Legends of Tomorrow finally plays to its strengths in a high-stakes episode with a darker tone.
“Red Rose” is a powerfully emotional episode built on the backs of three central deaths, most of which could be expected to occur before Sons of Anarchy takes its final bow but weren’t assured to happen in tonight’s episode until the last twenty minutes or so. With so many central characters reminiscing about mistakes made and their pasts there are more than enough people to choose from when guessing who says their final goodbyes, making the actual moments that much more powerful when they arrive. That doesn’t mean each passing comes as a surprise though. A building mix of tension, regret, and resigned acceptance is present in all three instances which lends a gravity and legitimacy to these killings that has not been present for this entire season if not before that. Stop reading now if you have not yet watched the episode.