InsideTV Podcast: Why 'Sons of Anarchy' had to kill off [SPOILER]. Plus: 'Homeland,' 'Last Resort' and 'Survivor'

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Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter punched his viewers in the gut this week when he killed off one of the show’s most beloved characters. If you’ve been living under a rock or catching up on the show and don’t know who it was, STOP READING NOW!  Over the course of the series, Opie has had pretty much every awful thing happen to him that possibly could, so to now have him killed in the most brutal way possible — being literally beaten to death—was simply too much for many fans to bear. But as SOA expert Mandi Bierly tells us on this week’s edition of the InsideTV Podcast, Opie’s offing makes total sense in the narrative of both the character and the show.

This wasn’t a death done for mere shock value. The clues were there all along, and all that fan outrage only means one thing — that the show ultimately succeeded in making Opie’s death as painful for viewers as it was for Jax and the Sons themselves. That’s called resonating. Continue your mourning by clicking on the audio player below as we break everything down and offer up some teases as to what to expect in the episodes to come. (The Sons of Anarchy chat beings at 24:00.)

But that’s not all we’re discussing and dissecting. Jessica Shaw and I have seen the first few episodes of Homeland’s second season and offer our spoiler-free review while also wondering how long the show can afford to keep Brody’s terrorist ties a secret. Then, we take a look at ABC’s new submarine drama, Last Resort. We both loved the first episode, but have major concerns about episode 2 (which we were able to view early). We’ll break down how Last Resort veers off course, and what it needs to do to get back to the promise of the pilot. (The Last Resort discussion starts at 9:35.) Finally, we break down the new season of Survivor: Philippines. Which players are we loving and loathing so far? And just how angry can I get when Jessica appears ready to say something negative about my 1980s TV crush Lisa Whelchel? Tune in and find out! (The Survivor chat starts at 16:20.)

To join in on the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think: Are you still in mourning over Opie’s death? Psyched for Homeland’s return? And are you digging Last Resort and/or Survivor: Philippines? The message boards are open for business.

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