SAMCRO will put the final part of their plan into motion to get Jimmy and take him out for good. Jax and Stahl will also set their plan into motion as Jax goes full on rat to protect the club he loves so dearly.
Gemma will attempt to make a life altering decision for the sake of Jax, Clay and the rest of the club.
And Tara will discover something that could alter Jax’s life forever.
What worked: I honestly don’t know where to begin with this one. And the reason I don’t know where to begin is because I am still reeling from the absolutely brilliant conclusion to this season.
Let me say this first and foremost, this episode completely threw me from a writing stand point. It isn’t very often that I get to share a good ol’e “what… the… fuck…” with my friends. I have gotten so used to spotting double crosses on TV that when one really takes me for a loop, I’m always impressed and grateful. So I owe a huge sense of gratitude to the Sons of Anarchy writers for throwing in the twist at the end.
Speaking of the final double cross, allow me to issue a massive “HELL YES!” for the death of one of my most hated characters on television, ATF Agent June Stahl. May she rest in hell. And the way it was done, with Ope pulling the trigger with the same type of (and maybe even the same exact) gun that killed his wife. He’s known for a long time that Stahl was responsible for the death of his wife, and I’m glad he finally got his revenge. Hopefully now he can move on.
And let me say this, I hate Stahl as a character, but Ally Walker sold her plea for life so well. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted Ope to blow her brains out really bad, but just for a moment I felt like her pleas for mercy felt genuine. So a major props to Ally Walker for her final appearance on the show.
I also love how this ending completely changes the outlook of the entire season. Because originally I was running under the assumption that SAMCRO was just getting dumber, but they were just playing dumb to achieve their ultimate goal. And I didn’t think I would say this, but with the new information, I think season three might have just topped season two. I for one am shocked.
From a technical stand point this episode pulled out all stops. Gun play, knife play, the only thing we were missing were some fire balls. But I can live without them.
As for what this episode means for next season, I just hope everything comes to ahead on the mystery of John Teller’s death. Those who have read Hamlet already know the truth, but I’ll be interested to see how it all plays out. And if we’re lucky, all of season four will be set in prison.
What didn’t: Nothing at all. This episode is the reason why Sons of Anarchy is one of the of the best dramas currently on television.
Final thoughts: A great finale that completely changes the outlook of the entire season.
Episode: “NS” (Season 3, Episode 13)
Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm
What’s next: You’ll have to wait till next year to find out.
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