Last night millions tuned in for the premier of what promises to be the most shocking season of Sons of Anarchy. For months now, show creator Kurt Sutter has teased fans with short trailers, small glimpses at stills and cryptic messages via social media, but last night the wait came to an end. Last night’s premier of the FX hit series was the most shocking season opener to date.
Last night’s episode was aptly titled Black Widower. The opening scene started soft with scenes featuring Gemma taking care of Able and Thomas set to a beautiful cover of the song Never My Love, but in true SOA fashion quickly made a 180 with a scene of Jax doing something in prison to help gain an ally. This particular scene is not for the faint of heart. This scene set up the appearance of season 7’s first new faces, a Neo-Nazi played by none other than shock rocker Marilyn Manson.
As many may have guessed from previews of this episode, Jax is released early, and from there the mayhem only gets worse (in a good way). Wendy checks herself out of rehab early, and when she returns to her apartment, she finds out that Gemma has moved someone in to hide out. Wendy and Gemma hatch a plan to continue to hide this individual by telling Jax that she will be staying with Gemma to help her look after the boys. With Jax back at the head of the table, he asks everyone one question, “are you ready to kill or die for the man sitting next to you?” With everyone vowing to be all in with him, Jax and the crew head out to assist another MC, The Grimm Bastards. While helping them get information about an incident, the men refused to give up any information, so in true SAMCRO fashion, the “drug” it out of him. The man just happened to be in a wheel chair and did not have legs, I will leave it at that for those who have yet to see it.
Gemma and Nero rekindle their romance, but the main question for the night was of course, if Jax was going to find Gemma out. The answer to that (spoiler alert) is no. Jax has a sit down with Lin and Alvarez to work out some business, but there is another reason for the sit down. Jax invites them all to a welcome home party that the MC is throwing for him, but for another bit of business than working things out with the Irish. Gemma does point her finger at someone she “saw” leaving Jax’s house the night that Tara was murdered. After the party, the accused is caught and Jax exacts his revenge in a hard to watch, bloody manner. If you are not good with torture scenes, I would suggest not watching this part. It makes what the club did to O’Neil in season 3 look like a Boy Scout camping trip. Jax is a man on a mission and hell bent on destroying anyone that gets in the way.
I must say that I was impressed with how much was handled in the 90 minute premier. Kurt Sutter and his writing team have really out done themselves with this episode. If the rest of the season is this bloody and fast paced, the final ride is going to be one for the history books. Black Widower may have been 90 minutes, but after such a long wait and how incredible the episode was, I was bummed when it ended. This was by far the best premier that Sons of Anarchy has had in it’s 7 season run.
Tune in next Tuesday at 10pm on FX for more mayhem and SAMCRO.