Thursday, September 27, 2012

So Opie Got His Skull Bashed In | The Latest on The Sons of Anarchy

The Sons of Anarchy has been plugging along for the first two episodes of Season Five but the death of one of the show’s most liked characters was quite unexpected in the third episode, appropriately titled “Laying Pipe”. Sadly for fans of the show, this episode’s content was not as whimsical as the title might have led you to believe. As many long-time viewers of the FX series Sons of Anarchy would attest to, Opie as a character has always been a favorite. From his initial struggles in the first season about whether or not to return to his former criminal life, to the brutal death of his wife, Opie has always been this show’s emotional redshirt. The poor bastard had yet to get over his father’s murder before he met his untimely demise at the business end of a steel pipe.  Some people may have half expected a feet of strength.  Wherein Opie defied the odds and beat all of his death match opponents, ending his final foe with a swift neck snap and the fight being broken up with some CIA assistance.  

An interesting connection between the death of Opie and his first wife Donna is how Trager (Tig) played such a pivotal role in both their deaths. Think about it, if it weren’t for Tig killing the head honcho’s daughter of the One-Niner’s there would be no need for a blood tribute of one of the MC’s members. There is a more obvious connection between Donna’s death and Tig, but those pesky MAC-10’s can get away from the best of us.  Tig’s character has in a very real way orphaned an entire family within the SOA, so any hope that his character is going to be living past this season of The Sons of Anarchy is not very likely.  The death of Opie will no doubt be the emotional motivation for Jax throughout the rest of Season Five, and that can only mean that the rest of this season will have a lot of blood and very little mercy, which sounds pretty good to me. 

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