The new season premiered Monday night, with one particular storyline that has people saying the show has gone too far.
Details after some spoiler space, for those of you who haven’t seen the show yet.
One of the ongoing subplots of the premiere episode dealt with a blonde boy in a jacket and tie, presumably walking to school with a backpack. The boy belongs to the girlfriend of one of Nero’s men, played by Dave Navarro.
The kid walked so far and so quietly, I began to wonder if he actually existed or if he was just a symbol of youth and innocence.
And I was dead wrong on that one.
The boy is revealed to be carrying a machine gun, and opens fire in a school.
That’s certainly a direction no one expected from “Sons of Anarchy,” and some people were quick to comment on Facebook and Twitter that the show had gone too far. A few examples…
D**n love #SOA but seriously @KateySagal ur husband @sutterink went way over board with a school shooting #D**kMove
#SOA the school shooting (TV show) seems unrelated to any arc #notneeded
There are SO many other examples you could have used to get your point across. Shame on you #SOA
Not sure which p**ses me off more... That they wrote that in for ratings/publicity or propoganda #SOA
I can understand the shock, but not exactly the outrage. Sons of Anarchy has always been a dark, dark show. There were times last season when I thought if the show got any darker, I might quit watching it. The opening episode last season had four murders including Tig’s daughter burned alive while he watched, and ended with the savage beating of Unser.
A school shooting is different though, it’s disturbing on a different, more primal level. And it should be, I hope we never have to live in a world where the death of a child is no longer shocking. But Kurt Sutter isn’t going to feature a school shooting every week, and while it may have seemed a random plotline, it’s tied into SAMCRO completely. The shooter’s gun is the same kind the Sons have been selling, and that will bring up a lot of problems for the club, and questions they have to answer.
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