SPOILER ALERT: This recap for the "Aon Rud Persanta" episode of "Sons of Anarchy" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Here's the one indisputable fact we have learned throughout nearly six seasons of "Sons of Anarchy": Being Gemma Teller's husband is not a position that comes with a lot of job security.
John Teller, her first old man, father of son Jax, and one of the founding members of SAMCRO? Dead, and with Gemma's fingerprints all over, if not the murder weapon, definitely the murder plot.
And in Tuesday night's "Aon Rud Persanta" (which translates to "nothing personal" in Gaelic), Gemma hubs No. 2, Clay Morrow, was freed from prison, but only so Jax could coldly shoot him as part of another Teller-tendered murder plot — this one designed by Clay's stepson to extricate SAMCRO from the gun business.
And Clay's bloody corpse was just one in a heap of dead bodies piled up on the floor in Jax's plot, as brutal True IRA gunrunner Galen O'Shay was another doomed piece of Jax's intricate plan to take the club legit, avoid jail sentences for SAMCRO members and his wife Tara, and steer the IRA towards a new gunrunning partnership with August Marks.
Of course, in addition to the loss of series star Ron Perlman as Clay and guest star Timothy V. Murphy as Galen, Jax's plan (as most of them do) included a lot of blowback:
She'd offered itching-to-prosecute-SAMCRO district attorney Tyne Patterson evidence against Jax and his crew if Patterson would grant her immunity and put her and her sons into Witness Protection. Patterson rejected that offer after making a deal with Jax, who promised to deliver Galen and the guns to Patterson. He did… guns, and a very dead Galen, which displeased Patterson.
But in the scheme to break Clay out of the jail transport truck, Bobby was shot, and Dr. Tara was once again called into action to perform surgery. At episode's end, she holds in her hand a bloody, DNA-covered bullet that will connect Bobby and SAMCRO to Clay's escape and the death of a sheriff in the process. Will she use it to secure her escape from Charming, or has she been sufficiently charmed by Jax's admission that he understands why she lied to him, and that he's sorry being with him led her to such a desperate betrayal?
Jax convinced Galen's kinder, gentler (relatively speaking) IRA cohort that he needed to go along with Jax's plan: to make the True IRA leaders in Belfast believe Galen and Clay had a falling out that led Clay to kill Galen, and Jax to kill Clay to stop his rampage. Connor now has to sell that story back home, and despite Jax's contention that the situation is a win for Connor, allowing him to slip into Galen's spot, the whiskey Connor's pounding at the end of "Aon Rud Persanta" (and the gun he's shooting at the wall) suggest that revenge could be a dish served cold... or much, much warmer.
Nero just recently got Gemma's confession that she had a major role in John Teller's murder. Now he's seen her second husband — the one she already helped set up for a murder he didn't commit — killed by her son. Not only has he been repeatedly pulled into illegal shenanigans, including multiple murders and that season premiere school shooting, since becoming involved with the Teller family (which he acknowledged with a reference to the "'Godfather' paradox," i.e. "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in"), but he's also definitely taking note of the brutal endings that come to those who pledge their love to Gemma. Like when she suggests he could marry her. "No offense, mama… I've seen what happens to your husbands," he says. "It ain't pretty."
'Fess up. Didn't you feel a little bit sorry for Clay when Jax told him the club had voted on his death, and the decision to kill him was unanimous?
There are very few members left as it is, and though this latest play was a bid to make sure the club survives and can support itself via legal means, doesn't there come a point where all the members ask themselves why they're fighting so hard to protect a group that has to kill its own members to endure?
What did other viewers think of "Aon Rud Persanta," which leaves just two episodes remaining in Season 6? Was it the "mindf--k" series creator Kurt Sutter had tweeted about, the ep that would "alter the mythology of SOA forever" and signal "the beginning of the end"?
this week's SOA, Aon Rud Pearsanta, will alter the mythology of SOA forever. it signals the beginning of the end.please don't miss it.
— kurt sutter (@sutterink) November 18, 2013
@victoriaxmyers thinks so, tweeting: "Holy s--t, @sutterink is a mad man. #mindblown #wtf #SAMCRO #SOAFX @SonsofAnarchy @TimVMurphy."
Seriously one of the most shocking and emotional episodes since opie died! @TimVMurphy
— Meikka Buffo (@Meikk_Mill) November 20, 2013
And we second @Piggynista, who tweeted:
— Piggy Rodriguez (@Piggynista) November 20, 2013
Meanwhile, at EW.com, Ron Perlman said he'd known about the plan to kill Clay since the beginning of the season, and he called it a necessary ending for his character in the "Hamlet on motorcycles" world of "SoA."
"I'm playing Claudius, and Claudius doesn't make it to Act 5," Perlman said. "So I was ready for this. If it's an examination of power, you have to see the new king when he's not mirrored by the resonances of the old king. You have to see what he does when he stands alone in the world. And as long as Clay is around, he can't do that."
And one more "SoA" note: The show is off next Tuesday because of Thanksgiving (something we're definitely not thankful for), so the last two episodes of the season will air on Dec. 3 and 10.
"Sons of Anarchy" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.