Sons of Anarchy Coverage: Nothing a Shiv Can’t Fix

Episode Commentary: “Straw”


Even the Grim Reaper himself must have thought the last episode of “Sons of Anarchy” was a bit heavy on the death toll.

With four dead and the possibility of even more on the way, the show is in a serious transition. Just when you thought Lee Toric (Donal Loge) had the MC’s number, Otto (Kurt Sutter) goes and pulls a rabbit out of a hat, well, a shiv (thanks, Clay) out of his ass and kills him.

Make no mistake- this changes everything.

With Toric dead, there’s no one for the sheriff to pin the escort’s death on, meaning Nero (Jimmy Smits) is screwed. Without Toric’s evilness, it looks like the club will now begin a bloody war with the Irish. How Bobby and his new nomad charter play a role in this has yet to be seen, but it should be interesting to see how this all comes together.

Tig’s (Kim Coates) current role in the club is up in the air as well. He’s got to have a gut feeling he needs to earn his place in the club again. After several close calls with death, you have to wonder how much time his character really has. The same thing goes for Juice (Theo Rossi). After his deception last season in the reco case and his well-documented emotional frality, what else is he willing to do in order to get the trust of the group back?

Lets not forget about Tara and Wendy either. What plans do they have and how will it affect the club?

The unanswered questions continue to fuel the show, but between Tig’s reappearance and the absence of Bobby and Peter Weller’s character this week, you get the feeling that the show is running out of creativity. Answers need to come soon and present even larger and deadlier questions. Otherwise, the guys and gals in SAMCRO will be done for.

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