After such a turbulent season, it was good to get a satisfying season finale. Of course this means I’ll be impatiently waiting next season, but that likely would have happened either way.

So Romeo (Danny Trejo) is actually CIA and so is Luis (Benito Martinez). Luis must have recruited him at some point. Nicely done and didn’t see that coming! They bust up Lincoln Potter’s (Ray McKinnon) RICO party and 14 months of work go down the drain for Potter, because they need the relationship with the Irish and the cartel to continue with SAMCRO. It’s always interesting to see how one arm of the government trumps another.

Lincoln Potter does two things before he leaves town. One is that he passes Juice’s (Theo Rossi) file along to Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) so he can let him know he is free to go. The other is when he shows up at the City Council hearing about Charming Heights and dumps a bag full of sex toys and dolls on the table to let everyone know who is backing Hale (Jeff Kober) financially. Have to agree with Roosevelt’s assessment of Potter, that he is “really an odd dude”.

The Irish make it perfectly clear that they refuse to deal with the cartel without Clay (Ron Perlman) present. So they walk out of the meeting. Romeo and Luis pull Jax (Charlie Hunnam) aside to reveal who they really are. Everything comes out, including Tara’s kidnapping. They intended to take her into protective custody and debrief her. They need Clay to stay alive so they can make sure the meet happens between the cartel and the Irish. He isn’t allowed to tell anybody anything, otherwise they will take down the entire club. This puts Jax in the worst position possible, because it means he needs to stay with the club. Damn, I knew they were going to find a way to keep Jax in Charming and part of the SAMCRO. Just didn’t know how they were going to do it.

After spending some time at JT’s grave, Jax heads to the hospital to see Clay. At first it looks like he is going to use the blood thinner on him, then Clay wakes up. So he puts a knife to his throat, explains the new order and strips his President’s patch. Clay responds that he would rather be dead. Jax makes it perfectly clear that he pretty much is if he makes one wrong move.

While Jax is walking out of the hospital, Gemma (Katey Sagal) is walking in. She sees him and starts to beg him not to leave. He tells her he is staying and she won’t have to worry about Clay any more. Gemma is disappointed to find Clay is still alive.

Jax gets Opie (Ryan Hurst) to meet him so he can also tell him he is staying with the club, will become President and wants Opie to be his VP. When Opie questions his motives, Jax tells him he needs to trust him and he will tell him and the rest of the club when the time is right. He lets him know there is a meeting and that he wants him to be there.

Jax then breaks the news to Tara (Maggie Siff) and tells her the truth about why he has to stay. They have a tearful few moments together, he says he knows she needs to leave and should head to Portland. Yeesh, that was sad!

Gemma is in the office burning the papers she pulled out of the pile of letters that implicate her, when Jax arrives at the clubhouse. He puts the letters inside a drawer in the garage while Gemma watches him. Then he takes the forever walk into the clubhouse and sits at the head of the table. When other members join him, he lets them know were they can sit. Tig (Kim Coates) is no longer Sergeant at Arms. He promotes Chibs. Opie doesn’t join them by the time Jax swings the gavel. Tara, however walks in. She kneels down and tells him she is staying. Gemma opens the door, looks around the table and pointedly at Tara. Tara stands and moves possessively behind Jax the same way Gemma was standing behind JT many moons ago.

So, Clay lives to see another day, Jax is now head of SAMCRO, they are still in business with the cartel and the power struggle between Tara and Gemma looks like it will reach new heights. We also learned that the woman Tig killed is the daughter of Damon Pope, the most dangerous gangster in Oakland. Things are all set for next season.

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After such a turbulent season, it was good to get a satisfying season finale. Of course this means I'll be impatiently waiting next season, but that likely would have happened either way. So Romeo (Danny Trejo) is actually CIA and so is Luis (Benito Martinez). Luis must have recruited him...