How accumulated body count has led SAMCRO to a crossroads (NSFW; SPOILER ALERT!)
''Straw'' (season 6, episode 1)
RIP: Porn producer Kia Ghanezi
Death by: Drowning
Reason: As season 6 began, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) made a deal with August Marks (Billy Brown) to turn Tig (Kim Coates) over once Marks successfully orchestrated the death of Clay (Ron Perlman), who'd been framed by Jax for the murder of Marks' boss, gangster Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau). Like Clay, Jax's wife Tara (Maggie Siff) was also in custody, accused of being an accessory to the murder of a prison nurse by Death Row Son Otto (Kurt Sutter). The premiere gave Jax more worries, starting when Lyla (Winter Ave Zoli), the widow of his best friend Opie (Ryan Hurst), showed up with serious cuts, bruises, and burns from an adult film that turned out to be torture porn. When SAMCRO and the Byz-Lats went to the Stockton docks studio to settle the score, guns were drawn.
Result: Cops showed up and took Jax and Nero (Jimmy Smits) to meet crooked ex-cop Charlie Barosky (Peter Weller), who now runs the docks. While Barosky was interested in introducing them to his friend Colette (Kim Dickens), a madam looking to turn her port brothel into a legitimate escort business, he agreed that the Iranian porn producers the Ghanezi Brothers Amir (Anthony Azizi) and Kia (Hal Ozsan) needed to be shut down. Jax sent Tig back to the studio to free Kia, who'd been caged. Unfortunately, Kia didn't know that Tig had recently watched his daughter get burned alive by Pope, who'd been retaliating after Tig killed his daughter in a hit-and-run. ''I hope you watch our movies and see your daughter raped,'' Kia said. ''Maybe you'd like to see that. 'Oh, daddy. Daddy, that hurts.''' Tig grabbed him and drowned him in a tub filled with urine. Then he took a leak on him. ''Too much?'' creator Kurt Sutter asked EW in our premiere postmortem.
Reverberations: Tig put the body back in the cage and pushed it over the dock into the bay. By episode's end, Jax was cheating on a distant Tara with Colette.
*Click here to start from the beginning of SOA's death tally, here for a glimpse of season 2's carnage, here to fast track to season 3, here to remember who was lost in season 4, and here for the final tally on season 5.
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