Sons of Anarchy Season 5: Do I Even Need To Say It?

Sons of Anarchy Season 5 Premiere (10) Sovereign

Sons of Anarchy returns for its fifth season tonight and after screening the first two episodes, well let’s just say I’m glad this show is still on the air… oh and I need to see more of course.

But before I get more into what to expect this season, how about we just start with acknowledging the fact that every single season of Sons of Anarchy has been nothing less than brilliant, so I won’t even mention how amazing these upcoming episodes are, let’s just assume from now on that they are.

Now that that’s out of the way, I want to focus on some of the exciting moments and storylines set up within the first two episodes, “Sovereign” and “Authority Vested.”

Gemma’s New Lover

This season we meet a few new characters including one of my favorite, Nero Padilla (played by Jimmy Smits), who turns out to be Gemma’s sort of new lover, but also the owner of a brothel.

Without giving too much away, I can say that he gets involved with the gang in an interesting way and could possibly have quite an impact on Jax.

I don’t know what is coming up for Nero after these two initial episodes, but all I know is that I want to learn more about him. There is something very compelling about him that is different from the guys in the club and I think it could lead to a captivating new dynamic in the series.

Is Clay The New Piney?

Clay is a survivor. But in a very poetic twist, his appearance will remind you of none other than Piney. He is a shell of himself still gripping at the end of the rope, unwilling to let go.

And while his motives are not totally clear just yet, you know Clay has a plan and I’m looking forward to seeing it unfold.

Meet Damon Pope

After last season’s finale reveal that Tig had in fact killed kingpin Damon Pope’s daughter, you knew this new season would bring a new and dangerous nemesis for the gang. What we didn’t know was how dangerous and ruthless he would be.

Harold Perrineau (Lost) takes on the role and instead of going for the “typical” scary gangster, he gives Damon Pope a calm and quiet stance which makes him the scariest of all when you finally get to see what he’s capable of.

Still Recovering

I mentioned how scary Pope is and while you don’t understand yet how scary, you will by the end of the first episode. It culminated on such an overwhelming scene that I had to take a second before continuing to watch, and then needed a few minutes to recover before watching episode 2. Oh and did I mention I got teary as well.

This could quite possibly be the most powerful scene from Sons of Anarchy ever. And let me tell you another thing I won’t forget anytime soon, Pope’s devastating quote to *spoiler*. That will haunt the club this whole season. Hell, it still haunts me.

It’s Only The Beginning

And that’s just the stuff I can talk about, there is so much more coming. The end of “Authority Vested” (ep. 2) sends the club on another new storyline that I didn’t expect to happen so soon.

Only a few shows achieve the intricate and enthralling stories that Sons of Anarchy gives us every year. And the way you know it does is because I get knots in my stomach and can’t stop thinking about what I just watched.

Sons of Anarchy Season 5 premieres tonight, September 11, at 10pm on FX and instead of asking you to tune in, I’ll just assume you all know what you’d be missing if you didn’t. And of course make sure to let me know what you thought in the comment section or on Twitter @sosandrine.