In the wake of this original SAMCRO member's death, our sullen Sons of Anarchy Round Table panel of Matt Richenthal, Dan Forcella and Christine Orlando has gathered to eulogize the man and talk in-depth about "Family Recipe." Readers are encouraged to join them...
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: The final one. No, not Clay shooting Piney. The fine camerawork where the show closed in on Piney's cut and the bloody-soaked SAMCRO logo, and then the one we see at the conclusion of every episode was painted on the screen.
Dan: My favorite was definitely the stark contrast between the "almost vote" and the shootout. Everything was moving so slowly as the Redwood Originals prepared to either vote out Clay or break Bobby's heart, and then everything blew up in a shit storm of bullets, ruining it all.
Christine: When they found the heads in the bag. I didn't see that one coming. Loved Gemma's reaction. "They dumped a bag of heads! We're living in God damned Juarez here." Then she finds one in the chili and barely flinches. You can throw anything at this woman and she'll handle it.
Pen a eulogy for Piney.
Matt: Piney, you were mean and grumpy and likely had a drinking problem. But you were also one very honest man and you truly loved your son. May you rest forever in peace, breathing free and easy, with nothing but an endless bottle of Jim Beam and a cabin far away from any dead people that annoy you.
Dan: They called him Crazy Old Piney... well, maybe that was just me, but he was a crazy old man nevertheless. It seems like it was just three weeks ago that I picked Opie's father in the Sons of Anarchy Death Pool. Oh wait! It was! Not Clay. Not Bobby. Not even Juice could defeat Piney as the first regular to go down this season. I'm going to miss that old man.
Christine: Piney told his son he loved him, told Jax what he really thought about him and his father, and then looked his killer in the eye when he died. Piney didn't let up and he didn't back down. He will be missed.
Is Tara making the right decision to peace out to Portland?
Matt: Yes, although I question whether or not a hospital there actually wants her. I love Jax's Old Lady and all, but she must be the most irresponsible surgeon ever!
Dan: Absolutely! Get out while you can. I don't care what Clay says while he hands out 150 grand like it's candy, Charming is going to shit. Tara, take the kids, take all the money you can, and leave these fools with nothing.
Christine: I don't think Portland is far enough. Run and don't look back. A sleepy prospect asleep at the kitchen table isn't much protection. f it had been an armed killer at her door and not the sheriff, she and the kids would be dead. Unfortunately, Clay may just track her down in Portland.
Who will die next?
Matt: Unser. Will is it be the actual cancer? Or the SAMCRO cancer known as Clay? I can't say. But I can predict that this loyal SOA foot soldier wrote his own death sentence when he tried to protect Tara.
Dan: Now the correct answer is Clay Morrow. With his murder of Piney, the current Pres has gone full blown heel. I'm loving his villainous turn, but there only be so long that can last.
Christine: Heck if I know! I just take a deep breath and hold on for the ride.