How accumulated body count has led SAMCRO to a crossroads; second in a series (NSFW)
''Albification'' (season 2, episode 1)
RIP: Elian Perez
Death by: Bullets
Reason: Fearing that Opie (Ryan Hurst) couldn't bear to hear that the club his family was responsible for Donna's (Sprague Grayden) death, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) allowed Clay (Ron Perlman) to pin the murder on the Mayans as payback for SAMCRO setting the Mayans up for Niner slaughter. The scapegoat was ex-con Elian Perez (Joey Anaya), who Opie, Jax, Chibs (Tommy Flanagan), and Tig (Kim Coates) spotted dealing drugs near a school. They chased him.
Result: Opie put his gun in Perez's mouth and wanted to hear him admit that he'd killed Donna. Perez denied it. As Jax and Chibs took Opie aside and Opie explained that he needed to leave with no doubt that he'd killed the right man, Perez told Tig that the Mayans had no beef with SAMCRO. Tig shot him through the cheek to silence him. When Opie and the boys returned, Tig told them Perez had reached for his gun and he had to take the shot. Jax assured Opie there was no doubt. Opie put a bullet in the Mayan's head and carved the SOA's 'A' symbol into his torso so the Mayans would know who was responsible.
Reverberations: Jax said he'd take care of the body. He shot more holes in Perez's chest to mask the 'A' and dumped his body with his hands holding up nine fingers so it'd look like the work of the Niners. Jax making that call on his own fueled what would become a season-long war with Clay. It also made the Mayans want to buy more guns from SAMCRO to retaliate against the Niners. Clay told Alvarez (Emilio Rivera) with the ATF heat, SAMCRO wasn't selling. Then Clay tipped off the Niners that the Mayans were gunning for them and arranged to sell Laroy (Tory Kittles) weapons. The Mayans crashed that exchange and bullets flew. Opie walked into the fray fearlessly (or with a death wish).
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