Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sons of Anarchy: He Went Out A Warrior

It's been a while since I've reported on any angst. But I'm trying this new thing where I only post when there's actually some angst to post about. Last night's Sons of Anarchy definitely fits the damn bill. Ugh. Spoilers to follow.

Charlie Hunnam and Ryan Hurst as Jax Teller and Opie Winston on Sons of Anarchy S05E03 Opie's Death SOA Opie and Jax Ryan Hurst Opie SOA
Charlie Hunnam and Ryan Hurst as Jax Teller and Opie Winston on Sons of Anarchy S05E03 Opie's Death SOA Opie and Jax Ryan Hurst Opie SOA
I'm bummed. Simply put - I really liked Opie. He was a soulful character; the angel on Jax's shoulder. But he was also a character who kept getting beaten down again and again and again. By fate, by the club, by bad luck - he was crushed over and over until there was almost nothing left. I wanted the magical fairy of happiness to swoop down and make him feel better. But Kurt Sutter isn't really a magical fairy of happiness kind of guy.

Charlie Hunnam and Ryan Hurst as Jax Teller and Opie Winston on Sons of Anarchy S05E03 Opie's Death SOA Opie and Jax Ryan Hurst Opie SOA
Charlie Hunnam and Ryan Hurst as Jax Teller and Opie Winston on Sons of Anarchy S05E03 Opie's Death SOA Opie and Jax Ryan Hurst Opie SOA

So, yes. I'm sad. And frankly, I hate whenever young blood leaves this show (Half Sack!). But I absolutely love that the death of Opie actually made sense. He had nothing left. His wife was gone, his dad was gone, his kids are in safe hands, and someone from his club isn't getting out of jail alive. He decides that someone is going to be him. And he's certainly not going to sit by and watch his best friend die when he can stop it.

Charlie Hunnam and Ryan Hurst as Jax Teller and Opie Winston on Sons of Anarchy S05E03 Opie's Death SOA Opie and Jax Ryan Hurst Opie SOA
Charlie Hunnam and Ryan Hurst as Jax Teller and Opie Winston on Sons of Anarchy S05E03 Opie's Death SOA Opie and Jax Ryan Hurst Opie SOA
I can't help but compare this death to the death of Jimmy Darmody - which I'm still really pissed about. Where Jimmy's death felt entirely based on behind the scenes shenanigans (and a desire to copy the shock value of Game of Thrones), Opie's death was motivated, logical, and inevitable. It was drawn into his characterization and set up perfectly in last week's episode. And in terms of writing - there aren't a lot of paths left for Opie to go down. He's already disconnected in so many ways, to have him make this choice makes sense. Plus it lets the character go out a hero.

Charlie Hunnam and Ryan Hurst as Jax Teller and Opie Winston on Sons of Anarchy S05E03 Opie's Death SOA Opie and Jax Ryan Hurst Opie SOA
Charlie Hunnam and Ryan Hurst as Jax Teller and Opie Winston on Sons of Anarchy S05E03 Opie's Death SOA Opie and Jax Ryan Hurst Opie SOA
But still. I'm bummed. His poor kids. I vote for the magical fairy of happiness next time.

14 comments:

  1. This was one of the hardest things I have ever had to watch. My heart is still broken.

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  2. I have to agree with Cheryl. But as the scenes rolled on, I could see that this was the way it needed to be.....soon rorally bummed out!!!!

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  3. I'm still crying he did go out as a warrior! This show is bad ass and kicking.

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  4. You know what else I loved? The fact that Kurt Sutter had publicized that someone was going to die made the emotion of that final fight so much more intense. I think if I hadn't known someone was going down, I would have been expecting Opie to somehow make it out alive. But as it is, like the characters, I was watching helplessly, just waiting for that final blow.

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  5. I'm still devastated. After all that Clay has done he should have been the one to go. Opie didn't deserve this especially losing his wife and dad in the hands of Clay. The stars of SAMCRO was Opie n Jax. Really angry at how Sutter abruptly killed off Opie without allowing him to seek revenge for Piney and Donna n really working together with Jax after finding out the truth about Jax's dad. SOA will never b the same. .

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  6. I agree with 99% of this. I love Opie too and this is a fitting way to play his character off. However, I would argue that his kids are NOT in safe hands. They are staying with a porn star who didn't want to keep them in the first place, and only relented after he begged her and paid her. Even then, she said it would only be for a few weeks. Poor kids.

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  7. Nurse Chula - I definitely agree that Opie didn't deserve to die. But he didn't deserve any of the stuff that's happened to him over the course of this series. He didn't really have a life worth living at this point. And there's no way Jax won't' eventually take care of Clay. He'll get his.

    And Anon #2 - whether or not Lyla is objectively "safe hands" I think Opie trusts that she'll do right by the kids, even if that means bringing them to Opie's mom. But it does suck for them either way.

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  8. I can see how Kurt Sutter reached his decision to kill Ope in the 3rd episode. It was gruesome and sickening and he didn't deserve to die but if it is a good show (which it really rocks!) and you don't lose major characters, it loses emotion and passion that it was created for. Now it will be interesting to see Jax develop as the president of SAMCRO and how he will deal with his club. Pope was right this is what makes a leader a king. RIP OPE

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  9. As Opie fans, we can all only hope and pray to the SOA gods that at some point Jax be the one to rip Clay to shreds. "He's going to die by the hands of a son" Jax killing Clay will be a little justice for Opie's death. Without Clay and everything he done Opie would not have been a 'lost soul' to make him so at peace with his own demise. I still tear up at any mention of him dying and with the funeral on it's way it will only get worse from here. RIP our beloved Opie and may god NOT have mercy on Clay's soul.

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  10. I just wanted to say thank you for mentioning the Jimmy comparison. Because the why Opie died and the long set up through the seasons made his death acceptable. Even if his character was rad and likable. The why they did Jimmy on HBO was horrible and ruined the show now. This particular close-to-home death intensified

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  11. Opie is my favorite character of all time. I have been weeping as though I lost a family member. Sutter had to come from a dark evil place to come up with this idea. I am devastated to say the least, and I will truely miss Opie. I know it is to aid the direction of the show, but honesly I wish Sutter would have taken a direction any other way than by killing off such a valuable actor such as Ryan Hurst. What Hurst brought to this show was pure genius, and pure talent. I am seriously pissed.

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  12. I am jus so sad about this...Opie was my favorite character since the 1st season...I kept hoping for a miracle, i kept thinking Opies got this...I knew down deep it was gonna happen and it was heart wrenching...the look on Jax's face was heart crushing....I dont remember ever getting this close to a character...Ryan you will be missed but Kurt Sutter you are one gifted and twister writer......but it makes sense...no one eles would of impacted Jax like this....My fave show ever....

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  13. I was devastated that Opie was killed off. So violent and sudden I wasn't expecting it. It felt like I lost someone dear to me. I have never reacted this way over a TV show. I hope Jax gets rid of Pope and all his dirty contacts in the legal world. I too am anxious to see what Jax does with all of this. SOA Rocks!!

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  14. Sadly, I got into the show later so I JUST saw this episode but I'm happy (in a sad way) to see I wasn't the only as heart broken as I was. I knew that SOMEONE would have to go obviously but I thought "shit something will happen and they'll get out just in time" but things don't happen always that smoothly for Sons. Opie was my favorite character. And when he got arrested for headbutting the cop so he could go with them I was like "this isn't going to end well." but it was a strong statement of his character. The way Opie reacted when Jax told him one of them had to go and it wasn't going to be Tig made me think "ah he has nothing to do with this he's fine" nothing could of been further from the truth. The second he again assaulted the cop and was thrown into the box I was done. I cried. I was so damn heart broken. Then when it looked like he'd get them all the second that pipe was out of his hands I knew I just knew and all you could do was watch as if you, too, were stuck behind that bullet proof glass watching your friend die. He when got hit I snapped I broke down. The look on Jax's face, the sounds of the other two screaming No then when Jax is looking at Tig and Chibs and you just see out of the corner the guy STILL BEATING IN OPIE'S HEAD WITH THE PIPE!! it was heart breaking. He died for the club, he died to protect his friends and the people he "loved" he went out a hero. I understand from a character perspective why Opie has to go. There was (as mentioned in many comments) no where else for Opie to go. He wasn't going to clean up and win daddy of the year for his kids, his family was gone at the hands of the person he trusted and to realize at some point that the bullet that killed your wife was meant for YOU was probably going to force him to suicide anyway, I loved Opie, I rooted for him but nothing worked for him he said himself "I don't think I love anything." he knew Jax would of took the place of the person that died and Opie couldn't sit by and let Jax die in the end it shows Opie did indeed love something and or someone(s) but still one of the hardest things I've watched.

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