Shots were fired to conclude this week's episode of Sons of Anarchy, and viewers are still debating what the fallout will be.
You can most definitely count our Round Table panelists among these excited, anxious fans, as Matt Richenthal, Dan Forcella and Christine Orlando share their thoughts on "Burnt and Purged Away" in the latest edition of the Sons of Anarchy Round Table. Pull up a virtual chair and join in on the Q&A now...
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Forgive my cop out here, but gonna go with every Ryan Hurst scene. SOA uses this actor in the ideal way, keeping him mostly quiet and internal until events make it impossible for him to remain silent any longer. He's been a revelation over the last two weeks, standing tall - literally and figuratively - every time he's on screen, oozing heartfelt emotion.
Dan: I understand that there was a whole lot of serious goings on in this episode, but my favorite part had to be Tig telling Clay where everyone was while receiving his massage. So and so is here. So and so is there. And Miles and Kozik are dead. So matter of fact.
Christine: I loved the scene at the Irish baby broker operation. It's okay to sell babies, but selling them to Protestant families is the real problem. It represented all of the reasons why I hate people. The second was the moment where the Sheriff's talking and notices that Potter is staring through his office window. Potter looked like something between a stalker and a cartoon character. God, that guy is creepy.
More shocking: Opie shooting Clay, Bobby going to prison or Tig only getting a massage from those three women?
Matt: We don't know that Tig merely got a message from these women. It could have been foreplay. And Otto seemed serious about reaching the end of his loyal rope last week, so I expected Bobby to pay. But Opie actually shooting Clay? With two episodes still remaining this season? Wow.
Dan: Because Clay getting shot has been built up to for so long, I will go with Bobby going to prison. I never thought that Otto would ever really rat on the club. Who's gonna take over the gavel? I guess Jax will have to do it, and inevitably stay put in Charming. Oh well.
Christine: Opie shooting Clay. I really didn't think it would happen. I figured Clay would have a gun under the table and shoot Opie or Jax would stop him. I was shocked when he fired but I loved the look he gave Jax when he did it. Not only had Clay taken his wife and his father but now Opie's best friend was going to side with the son of a bitch? That was just too much to take.
What is Gemma's end game? Why did she want Unser to lie about how Piney died?
Matt: She needs Jax to kill Clay. I don't know exactly how she plans to manipulate this result, but she needs to be in control at all times and, in her misguided head, she believes she can arrange the situation so that Jax takes the final shot and ends the season at the head of the SAMCRO table.
Dan: At this point, I am convinced that Gemma is just out of her mind. She continues to go back and forth on what she wants. Figure out if a dude that murders multiple people for his own self-interest is the right guy for you, G, and if not let him get his. Stop waffling back and forth. I seriously doubt she has any end game in mind.
Christine: I wish I knew. I'm sure Gemma has a plan but I can't figure this one out.
So... is Clay dead?
Matt: As the leader of the club? I think so. But as a human being? It's unlikely. I see a hospital stay being used as a means to take him away from the action for a bit. I'm fine with Clay living, but I won't be fine unless the dynamics of SAMCRO are forever altered after this season. Too much has happened. There's no going back.
Dan: I doubt it, which upsets me. If he lives, I think it is not only a pretty big cop out, but extremely detrimental to the series. This story has run its course. There is no forgiving Clay from this point forward, so what kind of relationships could he have with the other characters? None.
Christine: No. My guess is that Jax calls an ambulance and Clay is saved, but Kurt Sutter keeps surprising me so who the heck knows. Can't wait to find out.