Originally Posted by Raised On Riots
Thing is, the IRA is the one aspect/faction of that show that is somewhat difficult to get real read on due to it's international scope. SOA Belfast can't pull a full-on Corleone against the IRA; there is just NO ****ing way.
But they could, over time, infiltrate and assume gradual power as Jax and Opie work their thing stateside. This is just guessing of course, but I can forsee Chibs taking back what was his, and heading back home to his family while overseeing SAMCRO's stateside interests.
The other factions are your basic, California gang fodder. I applaud the writers and producers for not going half-assed and just throwing the Russian mob/gun suppliers directly in to the mix because that's not a hard one to figure out.
And with the success of the show, I think SAMCRO's battles will have to be fought one at a time and methodically. This was hinted at, more or less, when Jax proclaimed that it was time to get smart and start working the angles.
The Belfast guys would only have to lay hands on Chibs family, nothing seems to imply they mean anything but to Jimmy O. Could easily explained away any problems as "a personal fight between Chibs and Jimmy O". The Real IRA seems to need the SoA enough to let them look past anything about securing Fiona and daughter. The big question would be what Jimmy means to them and if SAMCRO lets the ATF do their thing I could see problems. Also the father/son duo would be on their list if it got back they were singing.
The only issue with slowly working the angles is that there is only 2 episodes left. I have to figure the LOAN situation will be resolved by the closing credits of the season. It could be that the next one sets Zobell and Weston against each other and the finale has SAMCRO delivering the coupe de grace. I'm not sure I've ever anticipated an episode or two more than these next. Defiantly didn't see all the stuff coming up/together in the last one.
In there too is the Luann/Big Otto situation and when does Tom Arnorld get his. Or, maybe, Tom's character had nothing to do with Luann. This could easily be saved till next season though.