Stuff’s going down on Sons of Anarchy tonight. That’s the PG-13 description for tonight’s ”Burnt and Purged Away.” Opie is a big part of that and for good reason, considering what he discovered at the end of last week’s episode.
I won’t give much away about tonight’s episode, other than to say that Opie’s reaction to learning that Clay killed his father continues and the excellent momentum of the season only intensifies even more. TV Line spoke with actor Ryan Hurst about his character, who’s been through the ringer before and is roaring through it once again in the wake of his father’s sudden death. Last week, he found his father Piney’s body in the cabin and learn that it was Clay that was responsible for the shotgun blast through his father’s chest. Where does Opie go from here? It’s fair to suspect that his feelings about the club will be affected. From the start of the series, Opie was on the fence about staying with SAMCRO. Much in the way Jax is trying to put his family above the club, Opie’s been in the same position and look how things have turned out for him. His wife is dead, thanks to the club, and now his father is dead, also courtesy of SAMCRO.
One of the things Hurst talked about was Opie’s relationship with Jax and how this situation will affect it going forward.
Is it possible that Opie is being used as an alternate example of how to handle things and the kind of repercussions he’ll face for his reactions? If that’s the case, maybe this season will have Opie walking away. Maybe he’ll be the character that ultimately picks up and leaves and Jax will be the one that stays.
Hurst compares Opie to the biblical Job in discussing all of the bad things that keep happening to him, saying:
Job may have been tested repeatedly, but things worked out ok for him in the end. Hopefully Opie will get his happy ending as well.
Read Hurst’s full interview with TV Line here.
Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. Et on FX.
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