Sons of Anarchy is a story of loyalty, strategy and family; cross-country drug wars and racist prison gangs. But sometimes, dropped into all the death and chaos, a sneering, murderous deviant falls deeply in love with a molested transgender prostitute. And it is beautiful.
Carefully produced and honestly touching, Poor Little Lambs represents more than another tense chapter in Jax’s newfound death wish. Yes, it contains several atmosphere’s worth of tension and the standard amount of betrayal, maiming and witticisms (Tig gets aroused over a grave and Jax flirts with his mother – just another day in Charming), but the Final Ride’s fourth episode represents the first time in the new season that the story takes a leap into the unknown with a nod towards its darkly comic, brotherhood-centric past.
Previously, Sutter has successfully instilled fear, doubt and upset into his brave and loyal viewership. Each deadly step was another in which a character could meet their end or turn on their brothers. Episode 4 does not lose any of that terror, but mixes it with a reason and misshapen warmth that only SAMCRO can father. The trigger-happy bikers bond over digging up a murdered pastor, Gemma teases Jax about his “Mommy fetish” and Tig’s skewed romantic epic is nothing short of brilliant. This is Sons doing what it does best: incestuous, lecherous love.
Aside from the oddities of relationships, the episode ends with what could be described as the first bullet in a war. Metaphorically, of course, because literally, the number of bullets that has led to this point is frankly unimaginable. With every faction distrusting, plotting and quietly offing their allies, Charming is on the brink of all-out war. Sutter has cleverly written the show to a point where anything can happen: he’s all-powerful to those who tune in.
With Sons’ last season beginning to take shape (Hint: it’s the shape of a massive, blood-soaked, teary mess), it’s clear that this is every bit the series the fans want and claim it to be. Not produced by AMC or HBO, it is Sutter’s dark, comic and faultlessly intelligent imagination coupled with a cast who bring as much love and precision as they do scars and tattoos – meaning emotional attachments to even the most vicious and sickening criminals is inevitable. As a result, the coming episodes just might be some of the most eagerly anticipated of any TV show in recent memory.
Sons of Anarchy Season 7 is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription, and on Amazon Prime, as part of a £5.99 monthly subscription.
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