Episode: "SO" (Season 3, Episode 1)

Season finales are the time for gut-punching chaos, or at least that's the general rule of thumb. Son of Anarchy is nothing if not unpredictable (even when it gets silly and goes off the rails, as it will do from time to time), hence the brutal final moments of the season three premiere. The street outside the funeral home in Charming is swamped, full of the mourners come to pay respect to the fallen Half-Sack, stabbed to death by Cameron Hayes. And then the quiet reverence is busted open by a van full of gunmen. Just when you thought you'd have a moment to collect yourself, Sutter and company strikes again. —Ross Scarano