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”Out” (season 4, episode 1)
RIP: Lots of Russians
Death by: Stabbing; Bullets; Stabbing
Reason: After SAMCRO tricked Russian Viktor Putlova (Keith Szarabajka) into handing over Real IRA outcast Jimmy O’Phelan (Titus Welliver) at the end of season 3, Putlova arranged for Jax (Charlie Hunnam) to be shivved in Stockton while some club members served 14 months jail time. To make peace, Clay (Ron Perlman) brokered a distribution deal giving the Russians the lion’s share of weapons and profits while SAMCRO was inside.
Result: The season 4 premiere began with those SAMCRO members getting out — and concluded with Clay ending that arrangement. As Opie (Ryan Hurst) and Lyla (Winter Ave Zoli) danced to ”What a Wonderful World” at their wedding reception, some of SAMCRO went with Russians to see their operation and turned the weapons on them. Clay took the others to play with the gun Putlova had given Opie as a wedding present and turned that ”cop killer” on his crew. Jax stabbed Putlova in the same three places he’d been shivved, and the incarcerated Son Otto (Kurt Sutter) put a blade through the ear of the Russian inmate who’d attacked Jax. Four bodies, including that of an undercover FBI agent, were dumped at the site of Mayor Hale’s (Jeff Kober) planned luxury housing development, Charming Heights.
Reverberations: Lincoln Potter (Ray McKinnon), the assistant U.S. attorney heading a task force to bring down the Irish, the Russians, and the Sons, wondered how SAMCRO could be so bold as to take out the Russians. It was their new alliance with the Galindo Cartel.
Image Credit: FX
January 27 2015 — 4:05 PM EST
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