Warning: Storyline and character spoilers ahead for this week's episode of Sons of Anarchy.
Bobby's down some key body parts, Abel is having some feelings about what his grandma did to his mom, and Gemma's birds went the way of the horse in The Godfather. And the big mystery we thought would be resolved with an appearance by Indian Hills SAMCRO president Jury White? A meet-up with Jury only managed to increase the depth of caca Jax is in and make the mystery an even bigger one.
Jury didn't make it out alive; Jax shot him in the head after Jury admitted he wanted Jax dead for killing Jury's son Gib. But Jury also denied he's the one who ratted out the club to Lin. Jax said he didn't believe him, but we do... which puts the rat issue back at square one.
So with just five episodes left in Sons of Anarchy's epic final season, it's time to run down all the big SoA questions that still need answers:
1. Who's the rat?!
Yeah, it seemed pretty obvious that it was Jury, so we probably should have assumed it wasn't him. Maybe it is him — Jax thinks so — but we really believed the guy when he 'fessed up to wanting to murder Jax, but not to being a rat. So if Jury really didn't tip off Lin to the fact that Jax and SAMCRO stole his guns, killed his men, and basically want to see him burn in hell for all eternity, who did? Here's one suggestion, though it's painful to float: Tig.
Tig has had way too little storyline throughout this final run of the series. The reveal of his friendship with Venus is a highlight of the season, but one of the most warped, violent, and still beloved SoA characters has been backburnered in storylines involving the bigger-picture matters of the club. Could it be because Kurt Sutter is saving Tiggy for a big twist? As in, Tig's the one who ratted out the club to Lin because no one cared so much when his daughter was burned alive in front of him by Damon Pope, but when a member of Jax's family is murdered, it becomes the mission of the entire group — consequences and body parts be damned — to avenge it? Let's not forget that Tig and Jax have had one of the most complicated relationships within SAMCRO.
Tig accidentally killed Donna, the wife of Jax's best friend Opie, and Opie was the intended target. Tig was particularly close to Jax's stepdaddy-turned-enemy Clay. Jax blames Tig for the beef with Damon Pope, which led to Opie's prison death. And just last season, Jax set Tig up to be killed by August Marks, though Marks was only testing Jax's loyalty with the request. Perhaps Tig figured that last one out. And maybe Tig got fed up with what has become, especially this season, Jax's double standard.
2. How much longer will the club continue to follow Jax?
Happy's the kinda guy who'll follow Jax 'til the end (even if it means his ultimate end). Ditto, probably, Rat. Tig, we covered above. But Bobby Elvis and Chibs? If Bobby Elvis lives another week — and that is a big if — how is he going to feel about all the sacrifices he and his body have made, only to have Jax agree to a half-assed truce with August Marks? Jax agreed to tell Marks where the dead preacher's body is, but won't give up the location of the preacher's wife and stepson to Marks. Admirable... except that Jax's situational morality is protecting strangers while playing fast and loose with Bobby's remaining eye and digits.
As for Chibs, like the other club members, he clearly loves and respects Jax. But last week, when Jax shared the very personal and devastating news of Tara's death with the dead preacher's wife to manipulate her into going along with his plan, Chibs gave him a look. It was a look that said, "I can't believe you just shared the very personal and devastating news of your wife's death to manipulate this woman." Chibs also has serious doubts about Jax's self-defense claims regarding Jury. But like a good VP, Chibs will likely continue to have Jax's back — not because he fully trusts and supports Jax's vision, but because he knows the entire club is in such jeopardy that they need to remain unified just to survive.
But as Jax becomes more scattered and less rational about his choices — how many more times are we going to hear him say, "I should have seen this coming"? — it may become a self-defense move for everyone, personally and for the future of SAMCRO, to stop playing "follow the leader."
3. How will the Indian Hills chapter react to Jury's murder?
Yeah, yeah, Jax framed it as self-defense, but no one's going to buy it. (Even Chibs questioned Jackie Boy on that one.) Will the remaining Indian Hills members turn on their Charming brethren now? Will they call in other SAMCRO chapters for reinforcement? Will SAMCRO ultimately be done in by a civil war?
4. Did John Teller kill himself?
Weren't we settled on the matter of John Teller's death? Clay sabotaged John's motorcycle, causing the SAMCRO co-founder to die in a crash with a semi. But Jury, in his final showdown with the younger Teller, hinted otherwise. John was unhappy with the way SAMCRO had evolved, and had written a book detailing that, Jury said. And John was too savvy about his bike not to realize it had been tampered with.
So, Jury suggested, maybe John "checked out," sacrificing himself so that SAMCRO and his family — both of which would have been destroyed by what he wrote in that book — could survive. "You had the chance to be something good for this club," Jury told Jax. "Something your old man always wanted. You turned into everything he hated. You became the poison, the reason he checked out." Said Jax, "My old man didn't kill himself." Jury: "It doesn't matter. As long as he ain't here to see what SAMCRO did to you."
So did John Teller kill himself to escape SAMCRO, and to allow it to survive? Or was Jury only telling Jax that to hurt him? Either way, why bring this issue back into the storyline at this late date in the series? Is it going to factor into the drama if and when Jax finds out his mother is his wife's murderer? Is it going to add to Jax's growing confusion, and ultimately push him to a mental and emotional breaking point? Maybe neither Gemma nor Jax die before the series ends... maybe they have a Teller family suite in the psych ward.
5. Who is going to make it out of this thing alive?
The minute Nero revealed his happy plan to move himself, his son Lucius, Gemma, Abel, and Thomas to his uncle's farm, he has seemed like a dead man walking. Nero's love for Gemma and involvement with the Teller clan seem certain to be his undoing. At this point, Wendy and Unser (who continues to unravel the big ball of lies that formed when Gemma killed Tara and Juice helped her cover it up) are the SAMCRO associates most likely to be raising Abel, Thomas, and maybe even Lucius on Uncle Padilla's farm.
6. When – or will? – Jax find out the truth about Tara's murder?
Abel knows. Juice knows, but is unlikely to tell anyone Gemma killed Tara (and he killed Eli as part of the cover-up) while he still thinks there's a chance to mend fences with Jax and the other club members. So how, possibly, will anyone else find out the truth?
Will Gemma, whose grasp on sanity is getting looser and looser all the time, break down and tell Nero, or pal Unser, about what she did? Will Unser put the whole thing together and confront her about the murder? Will Gemma become so overwhelmed with guilt that she tells Jax herself what happened with that meat fork and Tara's head? Or is there a possibility that Jax will never find out who really killed his wife?
All plausible ideas, but having the pint-sized Abel learn such a horrible truth would be too cruel to play out and then not have it factor into the big reveal in a big way. Perhaps it's Jax's son who spills the beans, or uses his crayons to draw a very ugly picture of what Grandma's been up to.
Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.