4. “For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak. With most miraculous organ.” — Hamlet — Well, that’s one way to avoid talking to the cops: BITE OFF YOUR TONGUE. Christ! Honestly, Otto: Just f***ing kill yourself, brother. What kind of life does he have at this point? He’s a crippled, half-blind mute. But you know what? SHOCKING VIOLENCE WILL NOT SAVE THIS EPISODE. Especially when it’s barely in service of anything. Sure, Lee Toric witnessed it, but Toric did nothing with it in this episode. In fact, Toric was barely in the episode. Unser filled us in about his backstory (Harvard. Special Forces. Commendations. Misconduct violations. Basically, he’s a character out of The Shield), but it never played into the finale.
5. “You stupid cracker bitch.” — Don’t ANYONE tell me that that was the revenge Jax had in mind all along. Don’t even ATTEMPT to tell me that Sutter had been setting that up all season. Was it cool? YES. Did it make sense? Not really. It was a relief, though, to see Tig get to take the fatal shot on Damon Pope. It was even more of a relief to see Tig survive. However, it would’ve been a lot more satisfying if Tig had been able to take that shot 8 episodes ago, or if Sutter had kept Pope around more throughout the intervening episodes to keep his evil brewing. There’s a lot of context to this character that was essentially wasted. But yes. IT WAS COOL. And no: I DID NOT EXPECT IT. All that was running through my mind was “How is Tig going to get out of this one?”
It never occurred to me at the last second that Jax would start picking off Niners, mostly because Sutter hid Jax’s true motivations the entire season, which is a cheap way to surprise your audience. A better writer (say, Vince Gilligan) doesn’t disguise motivations; he may misdirect, but he doesn’t outright lie, which is essentially what Sutter had to do to make this twist work. (Though, it did work).
6. Jax’s Revenge: Clay Edition — And the biggest reason why we know that Jax wasn’t setting up a long con is because, up until relatively recently, the Clay piece in his plan didn’t exist. Jax had been working all season to marshall evidence to convince the club to call upon Mr. Mayhem. When that failed, then I guess he hatched the plan to save Tig and frame Clay for Pope’s murder (knowing that Eli would be happy to go along with the frame-up job). The other twist here was Juice’s role in getting Clay’s gun to Jax (and stabbing Clay in the back). Maybe I simply don’t remember it, or missed it, but I don’t readily recall Juice handing the gun off to Jax, and had I known (or remembered that), it would’ve made the scene between Juice and Clay more tense. We also see Gemma stab Clay in the back, which actually made me feel sorry for Clay. August Marks also put the hit out on Clay (as Jax planned), although the episode ended before that took place, sparing Clay’s life once again.