Tonight's premiere of Sons of Anarchy season 5 drives home one message: Jax Teller is tearing SAMCRO apart. The episode's title, "Sovereign," feels like a sick joke, as the club is now anything but independent. Even before taking up the president's gavel, Jax's good intentions lead to the club being controlled by the CIA, drugs and, most of all, ghosts from their past.
Right away this episode draws parallels between Jax and his father. John Teller's writings sparked the Sons' downfall, and now it's his son's turn to leave a trail of letters. In them, Jax describes the euphoria of losing yourself barreling down the road at dangerous speeds, only knowing what's right in front of you.