‘Sons of Anarchy’ premiere review: The rise of Pope

Sons or Anarchy” is now officially under way, and based on what we have seen so far, the wait has very much been worth it. There were a number of important events that happened in this episode, beginning with the fact that Clay is somehow still alive and ending with one undeniable truth: Harold Perrineau is taking this show to yet another level.

We did not necessarily see a ton of Damon Pope during this episode, but what we saw was some pretty powerful stuff. This is not the sort of adversary that we have seen on the show before, as he is a gang leader powerful enough to no longer need to be on the streets. As a matter of fact, he can allow other people to do all of his dirty work for him, which set up a pretty crazy scene at the end of the hour resulting in a surprising gunshot. This is a very evil man by many moral codes, and someone who is going to be rather interesting to watch as the season progresses.

Outside of this reveal, though, what really surprised us is that this episode was actually a little bit slow-moving at first. We didn’t see too many revelations shake the foundation of the show outside of the joy of seeing Jimmy Smits tackle the part of who was in some ways a pimp, and it actually reminded us a little bit of the early part of “The Walking Dead” season 2 where we saw a few shocking moments but then a ton of talking. Of course, all of this did change with a moment that will have everyone talking for some time: Damon burning Tig’s daughter alive.

Overall, what was your take on the premiere, and do you think a Pope out for revenge is going to be the greatest villain the show has ever seen? If you want to hear Joel McHale speak out some more about his upcoming role of Warren on the show, be sure to head on over to the link here.

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