November 30, 2011 at 4:56 am #231807
Yet another phenomenal episode, I thought. A little too wordy and literal for me, but to be fair, this episode is the build-up for what is sure to be a huge finale next week. Sagal once again turns in an Emmy-worthy performance, and Maggie Siff is showing a frightening side of Tara that I feel could either prevail as the next strong force or else totally go off the deep end at any moment. (Or maybe both). Besides the obvious build-up to Jax’s destiny, what is Romeo up to? I wish that Otto had somehow pulled a switcheroo and not really turned, but even if he had something up his sleeve, Romeo’s inside people would not know that, and Bobby would be out of jail and Lenny (is that his name?) wouldn’t have visitation rights. So he’s lying, to set up the Sons? And Tig, oh boy.November 30, 2011 at 7:03 am #231808
romeo has to be a rat or an informant, one of the two. i agree and found it completely strange that he would tell jax that his guys who he pays a lot of money for info that otto didnt rat and their meeting is safe. and thinking about it romeo is the one who was hired to kill tara, and i always found it strange they didnt just shoot tara, instead trying to kidnap her. clay didnt pay for that. if he was undercover he would be trying to protect her. something fishy is going on.November 30, 2011 at 8:24 am #231809
Yeah, I definitely think there is more to Romeo than meets the eye, which is great because I’m a big fan of Danny Trejo For that matter, I think there is something more to Ray McKinnon’s character than meets the eye, too. I guess we’ll see!December 7, 2011 at 5:31 am #231811
that ending was such a cop out. i liked the episode alot, with jax at the head of the table, shuffling guys positions in the club around and what not, but its hard to get past the fact that they didnt kill clay. they built that up the entire season, and then right at the end they didnt have the balls to do it. its like last season of dexter with the bitch move they pulled. and i thought this season was fantastic. but that squeaky clean ending really pisses me off, and kinda changes my opinion on the season as a whole. what a letdown.December 7, 2011 at 5:56 am #231812
I give the finale a 6/10. As I felt that making Clay live was an interesting choice and they came up with a way for it to work without it being too annoying though I’ll be interested to see how he survives past the next season (since its become very apparent Sutter hates to kill major characters). I was much more annoyed at the lack of resolution or purpose for every other storyline. Romeo and Luis being CIA would have been an intriguing twist if revealed earlier on but here it felt like a cheap Deus Ex Machina and ended up making the entire Potter investigation feel pointless. It undermined Juice’s arc and barely even touching on Jax/Otto irked me a bit as I felt touching on that story would have given the finale punch it was desperately lacking. I did however like it ending on Jax taking his seat at the head of the table though the montage (I swear, montages are like crack for Sutter) and the picture morphing was a bit heavyhanded.December 7, 2011 at 7:22 am #231813
i dont have anymore expectations for this show. clearly the writers dont have the balls to actually follow through on a story that would be awesome, changing to dynamic of something that already works for them, the network, and number of viewers. shawn ryan never wouldve pulled off an ending this lame.December 7, 2011 at 9:11 am #231814
My first inclination was to be very disappointed because it didn’t play out anything like I expected it to. However, I am coming around to the thought that this was an intriguing turn of events simply because it wasn’t what was being set up and what we all expected. Clay is alive but as Jax told him, “You’re already dead.” Is he? Is he now completely stripped of power, and only being used as a pawn to keep the club alive by helping the deal go through? Can he even live with himself not being the man in charge? Or will he find an ally (Tig? Even Gemma?) to try to win it back? And with his bad hand, could he even attempt it at this point? In a way, killing off Clay might’ve been a little TOO tidy. Where would the club have gone from there? And how would they have gotten Jax to stay?
I also knew something was up with Romeo so it wasn’t really even a surprise, and I can live with it. Someone said weeks ago that Romeo probably wouldn’t have killed Tara, just kidnapped her, and that turned out to be true, and the reasons felt plausible. I don’t think the issue with Juice is completely over. We don’t know what is going to happen to Bobby- Romeo said he would do what he could but he didn’t sound at all convincing to me. We don’t know what will happen to Opie, and we don’t know what will be the ramifications of Tig killing Leroy’s woman, who is now known to be the sister(?) of someone very important. And I’m not sure we’ve seen the last of Potter.
As an episode, true, it didn’t feel like it had the impact of a great season finale, but I think it set up a lot of potential for next season.December 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm #231815
I just caught up with the season finale. It’s an object lesson in how to deflate a season’s worth of tension and character development in five minutes flat. That’s about how long it took this episode to lose me. After thirteen episodes of escalating suspense (I’ve been watching since season two, and this was the best the show has been since then), the revelation that the cartel was actually working for the CIA effectively took all the air out of the season, and after that there was nothing to do but wait to see how Kurt Sutter would wiggle his way out of all of the great dramatic consequences he’d been setting up all season.
I can’t kill Clay! He’s conveniently the only person the IRA will deal with, and we conveniently need the IRA-cartel deal to go through, because the CIA is conveniently working to support the cartel, and they will very inconveniently destroy SAMCRO if I don’t go along. This entire episode was written for the sole purpose of not killing Clay. It’s not only anti-climactic, it goes out of its way to prevent a climax. Kurt Sutter should study “Breaking Bad” to learn how to pay off a storyline.
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