I have to say, I think Ron Perlman did a great job this season. That scene in the "chapel" was amazing. Hilarious and then horrifying. I'm glad he got to play a scene like that before he went out. I wasn't shocked that Clay was finally killed, but it was still shocking in a weird way. I guess there have been so many times when I thought he'd get killed that I didn't think it would happen so far from the end of the series. After all, Claudius doesn't die until the final scene of Hamlet.
Really though, the show isn't adhering to Hamlet completely, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. After all Opie died pretty early whereas Laertes makes it until the end of the play. I just have to wonder if EVERYONE will be dead in the final episode. I enjoy the drama of it all, but I really hope for a slightly happy - or at least not horribly depressing - ending to the series.
I'm SO happy that Bobby pulled through. I gasped when I realized he was the one who got shot.
I was reading an interview with Kurt Sutter and he talked about how, after Opie (), it would be very hard for him to kill off one of the core guys - Chibs, Tig, Bobby, Juice, etc. Of course, he didn't say he wouldn't do it, just that it would be hard.
AJane - now you have me worried for Nero! I've always liked Jimmy Smits (although I hated him on Dexter because I didn't like the storyline) but I have to say that this is my favorite role for him. Like I mentioned way upthread, I forgot what a good actor he is until I saw him on this show. I really hope he sticks around until the end. I really think he balanced Gemma out nicely. Still, as much as I love him, I couldn't help feeling for Unser at the end there. He's been pining for Gemma for what? Decades now?
Totally rooting for a Jax/Tara reunion. Maybe I'm imagining it, but I think she was glad that Jax killed Clay. She certainly could list his crimes quickly to Nero in the car. It's obvious she's feeling conflicted