Oh, the drama that we were left with at the end of Season 5! Pope is dead, Clay and Tara are in jail, Bobby has stepped down, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Can Jax get SAMCRO under control, or will anarchy reign in Season 6?
As with every good story, let’s start at the beginning.
In the Season Finale of Season 5, aptly titled J’ai Obtenu Cette (which translates to ‘I Got This’), you see both Clay and Tara get hauled off to prison, seemingly at the hands of the same person. Oh, Gemma, what a tangled web you weave.
Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), as you know, has been framed by the club for the murder of businessman, and part-time drug lord, Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau). Enter Lee Toric (Donal Logue), another prominent face in the matters of those stuck behind bars.
As you probably remember, Lee Toric is the brother of Pamela Toric, the nurse that was rather gruesomely murdered by Otto (show creator Kurt Sutter), while Tara was out of the room, in an effort to counteract the RICO charges that were in the process of being brought against the club. You may also remember that Mr. Toric is also a Federal Marshall, and he is none too happy that his sister has been brutally murdered.
In the newly released trailer for Season 6, the show’s mastermind, Kurt Sutter, gives us a quick glimpse of what is in store for Charming’s resident MC.
As the trailer reveals, now that Clay is on the inside, Toric has his hands in the mix stirring the pot. He says,
I have no interest in helping you. I want to use you.”
Only Kurt Sutter knows what that really means. Clay has SO much dirt on the past activities of SAMCRO that he could give to Toric, the biggest question is, what exactly he wants from Clay.
When asked by Pope’s successor if he thinks Clay will rat, Jax replies:
I think Clay would do anything to stay alive.”
Those of us who have been watching this show from the beginning know that this statement is all too true. Clay will backstab, double cross, and cheat just about anyone, including his own family, to meet his own needs.
This brings us to the Tara situation.
At the end of Season 5, Gemma (Katey Sagal) learns that Tara (Maggie Siff) has accepted a job offer in Oregon and plans to take her Grandsons with her. So, in typical Gemma fashion, she throws down the gauntlet for Tara.
She says that in no uncertain terms is Tara to leave Charming with her Grandsons. Because, if she did, Gemma would go directly to the police and tell them that Tara came to her for the cross that Otto used to kill Pamela Toric. She goes on to say that she will tell police that Tara confided in her exactly what Otto planned to do, making Tara an accessory.
After Tara grabs Gemma by the throat in an effort to make a point, she gets punched in the stomach so hard she is forced to let Gemma go. As Gemma was heading towards the door, Tara looks up and says
You do what you have to do, but I’m leaving Charming. And my sons are coming with me.”
Or so she thought.
At the end of the episode, you see Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) knocking on Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Tara’s door. Once inside, he tells Jax that he is not here about the business they carried on earlier, but that he is indeed there for Tara.
In the trailer, I think it is pretty plain to see that Tara is not adapting too well to prison life. Furthermore, what in the world did she do to her hair?
So, we move on to the next issue at hand.
In last season’s finale, you see Bobby (Mark Boone Junior), cut the Vice President patch off of his cut, and walk out of the SAMCRO clubhouse. Now, we know damn well that Bobby isn’t about to walk away from the club altogether; however, him and Jax seem to see things from a very different perspective, making it near impossible for the two of them to work together as a team.
From the looks of it, it seems as if the duties of the Vice President have fallen to Chibs (Tommy Flanagan). Will Chibs and Jax see things on more of an even keel? From what I know of their past, I think that Chibs knows in his heart what is right for the club, and he will stand by Jax’s decisions. However, when it comes to Sons of Anarchy, absolutely nothing is certain until Kurt Sutter says so.
It would also appear that Juice (Theo Rossi) is not quite out of the woods with the club just yet. When I think about Juice, all I can do it sit back and shake my head. He has had SO many opportunities to come clean with the MC and let everything out of the bag, but he just keeps digging himself deeper and deeper.
Whether it is his part in the RICO case against the club, the accidental murder of Miles (Frank Potter), or his many entanglements with Clay, he just cannot seem to fully come clean.
In the trailer, you can see Juice getting quite the beatdown from Chibs. One can only assume that we will find out during the course of the season the events that lead them to this showdown.
On top of all of this, there is still the matter of Pope’s boys. As you know, Pope’s successor August Marks (Billy Brown) has put a price on Clay’s head. Not to mention the fact that there is still future dealings to be had between Marks and SAMCRO. What will happen if Marks finds out that it was really Tig (Kim Coates) that pulled the trigger on Pope, worst of all that Jax knew the entire time?
It would seem that Gemma has taken her place beside her son and with Tara out of the picture for the time being, she has more pull than ever over Jax and his decisions. What will Jax do if he finds out that his wife is in prison all because of his mother? Will he see that she was just doing what she thought was right by her son, or will he cut her out the way that all other traitors to the club get “removed”?
This is bound to be a volatile season on Sons of Anarchy. Is this the season that Clay Morrow finally meets his end? You won’t know unless you watch.
Season six of Sons of Anarchy starts on Tuesday, September 10 at 10:00 p.m. EST on FX.