Jax tries to shift the club's business away from guns and drugs
by making a deal with Oakland's most powerful crime lord.
Sons of Anarchy (Season 5)
Created by Kurt Sutter
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal,
Mark Boone Junior, Dayton Callie, Kim Coates,
Tommy Flanagan, Ryan Hurst, Theo Rossi, Maggie Siff,
Jimmy Smits, Rockmond Dunbar, Harold Perrineau,
Danny Trejo, Benito Martinez, Drea de Matteo,
David LaBrava, Kurt Sutter, Jeff Kober, Emilio Riviera,
Kenneth Choi, Billy Brown, Chuck Zito, Christopher Douglas Reed, Michael Ornstein, Winter Ave Zoli, Timothy V. Murphy
The fifth season of Sons of Anarchy was pretty much exactly what I expected, with a few surprises mixed in. This season showed how Jax was just one step away from becoming Clay, and how the power of the president's seat has consumed him to the point that Jax is unrecognizable. The naive biker who wanted to go legit has been replaced with a vicious criminal who will stop at nothing to protect his club and his family. Props to Charlie Hunnam for stepping up his performance and playing two sides of a very precarious coin.
This was also the first season so far that has made me cry. The brutal murder of Opie (Ryan Hurst) in the third episode came out of left field and his wake was so touching it brought tears to my eyes. His murderer, the crime lord Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau) was one of the show's best villains and arguably the most powerful enemy SAMCRO's gone up against. That, combined with a lack of support from the Galindo Cartel and tensions with the IRA, made this season a particularly trying one for the club. This season also introduced Nero Padilla (Jimmy Smits), a pimp with a heart of gold who is insanely likable. I certainly hope he sticks around for a while.
For the first time in a long time, the relationship between Jax (Hunnam) and Tara (Maggie Siff) is rocky, mostly due to Jax's newfound rage. Gemma's (Katey Sagal) constant interference is not helping, and I hope that their marriage doesn't fall apart in the next season, which once again promises to be spectacular. Will Clay (Ron Perlman) go down for a murder he did not commit? Will Jax and Tara stay together? Will SAMCRO stay strong through these trying times? I guess I'll have to watch season six to find out.