10 Things We Learned From This Week’s Devastating ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

Last night’s episode of Sons of Anarchy was momentous, and will have huge implications for the rest of the season/series. Ashley Tisdale showed up. More importantly, a major character died, and there is going to be a lot of divisiveness over whether it should’ve been that character who died. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it yet, so let’s leap past the jump and get right to it.

1. You Made the Wrong Choice — Although I predicted it last Friday, and even though the “previously on” scenes basically confirmed the prediction, Opie’s brutal death-by-metal-pipe was still shocking in its brutality. That sucked. That really, really sucked. To me, because I adored that character, Opie’s death was even harder to take than the one at the end of season two of Boardwalk Empire. The irony is, we’ve been nagging at Kurt Sutter to grow some balls and kill off a major character for awhile, but we didn’t mean Opie! Damnit. For God’s sake, man. He was the best character on the show.

On the other hand, as much as it pains me to say it, his death makes the most sense. There wasn’t anything left for Opie within SAMCRO. Either him or Clay would’ve had to die, and this is Hamlet, and Opie is Ophelia, and Ophelia — like what Opie essentially did — took her own life. Polonius (Piney) is dead. Ophelia is dead. It’s the way it had to happen, and props to Sutter for not cheating the Hamlet storyline. It still hurts, though. And that blow to the back of the head is absolutely seared into my brain.

Oh, and f**k you Ryan Hurst for not preparing us for that in the live Q&A.

I saw some people suggest last week that they wouldn’t watch Sons of Anarchy anymore without Opie, but you know what? For the time being, it’s never been more compelling, and there’s no way I don’t stick it out to see Jax get his revenge upon Damon Pope. I need that revenge.

2. Damon Pope Is One Mean Son of a Bitch — What he did to Tig was awful. This, however, was unconscionable: Making Jax choose which Son would have to die. That was messed up. I hate Damon Pope. But I am loving the hatred. Clearly, Kurt Sutter wanted to create someone even more evil than Gus Fring, and while the character isn’t as compelling yet, he’s certainly on the level in the pure evil category. I didn’t think I could want someone to die as badly as I wanted to see Agent Stahl die, but Sutter has proven me wrong with Pope.

3. I’m going to find out who you are and where you live and then I’m going to kill you — Jax is not kidding, either. The prison guard is a dead man walking. What Damon Pope did was a business decision, of sorts. He forced Jax to surrender a Son to even the score with the Niners. What the prison guard did, however, was pure, nasty unnecessary bloodlust. I’m going to enjoy watching him die.

4. Jax Owns Tig Now — Initially, when Jax told Damon Pople that he wanted Tig out because he’d be a good soldier for him, and that Damon Pope could do whatever he wanted with him afterward, I thought Jax was just playing Pope to get Tig out. But after Jax’s conversation with Tig, I think he means it. I think he really does hate Tig for creating the circumstances that led to Opie’s death. He has Tig in his back pocket now, and one vote he can always count on.

5. Joel McHale Watch Week 3 — Still no Joel McHale. I have a feeling, however, he arrives next week, and maybe he helps SAMCRO get to the prison guard. Here’s McHale’s Bro Walk:

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