Another Fine Irishman Brought Down by the Bottle — The real fun in last night’s episode was the brewing war with the Irish. There was a certain amount of bulls*ht we had to wade through, while he went through the motions with Jax trailing one Irishmen to another, to a phone number, which connected them to the bosses. But the phone conversation was thrilling, all the more so when we found out that Galen was sitting at the table the whole time. That Galen is an evil son of a bitch, and makes the parting of Toric easier to take.
The gist? Jax brought the Marks deal to the Irish, but Galen had no interest in working with “first the sp*cs and now the n****rs,” because he’s a terrible person. Of course, nobody had to tell Chibs, who understands Irish racism. The confrontation between Chibs and Jax over the deal, however, ultimately brought them together, and Jax agreed to be more transparent, and saved us from another extended, “Everything I do is for this club” (nostril flare) speech. Galen, meanwhile, still prefers to work with Clay.
Undress. I wanna see those t*ts — And now, welcome to the f**ked up portion of last night’s Sons of Anarchy, folks! The Irish, see, left a note for Clay, telling him that their plan was to jailbreak Clay, bring him to Belfast, and have him run SAMCRO’s gun deal. It turns out that Clay, however, is genuinely remorseful about his actions over the last few seasons. So, he arranges a “conjugal” visit with Gemma to relay the plan to Jax and get his advice on how to proceed. In theory, the plan actually gets SAMCRO out of guns. The downside is that Clay survives and SAMCRO’s debt (Tig’s life) is re-activated with August Marks.
Then comes the wrinkle. The guards — who had already been paid off — insisted on turning that “conjugal” visit into a conjugal visit (no quotes) because they like to watch. I’ll let the director of the episode, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, take this, via EW:
“The whole situation was creepy enough,” says Horder-Payton, who needed the actors playing the guards to keep their performances simple so the ick factor wouldn’t mask the emotional impact of the scene — an overwhelming sadness. “In the end, it’s just so sad because of the intimacy they once had, and that they’re now having it again, in a way, but only because they’re so sorry that this has to happen. There’s a certain empathy and respect for each other in that moment, even though the relationship is over,” she says. “It was difficult. I cried a lot while I was directing. It was awful.”
So, was this scene really necessary? Not really. Was it icky as hell? YES. Basically, all it did was to give Jax and Nero two more people — the prison guards — to kill later in the season, which should be fun. Nero will probably make it a long and painful death, and Jax will probably stand on the sidelines and offer, “I like to watch.” Karmic justice.
KABOOM — The Irish, it turns out, had bigger plans than just signing up Clay to run the guns. They had also planned to wipe out the entire club, leaving a bomb in their distribution center. Fortunately, Jax figured it out at the last second, although there was some legitimate tension, not that Jax or any of the other SAMCRO members would die in the blast, but that Abel would.
I don’t like it when kids die, y’all.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way, here: The War with the Irish IS ON. I kind of expected they’d hold that back until the final season, but we’ll take it here. The less obvious questions, however, are these: How did Jax not see this coming? (I dunno. I didn’t see it coming) Did Clay know? (Probably not) Will this bring Jax and Clay together? (Maybe) Was anyone still inside (Probably not). And how will this affect Eli’s arrest of Nero? (I have no idea).
Tune in next week.
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