The following contains spoilers from the Season 6 premiere of "Sons of Anarchy." Don't read if you don't want to know.
When we left off, "Sons of Anarchy" was pure chaos. Tara ( Maggie Siff) was headed to prison, Clay ( Ron Perlman) was framed for murder, Jax ( Charlie Hunnam) was becoming the type of club president we all hoped he wouldn't and, most importantly, Otto ( Kurt Sutter) lost another body part. Rest in peace, Otto's tongue.
Fast forward a bit and you come across Season 6. With only two seasons left to complete his vision, Sutter is bent on making the story of "Sons of Anarchy" as deeply disturbing as possible, and the premiere, "Straw," does just that.
The biggest news out of the episode occurred near the end, when a young boy ( Tate Berney), who popped up in nearly every scene, walks into his school with a gun and opens fire, after rolling up his sleeves to reveal cutting marks up and down his arms and a notebook full of disturbing drawings. The school shooting is a moment in the series that will likely stick with viewers for a long time to come, seeing as those events do exist in the world.
This is the moment Sutter has been saying would act as a catalyst for the third act of the story, and it changes everything. With the possibility of SAMCRO being implicated in the shooting by the gun that was used, everything Jax wants for his family and his club could be lost.
As for Clay, he's wasting away in prison, under protective custody. How did he wind up in protective custody? Lee Toric ( Donal Logue) is back and believes he can get Clay to flip on the club. Toric isn't necessarily in a proper frame of mind though, as it's revealed he's got a pretty bad drug problem, which Logue told Zap2it will open up a much darker story for the character
Even if he can turn Clay on the club, it's not like SAMCRO is in the best shape these days. For starters, Bobby ( Mark Boone Junior) has relocated to Nevada for the time being, and he's looking to go nomad. At one time he was Jax's biggest supporter, the one who kept him honest. Those days are over, though. Then there's Juice ( Theo Rossi), who has the guilt of Clay and the club weighing him down. Who knows what will happen with Tig ( Kim Coates). He's lost his daughter, killed the man responsible for her demise, and is indebted to Jax for saving him. That's something the club president won't let him forget.
The odd man out in the situation seems to be Chibs ( Tommy Flanagan), the new vice president. More than maybe even Jax, he loves the club. The scene where he works out his frustration at Juice over betraying the Sons is an important one for his character and the friendship between the two. As the one person who has been on Juice's side from the beginning, you can't really blame the guy for needing to bloody his brother a little bit.
Tara is on a whole other journey and she's convinced it's because Gemma ( Katey Sagal) told the cops she was part of the murder of Toric's sister. If it turns out to be true, it wouldn't be very surprising. Gemma has made it clear that she's willing to do anything to keep Jax rom leaving.
As if being in jail wasn't enough, Tara's marriage to Jax also seems on shaky ground, as she refuses to let him visit her in prison. Marital bliss is hard to achieve when half the couple is behind bars.
Back in Charming, a beaten up Lyla ( Winter Ave Zoli), who is a mess over the Season 5 death of Opie ( Ryan Hurst), leads the club to a showdown with torture porn producers, which includes one of the weirdest and most disgusting deaths in the history of the show. Seriously, being drowned in a bathtub filled with urine? The battle also serves as the beginning of a business alliance with Charlie Barosky ( Peter Weller), who runs the port in Stockton. He sets Jax and Nero ( Jimmy Smits) up with a brothel madame ( Kim Dickens) who is looking to expand her business.
To celebrate the new partnership, Jax makes yet another in a long line of truly poor decisions, sleeping with the madame and cheating on his wife. The episode ends with Tara accepting her hardcore ways, as she delivers a prison beating, while giving the impression that Clay has decided to rat on the club to save his own life.
The episodes leaves many questions, from whether Clay is turning his back on the club, to how Jax can right himself and save his family and SAMCRO, or if he even wants to anymore. Of course, it all goes back to the school shooting, which is one of the most disturbing things the show has ever done. The fallout is sure to be catastrophic fore everyone involved.With "Sons of Anarchy" going out after Season 7, there's a lot of work that's going to be done to end this whole bloody affair.
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