Sons of Anarchy Recap: Find Out Which Series Regular Met a Heartbreaking, Grisly Death

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Warning: The following story contains MAJOR spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Sons of Anarchy. We repeat, do NOT read on if you’ve yet to watch the FX drama’s latest installment.

If ever the term “game changer” were applicable to a TV twist, this would be it.

FX’s hit drama Sons of Anarchy pulled off a trifecta of devastation this Tuesday night when with one lethal, final blow it orphaned two children, widowed a porn star and shattered the already-cracked heart of a biker club king by killing off fan favorite Opie Winston.

Constantly tormented by his involvement in a club he no longer believed in, the conflicted Son — portrayed impeccably until the brutal end by actor Ryan Hurst — finally found peace when, in order to save his “brother” Jax (and perhaps even SAMCRO at large), he sacrificed his life.

Here’s how the tragic twist unfolded:

Damon Pope paid a visit to a behind-bars Jax and informed the Charming king that in order to get his crew off of SAMCRO’s back, half of what the Sons get via muling coke — which is roughly $100K a month — would now go to the Big Bad. His demands far exceeded financial gain, though, as he proceeded to demand of Jax “a dead Son” among one of the four — Opie, Tig, Chibs and Jax himself — currently serving time. Tig, however, was off limits and needed to stay in jail for the rest of his life so Pope could keep tabs on (and assault, in perpetuity) the man who killed his daughter. As Harold Perrineau’s alter ego put it, this is all merely “the cost of doing battle.”

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While in solitary together, Jax filled Opie in on Pope’s impossible demands — and he finally saw fit to tell his best friend everything he’d been concealing. Out came countless secrets about John Teller’s letters, Romeo’s ties to the FBI and RICO, Clay’s involvement in their respective fathers’ deaths and why things panned out the way they did in the Season 4 ender.

“I had to make a choice, brother: kill Clay or save the club,” Jax confessed, to which a dismayed Opie — who angrily attacked his friend in the moment — solemnly responded: “You made the wrong choice.”

Shortly thereafter, a corrupt Sergeant in Pope’s pocket rounded up the four Sons and asked Jax — who had also filled in Chibs and Tig on the ultimatum — which of the men would be leaving the jail in a body bag. Ever the valiant leader, Jax stepped forward, about to punch the cop, and said “My call.” But his efforts were thwarted when Opie intervened, headbutting the lawman and ultimately being carried away to endure his death sentence.

With an inconsolable Jax, Chibs and Tig looking on from an adjoining room, Opie fought as hard as he could, taking out a handful of the inmates sent to kill him before smiling at his “brother” and taking a fatal (and extremely graphic) whack to the skull.

Pope returned to jail to face Jax, who informed the crime boss that while he would get his money, Tig staying behind bars was a no-go. As Jax put it, Tig would now know that Jax saved his life, which gives him “the internal advantage” he needs. “And when I’m done,” he added, “you can send [Tig] out the same way you did his kid. ‘Cause I really don’t give a s–t” — a deal that Pope respects, but not without an ominous note: “Be smart, Mr. Teller,” he advised. “It’s who you are.”

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Emotionless, Jax told Tig that he had gotten him out of a life sentence. The catch: “You back my every play and you never vote against me again” — terms to which the distraught Tig agrees.

Elsewhere in the episode…

• The Gemma/Tara animosity continued, as the dethroned Queen found herself unable to visit her grandkids in daycare. Scorned, Gemma visited Abel’s birth mother Wendy (Drea de Matteo) and fed her a story about Tara “self-medicating” and how now is the time to make a move on gaining custody. Jax’s ex wasted little time pouncing at the opportunity to confront Tara, but unfortunately she was once against bested by an on-her-game doc. “I’m a surgeon and you’re some ex-junkie biker whore,” snarled Tara. “You want to come after me and my family? Bring it on, darlin’. I’m not afraid of your bulls–t custody threat.” The new Mrs. Teller proceeded to confront Gemma about the setup — a moment that gave fans the best exchange of the night:

Tara: “Don’t ever try to hurt me or my family again.”
Gemma: “Or what, doctor? You gonna kill me?”
Tara: “No… But my husband might.

Boom, roasted! Point: Dr. Knowles.

• The Clay and Juice bromance officially began when the dethroned king essentially begged Juice to bring him to where Gemma has been hiding out. The hesitant Juice obliged, and soon Jimmy Smits’ Nero and Clay were face-to-face. The exchange, while awkward, was peaceful enough, with the Old Man eventually taking up with call girl Emma, played by former Disney darling Ashley Tisdale. (Juice got a little sumpin’, too, courtesy of the resident madam.) Gemma hightailed it to Nero’s when she learned her ex was there, and, upon her arrival, beat the crap out of the blonde chippy. And, after all of that, the police mysteriously showed up to raid Nero’s place of business, cuffing both the owner and Gemma in the process.

How do you feel about the gut-wrenching death of Opie? Will Sons ever be the same? Hit the comments.



Comments (185)

  • I’m sitting here still staring at the tv in utter disbelief and shock…

    Comment by adam s – September 25, 2012 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As soon as Jax told Opie everything, I knew it was going to be Opie and that he would volunteer. But still wicked sad, I love Opie.

      Comment by Rebecca – September 25, 2012 09:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yep, I knew as soon as everything was revealed that Opie would sacrifice himself, but I still had hope that somehow he would make it out alive because of my feelings for the character. It made complete sense considering everything his character has been through. I totally get it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

        Comment by April – September 26, 2012 06:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m so so so sad, I mean really. I almost cried. Opie was my reason for watching.

      Comment by heather – September 25, 2012 09:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I loved Opie, he was one of my faves. And as much as I HATE seeing him go, I get it. He had nothing to live for, this club (and Clay) took everything from him. He couldn’t connect to his kids because the time he spent with them was so limited to prison that when he did get out and Donna died, it was just impossible. Ryan Hurst is an incredible actor, I can’t wait to see what he does next.

        Comment by Elly – September 25, 2012 11:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Exactly. His words last week,”I don’t know if I love anything anymore.” really hit home this week. While I’m sad to see him go, he really did make the most sense.

          Comment by Day – September 26, 2012 12:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I DID something dumb…. I looked up what was going to happen tonight…. Although, I did know some ones time was up, I got chills and nervous for my episode to watch in 3 min.

      Comment by Viki – September 25, 2012 09:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I suspected that something was going to happen to Opie after his last scene with Lyla. There was such an air of desperation and finality to it all. When I saw headlines this week like “Which SoA will die?”, I immediately thought that it would be Opie but I still hoped, up until the last second, that they were going for misdirection. I was waiting for Jimmy Smits to bash in Clay’s skull instead. Oh well. Ryan Hurst did an amazing job and the hole he left will not be filled.

      It’ll be interesting to see how this affects Jax…I hope that it will ultimately serve as further motivation to get the hell out of Charming.

      I have some major gay love for Tara…she did everything but hit Gemma over the head with a crowbar. Amazing interactions between the two women…nothing pleases me more than seeing Gemma get put in her place. Crazy bitch that she is.

      Comment by Michael – September 26, 2012 07:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know me and my boyfriend too its a sad day sad i still can’t believe it.

      Comment by cherie – September 26, 2012 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I knew it was gonna be Opie to save Jax but it really sucks. He played a big part and will be missed.

      Comment by shannon – September 26, 2012 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ope was in pain and the chance to be with Donna and Piney was what he wanted at the end. The fact that I am commenting on these people and feel like I have lost a member of my family shows me how excellent this show really is!

      Comment by suzy wojo – September 26, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Would someone please kill Juice? He needs to go…seriously though…he does nothing but rat on the club and hide information from his superiors.

      Comment by tardy – September 26, 2012 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Opie is and will always be my favourite “Son”, i dont even want to watch SOA anymore now that he is gone. Opie should have in my opinion, become President one day so that he could save what was left of SAMCRO

      Comment by Cindrena – October 1, 2012 02:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Never has an episode of Sons made me sob so hard. I’m also VERY proud of Ashley’s debut on the show. I can’t wait to see more of it next week, but it will still sting without Opie there.

    Comment by Amanda – September 25, 2012 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. They could have gotten rid of anyone but him. See that was a true brother; a real man. I was so in love with his character. I want to know why he agreed to leave the show. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. The only reason I did not cry is because I am at work, working on a brief, took a quick break to watch my favorite show and they kill off my second favorite person next to Jax. NOOOOOOOOOOO.

      Comment by Alexis – September 25, 2012 08:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow, Ashley Tisdale is going to have to get another nose job after Gemma got through with her.

      Comment by TheBeach – September 26, 2012 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show reached its peak in season 2. That’s all I have to say…

    Comment by Kelli – September 25, 2012 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • false

      Comment by adam s – September 25, 2012 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • lol you clearly haven’t been watching this season.

      Comment by S – September 25, 2012 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So wrong!!!!

      Comment by Shazha – September 25, 2012 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So why are you still watching?

      Comment by Alexis – September 25, 2012 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Really ? It reached its peak in season 2 ? Yet you are still watching into season 5. This season is as strong as ever. Fantastic emotional episode. Opie was amazing. Kurt SUtter has us on the edge of our seat every week. Yet people consider downtown Abby , mad men great drama. Lol yeaaaa okkkkk

      Comment by Jason geller – September 25, 2012 09:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If you are saying that S.O.A. was done after season 2, please tell me what is possibly better…. There are VERY FEW shows that after their first episode, 2 minutes in that you know for sure are going be classics. Fingers crossed that no one has even tried to do a show similar to the talented Mr. Sutter and the S.O.A. FAMILY

      Comment by Viki – September 25, 2012 09:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • it did peak in season 2 then fell off in 3 but 4 bought it right back and is being followed by yet another great season. no way opp should have died tho. that was jax stick man wth?

      Comment by scott – September 26, 2012 03:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Every board has a troll.

      Comment by wrstlgirl – September 26, 2012 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Absolutely 100% correct.

      Comment by Rain – September 26, 2012 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • rip opie
      what can i say, the min opie knocked out sheriff black i knew he was going to die. the song they played was a soldgerss eye and the lyrics said “ill be coming home soon” opie had a soldgers eye.
      the nomads are being bossed around by clay. he really has something up his sleve. does clay know jax is working with the cia? maybe clay is allready an imformant. he did broker the deal in stockton in season 4.
      sutter did a gteat job in that episode and it should go down as some of the most intence tv of all time
      i balled my eyes out for opie. thats a true man but it was way too violent. made me sick to my stomach. it felt like a family member died. i still think something shocking is yet to come. more so then what we saw last night.
      KEEP IT UP SUTTER!!
      PS is nero or his female side kick a cop??????

      Comment by dave – September 26, 2012 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Poor Opie

    Comment by dustind01 – September 25, 2012 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am pissed!!!! :*(

    Comment by Sam – September 25, 2012 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OPIE!!!!! :’( but now maybe he can finally be happy with donna and piney, his poor kids though

    Comment by Brenna – September 25, 2012 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why spoil now, why not wait till it’s adored on the west coast? Inconsiderate Bastard!!

    Comment by soa fan – September 25, 2012 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ….why did you look at the article…IT SAYS SPOIL ALERT, READ.

      Comment by Sam – September 25, 2012 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You didn’t have to read the recap if you havn’t seen the ep yet!

      Its call a recap for a reason

      Comment by KJMorse – September 25, 2012 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Game Changer is not a strong enough phrase for what happened.

    Comment by rflairfan – September 25, 2012 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The only character I still cared about. I’m not watching anymore.

    Comment by Luis L (@tvd_luis) – September 25, 2012 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, I’m out too. I was on my feet screaming at the TV ………. soooooooo wrong. As soon as Opie hit the floor I hit the off button on the TV and I won’t be tuning in to Son’s again. I hope Ryan Hurst made the decision willingly to leave the show. He has been my favorite character since the beginning and I will watch whatever he does next.

      Goodbye Ope

      Comment by Sutton – September 25, 2012 09:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ditto. I no longer care to watch the show. I hope it was Ryan’s decision to leave. He was the only character that made the show worth watching. If they wanted to get rid of his character they should have just kept him in prison. It is too final. He can never return. :(

      Comment by Lisa P. – September 26, 2012 12:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You know what they say… don’t let the screen door hit you where the good lord split you. Buh-Bye.

      Comment by Carl D – September 26, 2012 07:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Unbelievable! And it’s only episode 3… Intense isn’t the word…

    Comment by A.Rae – September 25, 2012 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gut wrenching!! I had to pause it -have a smoke and cry. I love Opie but I love that Kurt is not afraid of doing things that are so shocking.

    Comment by Shazha – September 25, 2012 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If I smoked, I’d smoke with you. If I drank, I’d drink with someone. So all I can do is cry. I’m like to previous fans – why Mr. Hurst? Why?

      Comment by Alexis – September 25, 2012 08:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • then don’t read the posts that state “major spoilers ahead” you dumby

    Comment by j b – September 25, 2012 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can not believe what I just saw happen… :(

    Comment by Jeri – September 25, 2012 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can see how this is a game changer. I realize that Jax told Pope he didn’t care anymore, but I’m curious. It’s the club that he’s not necessarily caring for and the problems its caused. His life with his family is his priority. I’m wondering if this will now lead him to trying to dismantle the club in some way after what Opie said about saving the club being the wrong choice. That really could be the beginning of the end that Sutter was talking about.

    As for Gemma and Tara, I know a lot of fans are angry about Tara trying to usurp Gemma as queen (I’d argue it’s more complicated than that), but I love that Tara acknowledged that Gemma played a key role in how she is now. I also loved that she really is protecting her family because going to Wendy was reckless. It was also incredibly selfish. This was really a great hour.

    Comment by Morgan – September 25, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think he was just telling Pope what he wanted to hear. He’s going to build Tig back up and give him the privilege of killing Pope when his time comes. Jax has wanted out, but he cant given the circumstances right now.

      Comment by Coop – September 25, 2012 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • who do you think is behind home invasions?

    Comment by j b – September 25, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The nomads at least they were the ones who took the safe from gemma and Clays house

      Comment by justin – September 25, 2012 08:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Opie couldn’t escape the life, nor did he have any reason to anymore. Yes, he has kids, but he’s admittedly not much of a father. All he had left was his brother Jax, whom he’d do anything to protect.

    Comment by Coop – September 25, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. There was nowhere else for his character to go. I’m shocked and saddened, but it is a fitting end for the character who really had nothing left.

      Comment by Kim – September 25, 2012 10:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agree. I don’t seem to have the love for Opie that everyone else here has, to me he was a holdup character to the flow of this and past seasons. Shocking ending, but I’m glad it was him and not Tig

        Comment by A – September 26, 2012 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Holy crapballs!!! I might have screamed a little bit when Opie got killed.
    In other news, Gemma beating the crap out of Emma kinda made me giggle

    Comment by Monica – September 25, 2012 08:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am COMPLETELY blown away by Opie’s death…so did not see that one coming. I felt for certain it was going to be Chibs….Have no clue what this is going to do to Jax but it is going to be one heck of a ride til we get there. Mr. Sutter you sneaky bastard! How could you kill Opie????!!!!!!

    Comment by Lady K – September 25, 2012 08:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow. I couldn’t cry bc I thought it wasn’t real. Then I saw Jaxs face & I felt so sad. Sutter had Opie depressed & out of it for a while now, & the only thing he really lived for was Jax. So he didn’t die in vain. But he was a wonderful character who’ll be greatly missed.
      We all know how smart Jax is without Pope telling us. Whether he decides to keep Tig as a pawn or stay true to his brotherhood doesn’t change the fact that Jax will make sure that Pope & many others will meet Opie in biker/gang heaven/hell -in true SOA fashion.
      As for Tara, I say Gemma deserves whatever Tara spits at her. Gemma is a badass who loves her family no doubt. But hell, she taught Tara everything she knows so why be surprised by the fire inside of her?! She’s the queen now, & very well fit for it. She and Jax deserve it. This is all Clays fault.

      Comment by Dee Scott – September 25, 2012 09:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • best start to season i can recall. great drama . awesome! i love this show!!

    Comment by andrew manso – September 25, 2012 08:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so upset. I feel like his death wasn’t really needed. There are others who could have died before him. I’m mad.

    Comment by Gabrielle Chantel (@WonderlandGabby) – September 25, 2012 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think it was time and fit the mentality of the show. He had lost everything important to him in his life except for Jax. He went out with a “win”.

      Comment by Coop – September 25, 2012 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Poor opie. My husband kept saying it throughout the whole program and I kept telling him To
    SHUT UP. Ryan Hurst love you. You will be missed.
    I cried big time. Really big time.

    Comment by Eula – September 25, 2012 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I ran out the room crying. I didn’t want to see it once I realized he hit that guard. I cried like a family member died. I jumped on my iPhone searching the web to see if he had a movie, if his wife was pregnant, something to help me accept the best dude being taken off. I’m still teary! He sacrificed so much for SOA! He was too good for them! I hate Tig, biggest piece of shyt character ever. Bye Opie. It just unreal!

      Comment by Righteous – September 25, 2012 08:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • he has a show on USA in 2013. In an interview he did recently he said he liked directing. I think that kurt is giving him a crack at it because he had to direct something for Sons? Hopefully we will see more from ryan hurst soon… as much as i hated this and cried like a baby i understand why he did it now! RIP Opie… and hell hath no fury like a Jax’s scorn!

        Comment by Del J – September 26, 2012 05:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Crap!!! Why Opie? I hope SAMCRO takes out Pope and his whole crew…and that damn DOC guard

    Comment by Jay – September 25, 2012 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So not watching any more!!! This is getting ridiculous!!!

    Comment by LaDonna Obannon – September 25, 2012 08:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Done!

      Comment by Lisa – September 25, 2012 08:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Are you on crack ? U r not watching anymore ? Really ? Really ? Some of the people on here are just plain foolish. Go watch downtown Abby

      Comment by Jason geller – September 25, 2012 09:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im going to Africa this weekend. How can I keep updated on next week??

    Comment by Smitty – September 25, 2012 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • …dvr dude its 2012

      Comment by justin – September 25, 2012 08:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Search “watch sons of anarchy online”

      Comment by K – September 26, 2012 03:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i know they replay last weeks episodes after two airings of that weeks.

      Comment by Del J – September 26, 2012 06:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I cant believe Opie is dead, Jax will get revenge and this all lies on Clays hands. Did anyone else notice Juice was shot in the stomach when the cops raided Niros place?? I hope hes not dead too.

    Comment by Zzippy99 – September 25, 2012 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not juice….juice is the one with the mohawk c’Mon man the guy that got shot was looking more like happy anyways but it was just a random Mexican guy

      Comment by justin – September 25, 2012 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hated to see Opie go, but I can see where, as episodes go on, it would have been difficult for him to be at the table with Clay without a lot of time-consuming dynamics. Kurt Sutter’s creativity is brilliant, but I am saddened by the loss of Opie now.

    Comment by Bdrugfree – September 25, 2012 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow!!!!! I am dumb-founded….My heart was racing more than running a race …I really thought Opie was gonna win somehow…So sick over this…..But keeps me coming back for more….opie will be missed so much…I’m still not over piney…..

    Comment by Denise – September 25, 2012 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I knew if op ever died I would squall my eyes out :’( it saddens me so. I’m gonna miss him! R.I.P. babe

    Comment by nichole – September 25, 2012 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why did opi leave the show?

    Comment by Fox – September 25, 2012 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • they decided to kill him…

      Comment by joe – September 25, 2012 09:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I feel like it was inevitable with him kind of signing off on his kids and going into jail voluntarily. He was a tragic character and pretty broken. Shakespearean death if we’re still sticking to that theory. I hoped of all the options it wasn’t him, but it was kind of written already.

    Comment by kat – September 25, 2012 09:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am really disappointed in the death of Opie, It was pointless, then again it is understandable why he would want to die, with all the pain that he has endured in the show, he will be missed greatly:( I will continue to watch the show and see what Jax can do to make the club to be better than Clay could ever make it.

    Comment by Julie – September 25, 2012 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nomads are behind the home invasions, is this the return of John Teller’s brother?

    Comment by Amz – September 25, 2012 09:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think those NOMADS are maybe working for Clay!

      Comment by AvidSOAwatcherf/fan – September 25, 2012 10:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Opie had lost everything From season 1 we saw him struggle with his indecisiveness towards the club. Then he lost his wife, lost his father and ultimately lost himself. The ONLY reason he stayed close was because of his close bond with Jax. He made the move against that guard to kill himself. He didn’t know what he wanted or even how to live anymore, but with everything processed he knew he wanted to be the one to go. So he sacrificed himself. Its brilliant writing, really. Kurt Sutter is a master at what he does. As sad as it is and as hard as I cried, Opie’s death makes the most sense and keeps the story full circle.

    Comment by Caitlin – September 25, 2012 09:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He rides in peace…..now Jax becomes the man he was mental to be n it won’t stop till popes dead

    Comment by clay black – September 25, 2012 09:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m another one who cried, sobbed more like it. After Jax it was all about Opie for me and having him die and the way Jax couldn’t do anything killed me more. I can understand it from a writing POV, Ope had nothing left and was willing to die and I can see Jax using Tig to take Clay out, a best friend for a best friend, but geez it hurt so much to lose Opie and he never got a moment of happiness. I don’t know what Kurt has planned but wow this just hurt. And on a side note I hate how Tara is treating Gemma

    Comment by Isabelle – September 25, 2012 09:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • my wife is devastated, she says she is not watching anymore..in turn means I CANT WATCH anymore!! screw you Sutter!! Opie was the best guy on the show…. I still might sneak a watch when shes in the crapper…

    On a side note.. RIP Opie shirts just went on sale!

    Comment by Ray – September 25, 2012 09:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Grow a set of balls dude. Tell your wife to get you a beer and stay out of the room

      Comment by Jason geller – September 25, 2012 09:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I realize a lot of folks loved Opie, but I cant get over the fact that people all across the internet are saying it was “pointless” and they’ll never watch again. Hello? Opie was basically dead inside, Jax being the only person left in his life that he cared enough about to try and protect. Him sacrificing himself was to reunite with his father, his wife, and to escape the pain he’s been living with since the beginning of the series. Additionally, it was his last chance to save Jax, giving him the opportunity to try and escape this life before he ends up with nothing like Opie.

    Had Opie survived, it would have been a major cop out.

    Comment by Kyle – September 25, 2012 09:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Finally someone with tv sense. People who say they won’t watch are either lying or just don’t get dramas

      Comment by Jason geller – September 25, 2012 09:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • People that say that are idiots who have never read Shakespeare and have not a clue what story this show is based on. Opie had to die, it was his character’s fate. It’s Hamlet and Opie is Ophelia.

      Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – September 25, 2012 10:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Amen. It’s sad, but I doubt anyone gets out of this show alive. If you can’t handle it, get out now.

        Comment by mcljess – September 26, 2012 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Opie is Horatio, and Horatio is the only one to survive Hamlet!

        Comment by KLB – September 26, 2012 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It don’t matter how bad someone thinks their life is he wasn’t dead!!! Opie may have been feeling dead inside but he could’ve got it together for his friend and his kids!! Your never done you can always revamp your life and make it better!!! This is sick and if Ryan Hurst didn’t ask to leave the show he got done way wrong because he was the best on the show!!!

      Comment by Christeensneed – September 26, 2012 06:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not surprised. Jack is the president and he’s very smart. He knows what to say to whom and how. Its like a mother and her children. She knows all and how to play them. Sad but played brilliant

    Comment by robin – September 25, 2012 09:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I posted last week after episode 2 and before it was announced that someone was going to die this week, that I thought Opie was done for. I just got a bad feeling and have become familiar with Kurt’s style. I had no idea it would be this quick though. I’m so sad to see Opie go. He was a favorite of many fans and it’s a shame to see him go. Now my thoughts are on where it will go from here. Will Jax actually let Pope kill Tig? How will the others take Opie’s death and Will Jax go on a giant revenge mission to kill Pope? I don’t know what to think really but I remember how smart and crafty he was with Agent Stal of the ATF and the whole situation with Jimmy O. So I think we can all expect to see more of Jax’s genious get applied to the current mess with Clay, Tig, Pope and the Cartel. I can’t wait until next week!

    Comment by Ken – September 25, 2012 09:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In a way I blame Tig for Ope’s death as much as or more than I blame Pope. How many people should have to pay for Tig’s sins?

      Comment by Kim – September 25, 2012 10:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I respect everyones oppinion so respect mine people dont understand samcro is a brotherhood when clay lied and said black dudes shot him tigg wanted revenge because his brother was in pain the current events are not tiggs fault they are clays period and people are actin like ope didnt know he was gonna die when he hit the guard come on man if u think soa is gonna have a happy ending then your an idiot

        Comment by Hoffcob – September 26, 2012 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think Jax will let people do something to Tig. Op was his best friend, and yes this all is Clay’s stupid fault…but in an instance Op’s death was kind of Tig’s fault too…he is the one that killed Pope’s daughter…CRAZY! Can’t wait until next week!

      Comment by Meagan – September 26, 2012 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sorry correction Jack as president

    Comment by robin – September 25, 2012 09:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was extremely excited to watch today’s episode of Sons of Anarchy, but never in my life did i expect it to turn out the way it did………….
    Opie was undoubtedly one of my favourite characters on the show, even though i didnt want him to die, i knew immediately that he would volunteer to as soon as Jax told him everything.

    I hope Jax finds that sergeant and kills him the same way Opie died.
    RIP OPIE WINSTON :(

    Comment by Aston – September 25, 2012 09:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Opie = Ophelia. He was always meant to fill that role in the story, even though he was Jax’s best friend instead of a love interest. The only question was WHEN his death would be. It didn’t have to be right now, but it couldn’t have waited much longer either.

    You’re supposed to be completely devastated by the character’s death. Ryan Hurst did an excellent job.

    Comment by Read A Book Sometime – September 25, 2012 10:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes it’s crazy that Opie is gone,but hate it or love it this one of the best sries in a long time…On the other had Why are people mad at Tara for Keepig Gemma in Check..It’s because of Gemma so many things have transpired.Yes she wants to protect her family,but if she would’ve kept her mouth shut and stopped telling Clay everything maybe things would be different.Gemma has some good moments,but look at her past she turned on her husband and took his best friend the truely unloyal Clay.Andshe knew and kept the fact that Clay had John Teller Killed a big secret from her Son.To sum all of that up Clay and Gemma are Catching Karma in a Big way..Yes tig has a super short fuse,but who told the lie to set him off…(The root of all of SOA’s painful and deepest problems Clay and Gemma)

    Comment by AvidSOAwatcherf/fan – September 25, 2012 10:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im pissed!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by dan – September 25, 2012 10:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not mad. Quite the opposite. To tell a good story, especially one based on Hamlet, you have to kill characters people may be attached to. It’s just how it is. It makes the actor’s portrayal of the character that much better when it hurts to see them go.

    Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – September 25, 2012 10:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t believe I feel so down after the death of a fictional character. Absolutely lived Ope and truly think he made the show. Can not believe that one event has made me seriously think about not watching SOA anymore. In my mind it was always going to be Jac and Ope or even just Ope running the MC. This totally sucks.

    Comment by Ryan – September 25, 2012 11:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, very disappointing to kill Opie off. He was the loyal trusted friend of Jax. Screws with the dynamics. Not sure how they couldn’t kill off Trager, he’s the reason for the mess.

      Comment by Crystal – October 1, 2012 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow!! I never really disliked Tig but now it all intertwines with him and I was pissed at him this episode! He killed Donna, killed Popes daughter and because of this Opie is now dead! Also can someone please tell me why it was so important that Tig back Jax up in everything? Is it because every vote needs to be unanimous for setting to be carried out or does he hold a high ranking vote? Damn it, Tig should’ve been in the hole!! Grrrrr!!

    Comment by Liz – September 25, 2012 11:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jax basically told him he either has his unending total loyalty, or he would probably end up in a pine box next to Opie. Though Jax also told Pope that after their business Tig could swing for all he cared, seems like Tig is a dead man walking.

      Comment by interloper – September 25, 2012 11:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • im really hoping like someone else posted that Tig is used by Jax to kill Clay.. Best friend for a best friend…

        Comment by penruff – September 26, 2012 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • All the things you mentioned revolved around Clay, with Tig playing a direct but minor role. Clay issued the order to kill Donna, and Clay is the one who set Tig off by telling him that the 9ers were responsible for Piney’s death. Tig is an out-of-control pitbull for sure, but these issues stem back to Clay.

      Comment by A – September 26, 2012 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually, Clay issued the order to kill Opie because that dirty Fed agent led Clay to believe that Opie was ratting on the club. TIg killed Donna by accident. Just like he killed Pope’s daughter by accident, by the way. But, your point is well taken. Nearly all the bad stuff is directly or indirectly Clay’s fault.

        Comment by Snickteetee – September 26, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I couldnt believe it until I started watching it I knew opie was going to pick himself to fight to the death! I thought he’d fight that big black dude and get whooped on a little but thats it not get a pipe and go againt 3 of them thats bull im pissed!!! Man I loved opie too my 2nd fave I didnt think he’d die man that hurts I cried when I saw him get knocked across the head man it felt real like its right in front of u and u cant do nothing but watch thats the worst feeling in the world when you feel helpless like that poor jax :’( he lost his best friend.

    Comment by Fallon smith – September 25, 2012 11:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There it is, there is what makes Sons a badass TV show. Good sendoff for Opie, he was always a righteous character, going down fighting.There wasn’t too much else for him really, the club destroyed his life, this was a good ending for him. Im curious what avenue Jax will take now, now that the club has cost him his best friend.

    Comment by interloper – September 25, 2012 11:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I personally want to kill Pope with my bare hands Opie was my favourite character and Jax’s voice of reason with his Opie’s dad and now Opie gone I fear Jax will go AWL Please mr. Sutter let me kill pope and tig screw tig he really pisses me off he screwed everything up

    Comment by chris – September 25, 2012 11:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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