Now that you have had over a week to watch last weeks episode, I am finally going to officially say how disappointed I was with what happened. But for those of you SOA fans without FX, I will say *SPOILER ALERT*.

In a recent interview with Entertainment weekly, SOA creator, Kurt Sutter explained why Opie died. According to  "In addition to feeling as though it was an organic conclusion to Opie’s tragic history with the club and the “circular dynamic that was happening with Jax and Opie,” Sutter knows where he wants to take Jax by the end of the series and the road he wants him to travel. “Jax, I felt, just needed that emotional upheaval, that one event that happens in a man’s life that can change the course of his destiny, and I think the death of his best friend was that event,” he said. Sutter filled actor Ryan Hurst in on Opie’s arc as the writers were breaking stories for season 5, before they’d written any scripts. Though it was difficult for all involved, Sutter says after reading scripts for the episodes that follow Opie’s death, Hurst understood the importance of it in the mythology of the show. ”[Fans] know that I don’t do things arbitrarily and that I don’t do things for just shock value. I think there’s a sense of how deeply committed I am to the show and to the fans as well. I knew obviously this would be a gut-wrenching episode and difficult for people to wrap their brains around…. It’s incredibly sad, but the death of Opie will color the rest of the episodes for the rest of the series. It’s not a death that will happen in vain. I would hope people still stay plugged in. Of course there’ll be a sense of vengeance, and there’ll be something that drives our guys to retaliate. It’s not even so much that, as it is the emotional impact that his death will have on the rest of the series, on the rest of the characters