Oh - and Chucky. Absolutely brilliant - exactly what a very heavy episode needed.
Piney. Man. I can't even. I knew it was coming and still... I can't even. Clay has now crossed the line into cartoon level villainy. I will be absolutely stunned if he makes it through this season alive. I still think Gemma's going to be the one to take him in. I don't think she realized just how deep Clay's darkness runs but Piney's death will shed a lot of light on that. She's going to kill him to protect her son and her grandchildren. I just hope Tara makes it out before something horrible happens to her. I agree with the person that stated her story is finally believable, at least in theory. I think it's been believable all along. She loves Jax and has for a long time but the danger is no longer just to her as Roosevelt pointed out. Her children are at risk now too and no mother worth her title would believe Jax can protect them. One armed prospect is no match for a hail of automatic gunfire.
Now, Juice and Chibs. Fine performances from two excellent actors. Both have long been favorites of mine and I love that they're really getting the chance to shine, especially Juice. Theo Rossi is such a talented actor. It's great to see him front and center with a real meaty story to work with.
Jax and Opie. I can't be the only person that thinks that perhaps Opie is going to suspect Jax had something to do with Piney's murder. I'd like to think that isn't the case but Jax went to 'check in' with Piney and then Piney winds up dead. I think Piney's death is going to bring such bad stuff down on the club. Another theory - is it possible Alvarez is the rat in the Mayans? He doesn't have the best history with Clay. Perhaps all this was part of a plan?
Clay is just about done on Sons of Anarchy. Gemma's going to take him out. She's not a stupid woman. As soon as she hears Tara's in danger, she's going to know that danger is somehow connected to Clay. Tara's going to know too. Granted it could just as easily be Jax that takes him out but I don't think he really understands how dark Clay's dark side is. I think Jax still thinks Clay has the club's best interests in mind. As for Piney - the only one that's going to take Piney out is Piney. I'm not worried about Tara though. She's too important to the long term story to... well, maybe not. If Clay's gone, there has to be something driving Jax to stay with the club. That could easily be losing Tara. Finally, the racism storyline. I can understand it and I think it's actually really interesting. Roosevelt planted the seed in Juice's head and Juice ran with it. He's insecure and the uncertainty of what would happen should it come out that he broke the rules to join the MC could easily be enough to push him to do something stupid. He didn't kill Miles because of the racism fear though. He killed Miles because Miles caught him trying to put the brick back. It's all snowballing for Juice now. It's not about racism alone anymore. It's about getting caught for stealing a brick and knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that he'd be killed for it. He killed Miles because he's desperate.
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