*SPOILER ALERT* This post contains MODERATE to MAJOR spoilers from Seasons 1 & 2 of Sons of Anarchy. Read at your own risk!*
If you’ll remember, Marcus Alvarez (Emilio Rivera) wasn’t always a friend to the boys of SAMCRO. In fact, he was the main antagonist for the first two seasons of Sons of Anarchy. He was also the only non-main character to appear in the pilot episode, the finale episode, as well as within all seven seasons of the show. Alvarez was one of the very few gang leaders to remain in his position for the entire series.
Alvarez was responsible for more than his fair share of bad shit happening to SAMCRO, especially early on, including:
- Breaking into the Sons of Anarchy’s weapons warehouse, stealing the guns, then burning the building to the ground.
- Offering SAMCRO foe Earnest Darby (Mitch Pileggi) Mayans Security to run his Meth operation inside Charming – knowing SAMCRO fought to keep drugs out of the city.
- Putting a hit out on (former) SAMCRO President Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) after Darby provided him with proof of SAMCRO’s ties to the True IRA. The attempt on Clay’s life was unsuccessful.
- Created a partnership with L.O.A.N. leader Ethan Zobelle – a known enemy to SAMCRO – and provided protections to him in order to prevent SAMCRO from killing him.
- Ran guns with L.O.A.N and Zobelle to try to push SAMCRO out of their own business territory.
Fatalities had occurred due to the state of unrest between SAMCRO and the Mayans MC – many of Darby’s Nords were killed after the botched attempt on Clay’s life and Alvarez’s own son was murdered by SAMCRO in exchange for that attempt on Clay. Some Mayans were also murdered, one specifically by Opie (Winston, Ryan Hurst), and also several One-Niners died.
Check out the photo gallery of Mayans MC President Marcus Alvarez below, and tell us in the comments what you remember from the Mayans and SAMCRO battles in the earlier part of Sons of Anarchy. Do you think a lot of what Alvarez did to SAMCRO was deserved? Or do you think they should have gotten along from the start?