How the trail of casualties over the years has led SAMCRO to a crossroads; first in a series (NSFW)
''Pilot'' (season 1, episode 1)
RIP: Three Mayans and a Nord
Death by: Bullets
Reason: SAMCRO wanted to steal back its stolen guns and set the Mayans' warehouse ablaze in retaliation, but Jax was slow setting the explosives. He'd let his more pyro-proficient best friend Opie (Ryan Hurst) bow out since Opie's wife Donna (Sprague Grayden) wanted him to go straight after a five-year jail sentence for arson. SAMCRO got company. Clay took out two Mayans, his Sergeant-at-Arms Tig (Kim Coates) offed one, and Jax was forced to kill a fourth who fired on him and turned out to be a Nord.
Result: The Mayans had teamed up with the Nords the white supremacists' leader Darby (Mitch Pileggi) knew where SAMCRO's gun warehouse was, and the Nords wanted Mayan help pushing SAMCRO out of Charming so they could bring meth into town. In the end, SAMCRO did blow up the Mayans' warehouse with the three dead Mayans sitting in the cabin of a truck and the deceased Nord lying in its bed with a stick of dynamite…well…in a sensitive spot (see above). ''Candle's in the cake,'' Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) said.
Reverberations: It was the first time we saw Jax kill. His first love Tara (Maggie Siff) who'd just returned to Charming as a neonatal surgeon and helped save his premature baby, Abel saw the blood on his shirt when she hugged him. She told him to clean himself up.
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