.
Christine: I'm still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor. I really thought he was getting on a plane. But it was the quietness of it all that shocked me the most. They all just stood there, Clay included and waited for Jax to pull the trigger. Clay's final look at Gemma was so sad and having her and Nero and Tara watch from the window gave it all an eerie almost clinical feel. I never would have expected it to go down that way. SOA surprised me once again.
Carla: Agreed. Reprieve after reprieve, I wasn't sure Clay would ever die. In the end, Clay was killed when it best fit Jax and SAMCRO's plan and for that reason it worked for me. I actually felt for Clay from the moment he realized his time had run out, during his dead walk, when he was told the vote was unanimous and then finally when he looked at Gemma for the last time. It was a deserved execution and brilliantly choreographed.
Will Tara really turn on SAMCRO?
Matt: I don't see it. I say she ends up telling Jax about the deal and they somehow come up with a plan that still sets SAMCRO free.
Christine: I wish I knew. For the sake of her boys and her self she should take the deal, but when it comes down to it, I'm not sure she'll be able to send Jax and all of SAMCRO to prison to buy her freedom.
Carla: She's a wild card right now. I'm not sure if she would actually go through with it or not. I have hope that Jax's words of understanding and his actions to get the Club out of guns is enough to convince her to stand by her husband. Jax's arrest would not be the best for her or for their family. If she goes through with it, she will certainly regret it.
Will Nero stick with Gemma?
Matt: Yes. But I think Nero gets killed off before Sons of Anarchy Season 6 comes to an end. I pray that I'm wrong, but SAMCRO can't afford to lose any more members and I foresee another major death on the horizon.
Christine: I hope so just because I LOVE the character. Nero adores Gemma but he's not blind to the reality of her and her life, which makes him even more interesting. At least he knows not to marry her. As he said, what happens to her husbands, "it ain't pretty."
Carla: Yes. I don't think they will get married any time soon, but they will stay together. He loves her in spite of her flaws. Also, he brings out a side of her that no one else ever has. She trusts him and her honesty will keep him by her side.
Where does Patterson rank among all-time SAMCRO foes?
Matt: Near the top because she's actually intelligent and competent. Toric was a crazy mess and past antagonists have included skinheads and members of the IRA, villains who made SAMCRO look good by comparion. But Patterson is very much in the right here, creating some serious grey areas when it comes to rooting on the MC.
Christine: There have been so many that I think I've lost track. She's certainly formidable because she's not about to let go and walk away. Plus she's got Tara in her sights and she's this close to getting her to give up the club. I don't think anyone's ever gotten someone from the inside to flip before. We'll have to wait and see how successful her plan will be.
Carla: She's probably the one that's stuck closest to the law and hasn't turned to highly illegal activities in an attempt to bring them down. She's used negotiation and manipulation to varying degrees of success so far. SAMCRO should fear her, but not to the same extent as their other foes. Patterson's not going to kill them.