How the trail of casualties over the years has led SAMCRO to a crossroads; first in a series (NSFW)
''Pilot'' (season 1, episode 1)
Death by: Fire
Reason: The series' first casualties were two illegal female immigrants ''Fried' and ''Refried,'' as SAMCRO president Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) called them who helped assemble the weapons the gun-running motorcycle club received from the True IRA to distribute in Northern Cali. They died hiding in a utility hatch when the rival Mexican M.C. the Mayans stole weapons intended for the black street gang the One-Niners and torched SAMCRO's warehouse.
Result: The blast cover-up pushed the club's relationship with San Joaquin County Sheriff Trammel (Glenn Plummer) to a new level, and the Mayan beef was a red flag to club VP Jax (Charlie Hunnam), who was also dealing with the local white supremacist gang the Nordics selling crank to his pregnant ex Wendy (Drea de Matteo).
Reverberations: After discovering writings by his late father, John Teller, detailing his vision for the M.C. (which didn't include gun-running), Jax floated the idea of not rebuilding the gun warehouse and the club instead looking for a new way to earn. It didn't go over well with Clay or Jax's mother, Clay's wife Gemma (Katey Sagal), who wanted to make sure Jax followed in the right father's footsteps.
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