Clay then lets Piney know he doesn't really see this whole letters-hanging-over-his-head thing ending well, but says he'll call Parada and "If there's retaliation, blood's on your hands." He makes a show of leaving, but just as Piney goes to lock the door, Clay bursts back through, knocking Piney to the ground. As Piney struggles to get back up -- being knocked off your feet plus emphysema will slow you -- Clay tosses his place for the letters. As Piney gets to his feet, he says the letters aren't in the cabin. Clay realizes Tara's still got them. "How would Tara know?" Piney bluffs, but Clay says that Tara's the one who gave Piney the letters. Piney pleads, "Just leave her out of it, huh?" "Too late," Clay snarls, and blasts Piney through the chest. It's a tragic death: While Piney has been acting suicidal -- it seemed obvious he was tired of living and didn't mind using his own life as a bargaining chip to steer the club onto another track -- he died knowing that Clay was going after Tara and the club would never see those damn letters.
After making sure Piney's really dead, Clay dips his fingers in the blood, then heads over to a framed picture of the Founding Nine. He looks at it for a moment, then writes "LS" in Piney's blood. If he thinks this will fool anyone into thinking the Lobo Sonora did this... well, given SAMCRO's collective deductive faculties, it'll probably work. The episode ends with Clay walking off screen and the camera moving to Piney's hunched back. His cut is soaking through with blood; the reaper on the back now has real blood on the scythe.
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