So, its been since week one that we talked about the show, so here is a quick review. The gang was able to get to Ireland and save Abel after a number of betrayals. We find that Teller in this universe actually means Skywalker. Jax has a half-Irish sister who he almost bangs. Apparently, John Teller got busy with a sister of an Irish priest who is also one of the heads of the IRA.
During all of this, Jax made a deal with Stahl for his mother's release, the club storming the church dinner and the ability to go to Ireland. Jax would give her the IRA contacts including Jimmy. Also, the Mayans and Sons come to a truce much to the saccharin of Salzabar, the guy who decided to shot up Half-Sack's wedding. He kidnaps Tara, who is pregnant with Jax's kid and her boss who turns out to be a gang member. The Sons are able to rescue her and Abel within 48 hours. While this is going on Hale's brother makes his move to take over Charming which includes getting rid of the local cops. Stahl also killed her lesbo partener to ensure Gemma would not screw up the deal.
So, we get to the finale where everything hits the fan. Jimmy is captured by the Sons after they buy him from the Russians using counterfiet money. Stahl and ATF arrest Jimmy then outs Jax for being a rat. As the gang implodes on Jax, they too are arrested. As they are being lead away, Unser stops the feds with Stahl and Jimmy. He warns them the IRA is up ahead. They stupidly leave Stahl and Jimmy with him. Piney, Opie and Irish show up in a bus. Irish kills Jimmy, he even gives him the Heath Ledger Joker scars. Opie shoots Stahl in the back of the head much like how his wife, Donna was killed. Unser is knocked out and an IRA symbol covered in blood is left as a warning. The rest of the gang is given a signal by the Prospects who are following and they all laugh. As this sorta feel good moment occurs, we see that Maude, John's Irish wife, put some letters into Jax's bag. Tara reads them in one of the more chilling moments in TV history, John Teller narrates that Gemma and Clay will kill him, yet his hope is Jax will be saved.
Ok, there is a ton of stuff left out, but the main plot of the show has come back to focus is Hamlet. The Sons who are going to jail will be gone for 14 months to 3 years, so we are probably due for a time jump next season. This was a long at time drawn out season especially when they got to Ireland. They could have probably skipped some stuff, but what I don't know. Regardless, this show continues to be amazing and emotional exhausting. I don't know what its going to take for the Emmy cartel to acknowledge this show, but if they don't get any nominations especially Katie Sagal as Gemma, they are officially too in love with Mad Men and Breaking Bad to realize there are other probably better shows out there.
Couldn't agree more with the Emmy for Katey Sagal ... she's totally shed that Peg Bundy stereotype with this role.
I love how a lot of things were wrapped up (i.e Opie getting his closure, Chibbs getting his revenge on Jimmy, etc.). Season 4 has some fresh storylines with the Russians & the whole Clay/Gemma killing John Teller storyline.
I'm just hoping they don't jump the shark and reveal that Clay is actually Jax's real father ...
I'm hoping the Irish contingent isn't back for Season Four. I have enough trouble decoding Chibs' lines, but this year I had to double-back to understand what the heck the Irishmen were saying, countless times.
I liked how Opie shed his head-wrap for a few episodes, mid-season. Guy looked like a drummer for Slayer or something.
I was sorry to see Stahl go. That "smart bitch" made a great villain...and I'm not sure if I should be ashamed to say that I've had a screen-crush on her for all three seasons. But hey, I used to get all misty watching "Profiler" back in the day.
They really neutered Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) this season. He seemed like a mean ol' scumbag in previous seasons, but this year he came off like the mother hen (or "Chubby Huggs") of the bunch. I'm thinking of that scene where he was serving everyone tea in Ireland.
I liked the little riff between Kozik and Tig over Missy. Missy's reveal was a big surprise to me and one of the lighter moments of an intense season. Tig's come off like a complete piece of garbage since the show began, so it was kinda' welcome to see him have some humanity.
Oh, finally...give me more Grim Bastards for Season Four!
This is especially sad to read because Sound & Vision magazine did a profile of Richardson and Neeson's home theater just a few months back that also did a great job of profiling the couple's home life.