Let’s get this out of the way first: The final season of Sons of Anarchy has been a shitshow from the outset. The entire season has been predicated on one dumb lie that wouldn’t take that much to see through if anyone — namely Jax — thought about for five minutes. But that’s the thing with the characters this season: No one is thinking. They’re just shooting, and then trying to form the narrative around their actions.
I won’t defend the last season. In terms of preposterousness, it’s running parallel with the final season of Dexter, right down to the terrible kid actor (Abel/Harrison).
However, one intriguing mystery did surface last night, and that is the mystery of the rat. Most of us had assumed for many episodes now that Jury White — from the Indian Hills chapter of SAMCRO — had turned on Jax and ratted him out to Lin and the Chinese, which led to them killing all of the women in Diosa. But Jury gave a very, very convincing statement otherwise: Yes, he wanted Jax dead, but he is no rat.
I believed him. It’s debateable as to whether Jax believed him, or if Jax to shot and killed him because Jury pissed him off because of the statements he made about Jax being a disgrace and an embarrassment to his father, which is true. But if it wasn’t Jury, who was it? That’s a question that I actually care about more now than the end game, which will obviously pit Jax vs. Gemma, and will probably result in both of their deaths.
So who is it?
Let’s place the odds.
Chibs Telford (2/1) — In my recap over on Uproxx this morning, I posited a theory that Chibs is the rat, and the more I thought about it, the more convinced of it I was. Theories often tend to work like that, however.
Here’s the motive, though: Last season, Chibs was often at odds with Jax over Jax’s decision to get out of the gun business with the Irish, and downright enraged over the fact that Jax gave it to August Marks and the One-Niners. The IRA and the Irish were Chibs’ people (Chibs is Scottish of Irish descent and had ties to the true IRA). Chibs frequently butted heads with Jax and accused him of being no different than Clay.
Moreover, Chibs is pushing Jax to follow through on his plans to get revenge for the death of Tara by taking the fight to Marks, which is essentially suicidal. Maybe that’s what Chibs wants? Maybe he wants Jax and August Marks to nullify each other, leaving him to take over the club and take back the gun running business from the Irish, who have been mysteriously absent this season, though they are — of course — still supplying the gun.
Tig Trager (10/1) — Tig seems like a far-fetched possibility at first, because he seems so loyal to Jax, but consider the fact that Jax had basically given Tig up to Damon Pope after Tig killed Pope’s daughter. Jax did ultimately spare Tig from Pope, but later agreed to hand Tig over to Pope’s successor, August Marks. That turned out to be, however, a test of trust. But, there is still a possibility that Tig knew he was being handed over to be killed by Marks, and that he later ratted out Jax to Lin as revenge for abandoning him. In this scenario, everyone dies except Tig, who gets to ride off into the sunset with Venus.
Nero (15/1) — Nero also has plenty of motive to rat Jax out, since Jax had Juice kill Darvany, a detail that’s mostly been glossed over this season. Nero may also have reason to kill Gemma’s birds, because he could probably put enough evidence together at this point to understand that Gemma was behind the death of Tara. However, 1) the Chinese contacted Nero to let him know they were going to kill everyone in Diosa before they did so, and 2) Nero obviously wouldn’t want anyone in Diosa to die, since those were his employees.
Jury White (15/1) — It is definitely possible that Jury was lying when he told Jax that he didn’t rat him out, and Jury certainly had the motive (Jax killed his bastard son). But why have Jury sell that line, “I wanted you dead, but I’m not a rat” so convincingly if it wasn’t true?
Lyla Winston (35/1) — Honestly, I don’t know how it would work, but I kind of like the possibility that Lyla somehow figured out how to rat out SAMCRO to get revenge on Jax for letting Opie die. It seems incredibly unlikely, but if Sutter could somehow make the connections believable (he can’t), it might be a cool twist.
Happy Loman (35/1) — Why would Kurt Sutter go this long without giving Happy much of a character and decide suddenly to make him the rat? It’d be a huge surprise, but a dumb one.
Wendy Case (40/1) — Another character with potential motive — Jax has screwed her over so many times it’s ridiculous, and Wendy still keeps coming back to take care of those kids — but lacks the means. She doesn’t really have the information required to sell Jax out to Lin.
Juice Ortiz (50/1) — Juice certainly has the motive — Jax has wanted him dead since the end of last season — but he doesn’t have the means. Unless someone was feeding him information, there’s no way Juice would’ve known enough about SAMCRO’s operations to successfully rat them out.
Unser (60/1) — Unser can’t even figure out that Gemma killed Tara, and that sh*t has been staring him in the face all season long. Plus, Unser is completely incapable of keeping a secret, so he would’ve outed himself about five minutes after ratting out Jax.
Bobby (80/1) — I appreciate a long con more than anyone, and I guess Bobby could theoretically want Jax dead in order to take over as President, but ain’t nobody gonna get their eyeball yanked and their hand chopped off in service of keeping loyal to a guy he might have ratted out.
Ratboy (99/1) — Why? Unless he’s the secret half-brother of Opie or the long-lost bastard child of Clay, there’d be no motive.
Allesandro Montez and/or Rane Quinn (100/1) — Patched in members from last season, nobody ever even remembers Montez or Quinn until they show up in the background of some scene. If they were the rats, it’d be a boring non-story, which is certainly not beyond Kurt Sutter.
Abel (150/1) — Well, obviously it’s Abel. He’s a vicious murderer.