How accumulated body count has led SAMCRO to a crossroads; third in a series (NSFW)
''SO'' (season 3, episode 1)
RIP: David Hale
Death by: Hit-and-run
Reason: As season 3 began, SAMCRO had a lot on its plate: Relations with the Mayans motorcycle club were tense. VP Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) had no idea where True IRA member Cameron Hayes (Jamie McShane) had taken his kidnapped baby Abel. And the club was mourning the loss of prospect Half Sack (Johnny Lewis), whom Hayes had stabbed after overhearing ATF agent June Stahl (Ally Walker) falsely report that Jax's mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal), had killed his rat son instead of her.
Result: Outside Half Sack's wake, there was a drive-by shooting. A young boy was seriously wounded, and Charming PD's David Hale (Tayler Sheridan) returned fire and was mowed down by the fleeing vehicle.
Reverberations: The incident gave David's brother Jacob Hale (Jeff Kober) ammunition in his mission to turn the town of Charming against SAMCRO, which was supposed to keep it safe and drug-free. We'd learn the drive-by was carried out by the Calaveras MC, whose president Hector Salazar (Jose Pablo Cantillo) was tormented until he revealed the Mayans were patching the Calaveras over to help move heroin through Lodi to Stockton.
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