Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)
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The Revelator 

After a tragedy hits the club, the bonds of brotherhood are called into question and Jax must take a stand.


Kurt Sutter


Kurt Sutter (created by), Kurt Sutter




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Hunnam ... Jackson 'Jax' Teller
Katey Sagal ... Gemma Teller Morrow
Mark Boone Junior ... Robert 'Bobby Elvis' Munson
Kim Coates ... Alexander 'Tig' Trager
Tommy Flanagan ... Filip 'Chibs' Telford
Johnny Lewis ... Kip 'Half Sack' Epps
Maggie Siff ... Dr. Tara Knowles
Ron Perlman ... Clarence 'Clay' Morrow
Tom Everett Scott ... Rosen
Ally Walker ... Agent June Stahl
Drea de Matteo ... Wendy Case
Ryan Hurst ... Harry 'Opie' Winston
Theo Rossi ... Juan Carlos 'Juice' Ortiz
William Lucking ... Piermont 'Piney' Winston
Taylor Sheridan ... Deputy Chief David Hale (as Tayler Sheridan)


In the wake of Tig's accidental killing of Donna, the Sons prepare for her funeral, as Clay convinces them the 9ers were responsible. With Laroy betraying Clay and storming the Mayan gun sale before the money was handed over, SAMCRO find themselves in a precarious position; the 9ers have their surplus weaponry, the Mayans no longer trust them, and they have no cash. As Clay and Tig wrestle with their conscience, Stahl must come to terms with her own complicity in Donna's death. Meanwhile, Hale gets some advice from Unser about how to handle his suspicions regarding the murder. Determined to avenge the death of his daughter-in-law, Piney decides to go after the 9ers on their own territory. When SAMCRO get some bad news from their lawyer, Jason Rosen (Tom Everett Scott), they must call in every favour they can to try to find where ATF are keeping the witness against Bobby, with Clay planning to send Tig to kill her. Jax, however, decides to do things another way, whether Clay likes it ... Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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At the very end of the episode, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is standing in front of John Teller's grave. When the camera starts to pan back away from Jax, all the names on the other headstones repeat. Every row, the names shift over one column for multiple rows. See more »


A closeup of the white dove sitting on the Highway 221 North sign, the leather jesses tethering the dove to the sign can be scene around its legs. See more »


Piermont 'Piney' Winston: Time for a change.
Jackson 'Jax' Teller: Yeah.
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Ashes to Ashes
Written by Tarbox Ramblers
Performed by Tarbox Ramblers
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SAMCRO in disarray
23 October 2012 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

In the tiny border town of Charming, California a criminal biker gang called "The Sons of Anarchy" rule conducting their illegal activities in the most business-like manner circumstances will allow for whilst doing their utmost to keep social decay from the confines of their community.

Club president Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) and his stepson vice-president Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) attempt to remain focused and organized whilst brutal maintaining footholds in multiple illegal enterprises and defending against incursions by outside criminal groups - specifically the "Mayans" an Hispanic biker outfit they have been at war with.

Sons of Anarchy entices viewers by offering a window on the outlaw subculture. But it strikes its greatest chord of profundity by finding a commonality in human experience and exploring universal truths as they relate to interpersonal relations, family, friendship, individual responsibility, business, government and justice.

The juxtaposition of those themes with the shocking violence and unique rituals of a biker gang make for a superior example of scripted episodic television buttressed by superior writing, exceptional acting and inventive staging.

We have all seen crazy soap opera families feuding with shocking fierocity over vast wealth and generational legacies. What most of us haven't seen are families like that operating in milieu where such fierocity would not be out of place. The fight over legacy and dark family secrets was a big part of those shows.

The "hero" Jax Teller - crown prince of Bikerland, does the bare minimum which shows that he belongs in a violent criminal organization. We can ascertain with reasonable certitude that he did not become second-in-command of this group by flower-arranging but he is seldom presented in the same light as his brothers in SAMCRO.

Early in the series Jax was shown enthusiastically bashing a guys head in just for sitting on his bike and murdering a federal agent. His reasons qualify his actions somewhat but this is still one bad dude capable of the gravest severity when crossed.

The image of a cerebral biker is a contradiction that is not easy to square. Indeed that figures heavily into the plot. The vision that Jax comes to have for SAMCRO is one his father J.T. had i.e. less of a gang and more of a commune. His father's death fifteen years earlier is evidently tied in with the man's resistance to SAMCRO involvement in heavy criminal activity.

That Jax's mother Gemma (Katey Sagal) and his stepfather know more about it than they are saying suggests this is a biker version of Hamlet - a characterization the show's producers resist. The clash between competing visions does however continually result in a Shakespearian kind of tragedy.

In this episode which closes out Season 1 Jax has discovered that the feds duped SAMCRO into thinking his best friend Opie (Ryan Hurst) was an informant resulting in a botched hit by Tig (Kim Coates) enforcer-in-chief of SAMCRO that instead claimed the life of Opie's wife Donna (Sprague Grayden).

Attending her funeral Jax has to decide what he will do. His loyalties conflict and could tear SAMCRO apart.

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26 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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