Well, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) has certainly put the club in a terrible position. The latest episode of “Sons of Anarchy,” “The Mad King,” likely left you with your jaw on the floor. Pick it up and let’s see if we can get through this together.
Naturally, the club went looking for revenge after the death of two members in “Wolfsangel,” at the hands of the Irish. However, Jax always thinks he’s smarter than everyone, so he has a plan B. He presented an idea to the kings that would see Damon Pope’s heir apparent take over the gun trade. Had he run that idea by Chibs (Tommy Flanagan), Jax would have known that offering the Irish a black business partner was the worst possible idea, and one they wouldn’t take kindly to. It seems the shot callers in Ireland hold on tightly to their racist ideals. It probably didn’t help that Jax also took a few Irish hostage.
Now it hasn’t just cost them members, but also any possible safety the club could ever have. Due to a bomb inside a beer keg, the clubhouse, SAMCRO’s home, is gone and Charming will never be the same. What’s more, the bomb went off during a lockdown, meaning all friends and family of the club were at risk.
Of course, they were able to clear the clubhouse seconds before the explosion, but with Jax’s own children in the building, this is the exact ammunition Tara (Maggie Siff) needs to wrench the boys away from SAMCRO once and for all.
There’s also no way of containing what happens next. Not only was the explosion large enough to alert all of Charming, but the sheriff’s department just happened to be in the parking lot at the time, taking Nero (Jimmy Smits) into custody, which we’ll get to.
The only good news this week is no other club members died. Clay (Ron Perlman) also got a new place to stay, though the accommodations leave a little to be desired. The Irish reached out to him with an offer to run the gun trade himself, but out of a loyalty to the club he called Gemma (Katey Sagal) in for a visit to fill her in. Thus far, the plan is for the Irish to spring him from jail and move him to Ireland to run the trade.
He says to pass the information on to Jax and he’ll do whatever the club wants. Unfortunately, before she could leave the guards forced them to partake in the conjugal part of their visit, further proving there are nearly no decent human beings in the world of this show.
Outside of all the gun shenanigans, Jax is continuing to try and grow the escort business with Nero and their new partner Colette (Kim Dickens). He’s still naive enough to believe that the club will be able to make a clean break from the Irish at some point and earn legitimate money.
With Toric (Donal Logue) dead and buried it looks like CCH Pounder’s role as District Attorney Tyne Patterson is getting beefed up, making her the main law enforcement opposition for the club. She’s very different than Toric, and maybe more dangerous.
She pushes Sheriff Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) to bring in Nero for the murder of one of his escorts, who was actually killed by Toric. She wants to do what’s needed to put pressure on the club, because she needs to find a “bad guy” to pin the school shooting on, and thinks Nero is her way in.
As far as Jax’s domestic squabbles, Tara and Unser’s (Dayton Callie) alliance took another step forward as Wayne offered to help her get the kids away from the club. While he may be loyal to Gemma, the former police chief has really grown close to Jax and Tara’s children and has to know this is the best possibly option for their survival.
This was the second week in a row with no Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) and his absence is a gaping hole in the story. The club needs Bobby because he’s the only one who can usually get through to Jax. Without him around, the president is spinning further and further out of control. After losing members and the clubhouse, who knows what else they will have to sacrifice before the season is done.
The final shot of Jax cradling Abel in his arms as the clubhouse burns says all you need to know about “Sons of Anarchy” as it closes in on the halfway point of Season 6. The president is in over his head and no one is safe.
What did you think of “The Mad King”?