Warning: Spoilers abound for the last episode of Sons of Anarchy. Walk away now if you haven't seen it.
Sons of Anarchy has never been shy to brutally kill off its main characters (RIP Opie!), but the death of SAMCRO's patriarchal figurehead Clay Morrow () was a particularly shocking turn of events.
Series creator has spoken to EW! about why it was the right time for Clay to die:
Ultimately he made choices that hurt a lot of other people, that came back to hurt him. And for me, the betrayal of Gemma at the end of last season was the thing that broke him. Once she broke that connection, once she said okay, you’re too despicable for me and to the point where she betrayed him, then it really became the beginning of the end for him.
With Clay now out of the picture, Jax is free to run SAMCRO. But is there a danger that the idealistic family man will turn into his former mentor?
The sort of irony of the crown is that you can’t necessarily sit at the head of that table and not become Clay. In Jax’s mind, he is the anti‑Clay. Like he’s doing everything for completely different reasons. But the truth is, the behavior is still the same.
One thing's for sure, the rest of the season is going to be intense.
Were you shocked by Clay's death? What does the future hold for Jax and SAMCRO?