‘Sons of Anarchy’: Lambs to the Slaughter

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Sons of Anarchy continued its lambs to the slaughter theme with a very appropriately titled episode, “Poor Little Lambs.” This was the fourth episode of the seventh and final season of the critically acclaimed FX drama series. The fourth episode of this season’s Sons of Anarchy saw that gang violence is inevitable for SAMCRO and the Lin Triad. As Jax (Charlie Hunnam) continued to seek vengeance and Gemma’s cover story that the Chinese killed Tara (Maggie Siff) began to fall apart, this lie started the war between the two. Now, that the Triad knows, they came together to retaliate by taking everyone out at Nero’s establishment, Diosa Norte.

Early on in the episode, Gemma (Katey Sagal) is seen doing car pool duty and dropping off eldest grandson Abel at his school. This episode of Sons of Anarchy also featured the first appearance of announced guest star, Courtney Love of “Hole” and The People vs. Larry Flint fame, as one of Abel’s teachers. Additionally, Jax was once again seen collaborating with another featured guest star for the final season, Marilyn Manson, in an exchange which involved creative code. Jax is determined to bring the Lin Triad down and wants everyone in its path to pay for his beloved Tara’s death, regardless of the consequences.

As Sons of Anarchy continued its lambs to the slaughter theme, Juice (Theo Rossi) is still hiding from SAMCRO and the police while Gemma, Wendy (Drea de Matteo), and Unser (Dayton Callie) are continuing to lend him an assist, along with Nero (Jimmy Smits), who has continued his association with the Mayans in the aftermath of Season 6 finale events. Loyal yet misguided Juice tells Gemma that he does not want to die and would like to set things right with the MC (motorcycle club). Alas, after his involvement in helping Mama Bear Morrow (Gemma) cover up her murder of daughter-in-law, Tara, by murdering Sheriff Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) himself in the Season 6 finale, it seems unlikely anything could ever rectify the situation. This is especially true given how the new sheriff in town, Althea Jarry (Annabeth Gish), has issued an APB for the elusive Juan Carlos Ortiz (Juice) that has now gone nationwide. In response, Gemma has decided to drive him out-of-town to her father’s cabin, but first, she goes home to pack. In her bag, she packs a gun with a silencer. Is the gun for protection or could Mama Bear Morrow be planning to resolve the Juice situation once and for all? Moreover, what about the fact that both Gemma and Juice are now having audible dialogue without partners? It has been established that Gemma is communicating with Tara’s spirit as a form of atonement or coping mechanism since the Season 7 premiere, but what about Juice? Is it a coping mechanism or could they both be going insane? Creator Kurt Sutter has always claimed that he based Sons of Anarchy on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. That declaration in itself could prove to be very telling for the fate of the series and its principal characters.

Other significant events which occurred during the episode included SAMCRO gathered at Scoops, their ice cream shop and cover for their new clubhouse, along with Sheriff Jarry, who wanted information on the police shooting that occurred earlier in the episode. One of her troopers was dead and another was clinging to life. The tough and direct lady sheriff wanted answers and the party responsible for harming her people. The Lin Triad appeared in a black van and bombarded Scoops with grenades. Thankfully, no one was hurt by the attack, but Jax is informed that this incident was not a warning, but a retaliation. Next, Nero receives a phone call from one of Lin’s associates, who tell him their next attack is also directed at the MC and he should not consider it personal. Upon arriving at Diosa Norte, the Sons of Anarchy find out that everyone at the gentlemen’s club has been massacred.

As Sons of Anarchy continued its lambs to the slaughter theme with a very appropriately titled episode, time is running out for many characters on the series’ canvas, as evidenced by previews for the upcoming episode. Some details that will come to light in the very near future include Nero questioning Jax about his actions and expressing his doubts that the Chinese are involved in Tara’s murder. Once Jax informs Nero that Gemma saw the man leave the house, will Nero put the puzzle pieces together and conclude Gemma is the one to blame for Tara’s death? How long can Juice continue to elude police and the MC? What repercussions are in store for those who have aided Juice? Only time will tell. One thing is assured as the seventh and final season of the critically acclaimed FX drama series continues its swan song, there will be vengeance and hell to be paid as Sons of Anarchy settle scores, punish the guilty, and seek the truth in its final episodes airing Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on FX.

Opinion By Leigh Haugh

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