Is this really the end of Juice? What other question could be on the minds of our Sons of Anarchy Round Table, following "Fruit for the Crows," an episode that concluded with either the suicide of a veteran club member, or his attempted suicide.
Matt Richenthal, Dan Forcella and Christine Orlando debate this question, and a few others, in the following Q&A. Won't you pull up a figurative chair and join them?
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Jax assuring Tara she was safe, and the camera then panning to her armed security guard in the kitchen. I actually laughed out loud at the dark humor. How did it work out the last time Tara was in a kitchen with an armed club member? Someone died, remember? Note to Jax: check yourself before you wreck your... marriage.
Dan: Because I've become such a big Bobby Elvis fan as of late, I would have to go with when the big man mustered up the courage to call up the vote for a new President. You have to give it up to Mark Boone Junior for the fear that he portrayed there.
Christine: I have to agree with Dan. I didn't see things going that way so soon,but the seriousness of calling for a vote to oust Clay sent a ripple effect through the club. No matter what the outcome, nothing will be the same.
Is Juice really dead?
Matt: Folks are claiming they can see Juice halfway into this promo. I'm not so sure. I'll go ahead and say yes because SoA is not a show that's afraid to shake things up.
Dan: I originally thought yes, but now everyone's talking about branches snapping and thumping on the ground, so I guess I've changed my mind. Whether it turns out he is gone or not, in the moment it was still some of the most haunting stuff I've ever seen on television. Just absolutely raw emotion from Theo Rossi, and I loved every second of it.
Christine: On the fade to black, there was a definite crack and it sounded like something hit the ground so I'm going to guess that Juice survives. What shape he's in, who finds him and what happens next are all questions I can't wait to find out the answers to.
Will Clay get voted out as President?
Matt: Yes. Jax will then be voted in and his plans to depart will suffer a serious blow.
Dan: It's a great question to ponder. If he gets voted out, Jax most likely becomes President, and continues his arc to being as destructive and violent as Tara could have ever feared. If Clay wins the vote, you know that he will take it out on Bobby. If Clay continues the way HE has been going, I wouldn't be surprised if he puts out yet another hit on a friend of his. Oh, actually answer the question? No he won't.
Christine: I doubt it. I simply don't see enough members risking ending up on Clay's bad side because if you vote against him and he doesn't get outed, you're screwed.
More likely result for Tara: She leaves town, she gets killed, she does some killing?
Matt:Can I brag first and say I'm interviewing Maggie Siff on Monday? This will be the first question I ask her! For now, my guess is that Tara leaves town. She's too caring of a mother to sit around and place her kids in this kind of danger.
Dan: Again with the tough questions. I will go with: she does some killing. Like I said last week, I think she will murder whoever the assassin is that comes after her. Eventually she will leave town, but not just yet.
Christine: I'm voting for she does some killing but, to be honest, if I were in her shoes I'd take my kids and run like Hell. Eventually I believe the need to keep her kids safe will be the breaking point for her and Jax.