SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about the season 2 finale of Mayans M.C. In the season two finale of Mayans M.C.,fans were treated to some gasp-worthy — yet semi-satisfying — answers to questions that were presented throughout the season, but at the same time, more were introduced to make us furrow our brow and ask, “What the hell is going on now?” Even so, this is the kind of world that co-creator Kurt Sutter established with Mayans M.C.'s parent show Sons of Anarchyso it is expected that there would be a lot of poetic parallels between the two — specifically with the protagonists EZ Reyes and Jax Teller.
Written by Sutter and directed by Elgin James, the season two finale is titled “Hunahpu” which is one of two Maya Hero Twins in mythology. The other twin, “Xbalanqu” is the title of the first episode of the season, so there is poetry to using the two names as bookends to the sophomore season, which echo the brotherhood between EZ JD Pardo and Angel Clayton Cardenas.
The episode picks after the explosive penultimate episode where the Vatos Malditos made a surprise attack on the Mayans pretty much devasted their confidence and, at the same time, fueled their need for vengeance. However, former VM member Taza Raoul Max Trujillo made everyone clench their pearls when he killed Riz Antonio Jaramillo and the finale leaves his motivation behind this ambiguous so if you are looking for a clear answer, you won't find it here.
As we enter the finale, the brothers Reyes are still trying to navigate their complicated familial journey and the death of their mother with their father Felipe Edward James Olmos. They also find out that Riz has died. There's a lot to unpack there, but it is all interrupted when we cut to Adelita Carla Baratta giving birth while handcuffed to hospital bed.
The Mayans are tending to their broken spirit and mourning the death of Riz while Bishop Michael Irby trying to figure out their next move. At the same time, EZ anticipates the vote to determine whether he will become a full-patch member of the crew.
During a meeting, Bishop is convinced to set a meeting with Palo Gregory Cruz to set everything right with their deal with the VM. Turns out Palo will be at his grandmother's house and Bishop decides he will meet with him then — but doesn't want the other members to know.
Because of their low-key undying love for each other that borders co-dependency, EZ meets up with Emily Sarah Bolger who has some information she got from Miguel Danny Pino to take Potter Ray McKinnon down as he has been blackmailing his family. Apparently, Potter was involved with a witness AND had a kid with her. Emily says this is enough to “declaw him” and EZ promises her if they use this information against Potter to free their father, nothing will happen to Miguel. However, if they use it to free Felipe, Galindo won't be able to use the information for Adelita, who, as we saw, just gave birth to Angel's child.Angel decides to use it to free their father.
Meanwhile, Felipe has a little talk with Dita Ada Maris about how she ordered a hit on him and Isabel. It seems that the fire has given Dita a new look on life. She says that after Isabel's death “remorse consumed her” and she tried to bury it but couldn't. She admits to Felipe that she must die — not by fire, but by the hands of him. It's not every day your wife's killer asks you to kill her so this was a very intense — and a tad bit awkward — moment.
Cut to EZ and Angel who have a brotherly moment before meeting with a very cocky Potter who is immediately taken down a couple of notches when they show him the incriminating pictures of the witness he had a child with. EZ demands that they won't ruin his career with these photos if he throws out anything and everything about Ignacio Cortinaand make Felipe and Marisol U.S. citizens — all within 24 hours. He agrees...but this is Potter. He's shady and he's not going to go down like that.
As things start to gel together for this last episode, Bishop settles on a deal with Palo. He says, “He plays it the way he had to.” Later on, he reveals to the club that he met with him and they don't like the news — but like he says, he has a reason.
Elsewhere, Felipe lets EZ and Angel know that Dita confessed and wants to be killed by him. “She's f***in' crazy!” Angel responds. Felipe reveals that he is going to “deal with the sins of the past” and “do what he needs to do” no matter how much EZ and Angel disagree.
In one scene between Miguel and Dita, there is a father-son moment that is basically her saying “goodbye”. It seems like there is a part of him that knows this might be the last time he sees her while she remains confident that the end is near. Cut to: Dita being driven to the pharmacy as she makes her driver and what seems to be her bodyguard and/or caretaker go inside to fetch her prescriptions. With both of them gone, she takes the car on a joyride to the middle of nowhere.
It's at this moment where everything starts to unravel. Felipe meets Dita as she has a tank full of gas. But remember when she said that Felipe has to kill her? Now she is open to any Reyes many killing her because she needs to “right a wrong.” She has everything planned to a tee and says that it will look like a suicide. Felipe tells her that he will kill her, but she responds “Ignacio could, Felipe cannot.”
EZ steps up to the plate to execute her as Angel takes Felipe away. And in an intense, difficult to watch Shakespearian “mother for a mother” moment, EZ strangles her after she says a prayer. They set her body on fire in effigy and it is this moment where it seems there is a shift in EZ. He is moving more towards a darker side — much like Jax in Sons of Anarchy.
Soon after, EZ finally receives his full patch and is now a member of the M.C. after the club teases that he might not be. Bishop tells him to sew the patch on because they have party to go to. Of course, he's referring to Palo's grandmother's party.
In the last 10 minutes, things go off the rails. Miguel and Emily find a note from Dita. They reach the location of her death and find her body. We then see Felipe at home as he gets a delivery of papers that show he and Marisol are U.S. citizens.
The Mayans reach the birthday party they were talking about and they shoot up the place, killing everyone inside. They are on the hunt for Palo, but he is nowhere to be found — he has escaped without them knowing. While they search around the area for Palo, Angel gets a text from Potter of his child and then a call. Potter dangles his child in front of him saying, “We share a common bond now. We both know the unbearable loneliness of losing the woman we love and we both feel the primal familial pain every timewe realize that our sons will never know who we are.” This is certainly a gut punch for Angel.
And just when we thought we couldn't fit another twist into the mix, the final seconds of the series has the crew standing over a body whose face we can't see. While shooting up the house, they managed to kill everybody there including a member of — wait for it — SAMCRO. We don't see his face, but based on EZ and the crew's reactionary “f*ck me” to this guy's death, it seems like they may have opened a new can of worms that will spill into a Sutter-less season three.
The news of, and backlash from, series co-creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter’s firing may be in the recent past, but it seems Mayans M.C. still has a bright future at FX. At least, that’s what the network suggested on Monday when it announced it had renewed the Sons of Anarchy spinoff for a third season.
In a press release, FX Entertainment’s president of original programming, Nick Grad, revealed Mayans M.C. would return for a new season in the fall of 2020. What’s more, he added, series co-creator and executive producer Elgin James - who brought the series to life with Sutter and was previously hand-picked by him to take his place, eventually - would fully take on showrunner duties in season three.
“We’re happy to continue telling the story of Mayans M.C. with our partners at Fox 21 and excited that Elgin James has earned the opportunity to become the series’ showrunner,” Grad explained. “Kurt Sutter identified and chose Elgin as his partner on the show from the outset and Elgin has been instrumental to the success of the series, leveraging his experience and creative vision to make Mayans M.C. with this incredible cast, crew and creative team.”
Despite the apparent animosity that had developed between Sutter and the higher-ups at FX, especially albeit possibly their overseers at the company’s new owners at Disney, both Grad and Fox 21 president Bret Salke had nothing but good things to say about the ex-showrunner and his creations.
“Keeping this vibrant series strong is a huge priority to everyone at Fox 21 Television Studios, FX Productions and of course FX, which has been a spectacular home and platform for both Mayans M.C. and Sons before it,” Salke commented in the release.
Welcome to our weekly breakdown of the minutia of Kurt Sutter and Elgin James' Sons of Anarchy spin-off, Mayans M.C.. While Kimberly Ricci provides her always excellent coverage of the series here's her write-up of the the latest episode, here we're going to endeavor to look deeper into the episode and excavate some of the details viewers may have missed, callbacks to Sons of Anarchy, and posit questions explore theories about the direction the series.
1. The title of this week's episode, Itzam-Ye, refers to the upper god and creator deity thought to reside in the sky, according to Mayan mythology. I am pretty much of the mind at this point that Kurt Sutter just randomly chose Mayan deities and randomly assigned them to episodes. I don't think I've seen anything in any episode that definitively links the substance of the episode to the title.
2. Let's start at the end with the big “revelation,” which wasn't really a revelation to viewers who have been watching all season and probably shouldn't have been to Felipe, EZ, and Angel. EZ — who didn't know what Dita looked like — had a flashback using that super memory of his to a time years ago at the fair with his parents, when he remembered seeing Dita spying on his mom and dad. From that memory, EZ extrapolated that it was Dita who put the hit out on his mom.
It's the correct assumption, but EZ, Felipe, and Angel probably could have come to that conclusion much earlier based on the evidence in right front of them, namely that Dita signed the checks for the hitman, Happy. Jose Galindo, of course, would have had a motive if he'd found out that Dita was having an affair with Felipe, but I don't understand why anyone thought Miguel could have been behind the murder. He didn't really have a motive, and if he had been behind the hit, he probably wouldn't have been as clueless about what Emily and Dita were up to with EZ. He'd have pieced it all together.
3. Dita, I think, knows that they were about to figure out that she was behind the hit. She probably understood that when she brought Emily together with EZ that she was basically signing her own death warrant. I think that's what she wanted. She wants to pay for that sin, and she feels that that's why she didn't die in the fire.
4. The knowledge that Dita put the hit out also sort of gives the leverage that Emily has over Potter an interesting dynamic. She offers it to EZ in exchange for not killing her husband. However, EZ knows that Miguel didn't put out the hit. So, does he still take the intel to save Felipe? Probably. What Emily doesn't know, however, is that she won't get anything in exchange for it except a dead mother in law. Given their strained relationship, Emily might see that as a fair trade.
5. Meanwhile, the Potter/Adelita storyline sort of fell off the page these last few episodes. They put that storyline on ice and, in the meantime, it's lost its immediate relevance. Adelita is still pregnant with EZ's baby and is being held hostage by Potter, which Angel has barely mentioned. Now that Miguel is turning his interest back to Emily and his stateside activities, he seems less engaged in the Adelita storyline, as well.
6. The VM storyline, meanwhile, was great, because it felt like old-school Sons of Anarchy. After Coco and Riz were shot, the Mayans had a big decision to make: Retaliation? Or stand down and make millions of dollars running guns for the Irish? SAMCRO cleared the way for the Mayans to retaliate, but in doing so, they'd lose the gun deal, so Bishop made the tough decision to stand down for the greater financial good of the club.
That changed when Taza cut off the air supply to Riz while he was in a coma, recuperating in the hospital his prognosis was apparently “good.” With his death, Bishop changed his mind and decided to go to war.
7. Taza knew that's how it would go down, which is why he murdered his friend. It was a very Clay Morrow thing to do, except that Clay probably would have killed Riz to keep the Irish deal. Taza killed one of their own in order to provoke a war. There are two interesting wrinkles here, however. First off, during the vote, Taza actually voted to stand down. Why? If he'd wanted a war, he could've voted for it and got it over Bishop's objections. Second, Taza is former VM. This obviously has to be significant. Did Taza murder Riz because of some sort of residual allegiance to VM?
8. We can make a few assumptions about the season finale based on the promo. The Mayans go to war with Vantos. Potter is furious after EZ gives him the leverage. EZ keeps Miguel out of the Dita drama. Someone is buried probably Dita, Adelita has her baby, and Felipe gets angry with his sons. Should be a great end to the season.
9. Hopefully, it is not the end of the series. FX hasn't renewed it for season three yet, although ratings are good for the series it's the third highest rated show on basic cable right now behind The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. The firing of Kurt Sutter and the fallout from that, however, might throw a wrinkle into season 3 plans.
Welcome to our weekly chronicling of Mayans M.C. episodic moments that live up to the mindset of the series' former co-showrunner, Kurt Sutter, whose Sons of Anarchy included some depraved gems over the course of seven seasons. As of this month, Elgin James has now fully grasped the showrunning reins after FX fired Sutter, so we'll have to see how that plays out. Be on the lookout later this week for Dustin Rowles to deftly read too much into this episode while diving deep into callbacks and theories about where this club goes from here, particularly with this season's episodes being named after prominent folklore figures from the Mayan culture.
This season's penultimate episode of Mayans M.C. written by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James cleaned up some of last week's chaos and kicked up plenty of new flotsam. The episode's title, “Itzam-Ye,” refers to a bird-god who helps maintain order in a world full of chaos, so the fancy label actually makes sense this week, proving that whole adage that a broken clock is still correct a few times a day. With that said, the fallout here is still moderately gut-wrenching, so that therapy session that J.D. Pardo gave us might still be valuable as we ride toward the season finale.
Obviously, the first point of business here is checking in on the Mayan casualties thereby checking for fake-out potential, always a risk when things suddenly hit the fan, even in a biker drama after the Vatos Malditos ambush. Well, Coco's definitely been blinded in one eye, although doctors think there's a chance that he'll eventually recover. At no point does anyone even slightly question whether his sniper capabilities will be affected, and there's every possibility that he'll be as deadly as ever. However, Loco Coco is mad as hell over the prospect of never riding again. Whatever happens, he's gonna look extra fearsome once he gets a stylish eye patch.
As for Riz, he sure as hell appeared to be dead after taking several gunshots to the chest, but he's hanging on with a breathing tube when we first catch up with him. Everyone's convinced that he's gonna pull through seriously, because his hair still looks lovely, and maybe he would have? Yet Che “Taza” Romero does a little something about that during our closing moments. It's a very strategic code-blue.
That's pretty cold-blooded stuff, even with Taza whispering that he loves Riz like a brother before killing him. Well, Riz flatlines and definitely dies we see the body bag, though I'd love to see Zombie Riz, whose hair would be even better. Aaand we've got a silent form of mutiny coming from the VP of the Santo Padre charter. So much for Bishop's hope for peace, right? Sure enough, Bishop gets word that Riz didn't make it and immediately declares war against Vatos Malditos. In other words, the season finale will be bloody, all of which will carry far-reaching implications now that the Santo Padre charter is the centerpiece of the Mayans universe.
I don't know if this war business guarantees that more Sons will show up next week, but we could use another round of Chibs once again, ranting about comparative Scottish sensibility and a bonus Tig for good measure.
Next up? EZ's photographic memory conveniently kicked in to prove my suspicions correct: Dita is not only a loose cannon, but she's a murderous, vengeful, and vindictive one, and she shall kill again! Yes, that statement's a dramatic one, but so is Dita. She hired the hit on EZ and Angel's parents, man. I knew it.
So, Miguel's off the hook, but Emily's all freaking riled up about EZ's accusations against her husband. That was a nice little aside with Emily insisting that Miguel wasn't capable of killing anyone and adding, “On this side of the border.” Also, Felipe is completely miserable now that he's realized how his affair with Dita left his family in shambles, and he's probably also exhausted after dropping another dump truck full of exposition. I mean, seriously, he's held everything inside him for seasons, only to catch verbal diarrhea lately. Suddenly, everyone who matters to him has the backstory — before he was the only butcher in Santo Padre, he was a federale and also working for the Galindo cartel, and “that's where shit got complicated.” Indeed.
Now that the mystery of who ordered the Reyes hit has been solved, can we see Felipe gain revenge on Dita and then maybe go enjoy a nice Caribbean vacation? That won't happen, but I'd love it, and god only knows that Edward James Olmos deserves a damn break from monologuing.
This week's long-winded Felipe speech did get us one step closer to an EZ-checkmate on Potter, though. Emily's promising some intel, which she only received because Miguel realized super, super late that he's close to torching his marriage because Emily's taken to drinking wine by the pool instead of sleeping next to her husband. “I fucked us up, hermano,” Miguel confided to a few dudes on his payroll. Yep, he's got that right. Emily was in no mood to deal with his sudden attack of truth-telling.
Miguel's convinced that all the women in his family are losing it. Pal, you've got no idea.
To sum up, the Mayans are going to war. Dita's secretly been at war with the Reyes family for nearly a decade. And it wouldn't surprise me if she ended up holding people at gunpoint next week and rambling about how much she loves fires before Coco has to figure out how to shoot from afar while relying upon one eye. I mean, that's the best-case scenario, right? And then Miguel can wax rhapsodic again to fill the monologue gap before Emily steps in to slap someone again, and Marcus gives EZ another lecture about what he does to liars, just so we can give EZ yet another thing to worry about. Bring on the soap opera theatrics, I say! See you next week.
'Mayans M.C.' airs Tuesday nights at 10 pm EST on FX.
Less than two weeks ago, Mayans M.C. fans were stunned to learn that co-creator Kurt Sutter - who was already in the process of stepping down as co-showrunner - had been fired from the series and the FX network altogether. Not too long after, the Sons of Anarchy alum teasingly admitted he had “ruffled a few mouse ears,” suggesting that something he said or did wasn’t too well-received by FX’s new owners, the Walt Disney Company. Now, according to a new interview with Deadline, it seems like that’s exactly what happened.
Sutter stresses that he, and no one else, had “created the circumstances that led to my being forced out” at FX. What’s more, the ex-showrunner explains he had “overestimated my value and underestimated the unf*ckability of the mouse” - in other words, the higher-ups at Disney. But how, precisely, did he accomplish this? By tossing in several incredibly dark jokes about Disneyland and Walt Disney himself into the Mayans M.C. second season premiere’s original script:
“It all started with a joke. And not a very good one. There was a line in the Season 2 premiere. EZ [JD Pardo] and Coco [Richard Cabral] were getting off the bus at the school where the drugs were being processed. There was supposed to be a really gnarly playground out front. Filled with debris, dangerous looking swings, sharp objects, rusty jungle gym, etc. As they exited, Coco sees EZ’s distracted and says: Lighten up Boy Scout, and gesturing to the playground, says, We’re going to Disneyland. EZ replies: Yeah? Guess this is where Walt buried all the Jews he had killed. Coco comments: That’s dark man… And exits.”
“I knew it would ring some bells,” Sutter adds. “Whether real or imagined, I was already experiencing the tightening of the noose” by way of several “production issues.” So, when the inevitable notes regarding the Disney jokes came from above, he agreed to change them - though not entirely. “I agreed and changed it to… We’re going to Disneyland. And now EZ says, Yeah… if Mickey and Pluto were pedophiles.”
Sutter imagined these changes as a “f*ck you” to his Disney bosses, and they seemingly agreed, because his direct overseers were evidently getting all kinds of pushback. “When I got the call from Dana [Walden], she just seemed so tired and burned out. I felt badly,” he says. “In hindsight, I realize that dialog grenade was the beginning of my exit.” These jokes were ultimately cut from the Mayans M.C. second season premiere, but the damage was done.
Over a week after being fired from his FX drama series “Mayans M.C.,” creator Kurt Sutter has given a wide-ranging interview with Deadline in which he traces the root of his firing to a controversial joke he wrote into the “Mayans MC” second season premiere. The joke targeted Disney, which Sutter alleges began meddling with his show’s production following the Disney-Fox merger earlier this year. According to Sutter, “Bottom line, I created the circumstances that led to my being forced out. I overestimated my value and underestimated the unfuckability of [Disney].”
“Here's what I did wrong on the studio network side, the reason why I had to go away. It all started with a joke. And not a very good one,” Sutter said. “There was a line in the Season 2 premiere. EZ JD Pardo and Coco Richard Cabral were getting off the bus at the school where the drugs were being processed. There was supposed to be a really gnarly playground out front. Filled with debris, dangerous looking swings, sharp objects, rusty jungle gym, etc. As they exited, Coco sees EZ's distracted and says: ‘Lighten up Boy Scout,’ and gesturing to the playground, says, ‘We're going to Disneyland.’ EZ replies: ‘Yeah? Guess this is where Walt buried all the Jews he had killed.’ Coco comments: ‘That's dark man.’ And exits.”
Sutter said he knew the Disney joke would “ring some bells,” but he wanted to make it because he was “already experiencing the tightening of the noose” that came with Disney now owning the show’s parent company Fox. Sutter claims the merger was “manifesting in production issues, creating more hurdles, etc.”
“When dealing with new restrictions often implemented by a change in personnel, it's best to respond by lobbing a grenade,” Sutter said of the Disney-Fox merger. “Yes, it stuns people, challenges their authority, often involves a call from a lawyer. But the result is usually a slowing down of the restrictive thrust. Breathing room. It forces people to really think about the demand they are making and why they are making it. Is it really necessary? It at least stops the most inane notes from reaching my desk.”
The studio reached out to Sutter demanding he remove the Disney-Jew joke from the script. Sutter agreed, but he didn’t scrap the bit entirely. The writer swapped one critical Disney joke for another, adding a new line in which EZ says, “Yeah...if Mickey and Pluto were pedophiles.” Sutter called the change a “fuck you” to Disney and maintained that he wanted to have an anti-Disney joke in the script because of the “red flags on the production end” that developed after the Disney-Fox merger. Sutter alleges Disney pushback continued throughout the season.
“Although dealing with most of the same personnel from Season 1, there was a new layer of...anxiety I guess,” Sutter said. “Executives second guessing story in a way they didn't on Season 1 and ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ Whether the ened creative scrutiny was real, or me projecting my own fear — probably a mix of both — my patience grew thinner and thinner. And by the end of the season, I went rogue. Turning in scripts too late to allow notes to be addressed.”
Sutter says it was his retaliation against Disney’s alleged production interference that led him to getting fired. IndieWire has reached out to FX for further comment. “Mayans M.C.” is currently airing its second season on FX, and the show wraps its current run November 5.