Nero Padilla, the head of the Mexican gang, the Byz Latz, was portrayed by Jimmy Smits. He was known as a Mexican-American pimp who referred to himself as the “companionator”. He was an ally to the Sons of Anarchy, and ran a brothel and escort business named Diosa Norte.
In Season 5, episode 1, “Sovereign”, he begins bonding with Gemma Teller-Morrow (Katey Sagal), and provides sanctuary to the Sons as they’re being sought by police in the next episode, “Authority Vested”. Throughout Season 5, Nero builds a working relationship with Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), and we learn that he has a son who lives in a home for the disabled.
Nero and Gemma quickly discover a relationship with one another, and throughout the end of the series, Jax and Nero help each other with how to handle Gemma. We as fans, I think, loved having the Gemma-Nero structure in the series. I know I did.
Take a look at this gallery we’ve created to remember the character of Nero Padilla. Give us your opinions in the comments – did you love Nero too? How did you feel about the relationship between Nero and Gemma?