SAMCRO is prepping for a trip to Ireland when everything goes to s**t in the quiet town of Charming.

Tara will finally make a call on her relationship with Jax, or so she thinks and Gemma will get some heart stopping news down the Irish pipeline.

The Grim Bastards will make a discovery that could put the entire Mayan/Sons pact in jeopardy before the ink on the deal is even dry. And before the dust clears, someone is going to pay the ultimate price.

Gemma along with Tara will make a choice that could jeopardize the future of the entire MC. And one of them will be forced to take the brunt of the bullet laid before them.

What worked: Frankly, this entire episode worked. It had a nice blend of intense drama, great story arcs, and some good light-hearted moments, and I will address all of them.

Starting with the light-hearted elements, the entire closing sequence that played over Travelin’ Band by Creedence Clearwater Revival was pure genius in my mind. A perfect way to come down from such an intense episode. Frankly, this is something I’ve been complimenting on this entire season, the way the writers have been able to balance drama with comedy has worked really well.

On to the drama portion, as we all know Sons of Anarchy loosely follows the story of Hamlet. So assuming there are one or two of you out there that haven’t read it, I will just say that now I’m really scared for a certain character considering the plans for revenge by the “B.S. MC.”

Speaking of character worry, I’m really scared that Unser is going to get a bullet to the head before the series is out. It worries me because I want this man to retire to some tropical beach in Jamaica, not still be serving at the feet of SAMCRO at the ago of 102. Traitor my ass.

As for Jax and Tara, I like what’s going on. I wish Gemma hadn’t wrapped Jax’s motivation in a nice neat bow, but whatever. Jara is one of the most complicated TV couples not only in the history of FX shows, but in the history of basic cable. Just when you think they’re all good, BAM! It all goes to hell thanks to a porn star.

And for those of you wondering why none of this is in “what didn’t” because I’m upset with the choices, it’s because I’m upset for all the right reasons. This is some of the best story telling the show has ever produced and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

What didn’t: Nothing. As I said above I was a fan of this entire episode.

Final thoughts: A perfect balance of emotions.

Episode: “Widening Gyre” (Season 3, Episode 7)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: SAMCRO finally gets their ass to Ireland.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.

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