Sons of Anarchy Recap: Bad Deals, Kept Secrets, and Bloody Knives

By Alyssa Pereira

‘Sons of Anarchy’ is BACK.

We knew it was going to be bloody, and yowza, the premiere definitely was. We left off with Jax in prison after turning himself in for Tara’s safety and Gemma in a half-assed self-imposed purgatory for killing her daughter-in-law in cold blood. Juice is in hiding for betraying Jax, and SAMCRO is on the brink of defeat. Things are looking pretty bleak for Charming’s most lovable bike gang.

Jax made a new friend in eyebrowless Marilyn Manson, who plays a jailed Aryan head honcho of some sort. He so far doesn’t seem very important, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s weird to see Manson outside the boundaries of his normal persona (even if this one isn’t exactly ordinary person status).

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Moving on…

District Attorney Patterson lets Jax off the hook because nobody is pointing any fingers at anyone for the murder of Tara. Naturally that’s Jax’s plan—he’s taking retribution into his own hands. Unfortunately, as he will inevitably find out, that will involve killing his mother. But we’re not there yet.

Gemma seems to be pretty alright with her decision to kill her daughter-in-law. She never seemed to really love Tara (or really anyone who has ever dated Jax, which seems sort of Freudian) and she’s using her own ignorance of the fact that Jax was turning himself in to justify that she doesn’t really have much remorse for what she did.

Jax’s biological family is a mess. Most of them have been murdered, his sons are motherless, and his ex is/was a junkie. Naturally, he’s trying to get a hold on everything he can, meaning he’s going to direct all of his attention towards the club. That means Gemma gets to be on full time Grandma duty, Wendy gets to see her son on the reg because Gemma let Juice stay at her house and Jax gets to seek revenge backed by the full force of SAMCRO. What could possibly go wrong?

Everything, obviously.

There are many players involved in SAMCRO’s struggle to get out of the illicit activities they’ve come to be known for, and all of them pretty much hate each other. The Mayans, the Lin Triad, the Grim Bastards, the One-Niners, the Aryan Brotherhood, and the Byz-lats are all in a circle staring at each other while SAMCRO gets bumped around like an angry, wimpy kid in a mosh pit. Yeah, everyone is at the rock show, but it’s only a matter of time before the dude is going to lose his temper.

And Jax is that kid. He’s looking like the powerless weakling fresh out of jail, but he isn’t going to bend to anyone when it comes to his own objective: revenge. Blood must be spilled for Tara’s murder, and Gemma knows if she’s going to avoid taking the fall, she needs to pin it on someone to satisfy Jax’s blood lust. It works—SAMCRO kills an innocent, believing he had a hand in killing Tara, all because Gemma suggested it.

Stray observations:

Wayne has a hunch that Juice (or someone) is hiding out at Wendy’s when he catches a glimpse of a SAMCRO backpack. Juice puts a gun to his head and we leave him pondering his options while Wayne is tied up. Wayne does not seem nervous because this has happened to him a bajillion times by now and ugh what else is new.

The MUSIC WAS SO GOOD, you guys!

More than anything this season it would be great to see happy endings for the show’s tragic characters: Wendy, Lyla, and Thomas and Abel. We’ve watched them suffer over and over again, and man, I feel for these guys.

There are some big similarities between ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (even more so than just Drea De Matteo and her incredible hair) and I can’t help but feel like Jax, our hero/anti-hero will meet the same fate as Tony.

Tune in next week for the second recap!

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