Recap: ‘Sons of Anarchy’: The lost boy
Last week I was forced to watch the episode “Laying Pipe” through my fingers, behind a pillow and with my eyes mostly shut. I couldn’t bear to watch the gruesome scene that had unfolded before me.
I, like most people, loved Opie Winston (Ryan Hurst). Sure, I love Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) and I count Juice (Theo Rossi) as my favorite son of anarchy, but Opie was a character that most people would have called beloved. He was the strong silent type, but he was also the type to step up and have your back, no matter the cost – the true backbone of SAMCRO.
If there was one character who I think embodied everything that the club stood for at its founding, I think it would have to be Opie. He gave his heart, his soul, his everything to a club that would eventually be the death of him. I understand his willingness to walk into that room, and I understand that going on without Donna and without his father was probably just too much to bear, even for those broad shoulders, but I don’t think I’ll be coming to terms with what happened anytime soon.
Tonight, as I watched the brothers of SAMCRO pay their respects to their fallen comrade, I found it insanely hard not to cry. Call me a sap, call me a girl, make fun of me all you want. But there is something to be said about a show that can affect you that way. Not many shows have the balls to kill off main cast members, and most shows would never in a million years do it to such a brilliant character and in the brutal way that Opie went out.
So instead of my regular ‘Sons of Anarchy’ recap, I think tonight I’m going to cut it short. I’ve already touched on the reasoning behind Opie’s willingness to sacrifice himself and I’ve already written about why I think his death was not just a reaction to Kurt Sutter’s unwillingness to off Clay last season.
I’ve spent a lot of time this past week dwelling on what Opie’s death meant to Jax, to the club, to the show and to me. And in the end I found that Opie was kind of the glue that held all those things together for me. I know that’s kind of ridiculous to be that moved by a television show, but when the writing and the acting is as good as it is on ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ I think you’d be remiss if you just let it roll off your back like you were watching an episode of ‘New Girl.’
However, there are a few things that I think need to be touched on, as they are quite important to ongoing story lines…
- Jax, in exchange for Nero to stay away from Gemma and his family, has offered the man the women of CaraCara to get his business up and running again. He and the Sons will be silent partners in the prostitution business.
- Gemma, the ever sly master manipulator, was able to goad Tara into beating a woman. Sure, the woman probably had it coming, but we’ve never seen Tara that way before. Because of what Nero’s madam did, Jax had to lay down his bike (though, technically I think the reason was Ashley Tisdale, but whatever) and after taking out her earrings (ever the classy lady) and attempting to strangle Gemma, Tara’s overwhelming anger broke through and she beat the madam’s face in with her cast. All of this happened as Gemma looked on and did nothing.
- I have to say that while I approve of Tara standing up for herself and for not taking shit from anyone (mainly Gemma), I am a little concerned about the dark path that her mother-in-law seems to be sending her on. Part of the reason I fell in love with the Tara character was because she was a strong and badass woman, but she had a conscious, and she was smart enough not to fall for Gemma’s manipulations. And she was able to control herself and control Jax. I am afraid to see where this storyline ends up, because right now Tara is not the Tara I know and love, and Gemma is a one-note cartoon villain of her previous self. Both of these women deserve more.
- It’s getting harder and harder for me to see Tig and Clay and not want to punch my hand through my television screen. Every time I see their faces, I’m reminded of Donna, of Piney and of Opie. And I cannot wait until they get their due.
And once again, the music supervisor for ‘Sons of Anarchy’ has hit the nail on the head. You can tell that the music for each episode is carefully picked and the song that played over tonight’s closing montage was beautiful in its own right, but it was also beautiful in the way it reflected Opie and his end. The song is called “The Lost Boy” by Greg Holden, and you can watch the video of him singing it below. I’ve already purchased it and listened to it a good five or six times. I suggest you consider doing the same.