Just gonna say this now, there are gonna be some SPOILERS in here.
Kurt Sutter knows how to write some damn fine television. For the past five seasons, I have been fully engrossed in his show, Sons of Anarchy. And if you’ve been following the site since the beginning, you already know that I’m a die-hard fan from my recaps/reviews of last season’s episodes. Unfortunately I am without the service of cable television for the moment, so I’m unable to do that again this year. I do catch up on the episodes days after they air, so I may write about the show from time to time this season.
But I digress.
What I’m trying to get at is that the show is amazing and definitely worth watching and if you haven’t taken the time to see it, you should. It will suck you in.
Anyway, getting back to why this article is titled the way it is. Kurt Sutter is one helluva writer and, with the his gift, has the ability to not only make you cry but draw out all sorts of emotions that you never thought you might feel about a television show. Besides having a stellar cast, this is probably the reason why the show has run for five seasons and will run for three more. Like I said before, you get sucked in. It’s almost like you become part of “the life,” — the motorcycle gang life. You care about the characters: you hate some; you love others. When people die, you weep. I know I do. And he makes it worse every year. He kills off Opie’s (Ryan Hurst) wife in the first season, kills off Half-Sack (Johnny Lewis) and has Jax’s son kidnapped in the second. Not to mention, having Gemma (Katey Sagal) raped by white supremacists. In the third season, he has Gemma wanted for murder and on the run. Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and most of the club are in Ireland trying to hunt down his son and kill the Irish mobster who had him kidnapped. Then most of them end up in prison. In season four, they get out but have a butt-load of trouble with federal authorities and a few newer members get killed. Clay (Ron Perlman) becomes a completely despicable monster, beats up Gemma, and kills Piney (William Lucking), Opie’s dad and a founding member of the club.
However, there are some redeeming moments for all of the sadness. One of the main white supremacists gets killed and the rest either die, get the crap kicked out of them, or run out of town. They get Jax’s son back and the Irish mobster gets a Glasgow Smile. Also, a bitchy, trouble-making, double-crossing ATF agent gets popped. Jax and Tara (Maggie Siff) have another son and get married. And Clay gets shot and ends up practically worthless.
(If you’re confused by any of this, then you really just need to catch up on the show. Or read the Wikipedia page.)
A lot of those major moments have been heart-wrenching and some have been quite joyous, but there is one recent event that I can never forgive Kurt Sutter for: he killed Opie. One of the best characters on the show, if not THE best, and certainly my favorite. I understand that his death is a plot device and will be used to pretty much drive the season, but I still consider it unforgivable.
He was beaten to death by a rival gang in prison but he “went out like a warrior,” fighting until the very end, defending his brothers. I teared up a bit when this happened. But at the end of the following week’s episode, when the club had his memorial service, that’s when the tears came flowing. I wept like a little girl and cursed Sutter’s name the whole time. The show just won’t be the same without him, but I’ll still watch because I know that, from his death, the rest of this season is going to be really good. Jax is pissed, a lot of people are going to die, and things are going to get crazy.
What did you think about Opie’s death? Or any of the deaths so far in the series?