11 Sons of Anarchy Easter Eggs Hidden in Mayans MC Season 1
The first season of Mayans MC has come to an end and what a story it told. Sons of Anarchy fans hoping for a nice and easy follow up to the original series were in for a shock quickly, as they learned this particular club is riddled with fractures among its members.
Still, through new characters, a different location, and a healthy dose of references and Easter egg nods to Sons of Anarchy, Mayans MC has managed to become an exciting show to watch. One that, quite honestly, we can't wait to have return.
How closely were you paying attention to this season, though? Did you realize the show was stuffed with Sons of Anarchy references, ranging from bringing back fan-favorite characters to even small nods to former plots?
After watching this season, we've dug through so much Sons of Anarchy lore that it's as if the original show never ended. Thankfully, that's amounted to a pretty comprehensive collection of the Easter eggs dropped into Mayans MC by co-creator Kurt Sutter and his creative partners on the series. How many of these did you spot? And what did we miss? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
1. RIP SAMCRO
The references to Sons of Anarchy start from the opening seconds of Mayans MC. Signaling the end of one era and the beginning of another, EZ Reyes runs over a dead crow--the spiritual representation of Sons of Anarchy. In the original series, crows were often shown in relation to the club, including the series finale when one is shown after the death of Jax Teller.
2. Welcome Back, Gemma
Also appearing in the first episode of Mayans is the former SAMCRO queen herself, Gemma Teller. Gemma pops up in a flashback to EZ's time at Stockton State Prison, which we'll get to. She doesn't have much to say, other than calling EZ and Emily "a**holes." Then again, this is Gemma we're talking about, so it works.
3. Serving time at Stockton State Prison
Stockton State Prison may not be a place in the real world, but it has a lot of history in the Sons of Anarchy universe. Whenever a club member got locked up, this is where they landed. Most notably, it's where Otto spend his entire run on the show. Knowing that it's where EZ went after he was sentenced, putting him behind bars at a time when the majority of SAMCRO was locked up, created numerous crossover opportunities in the future.
4. It's not Mayans without Alvarez
And what would the Mayans be without El Padrino? While the Season 1 finale sets up an interesting story for Alvarez leaving the club to work for Miguel Galindo, his importance to this club cannot be understated. Having Alvarez, a regular figure on Sons of Anarchy, come to Mayans MC not only legitimized this group but the show as a whole. He's the bridge between the two series, helping fans more easily slide into this new piece of the world.
5. We missed you, Chucky
When Chucky first popped up on Mayans, something felt right about it. On Sons of Anarchy, he was the little compulsive masturbator that could and knowing he's not only survived this world but thrived in it makes us happy. Now, though, after being won by Coco in a poker game, he works for the Mayans.
6. Nothing good comes from the Galindo Cartel
The Galindo Cartel was bad news on Sons of Anarchy, beginning with their arrival in Season 4 of the original show. With Mayans, they're an even more powerful force thanks to their new leadership in Miguel Galindo.
7. Leave a message after the beep
This particular Easter egg doesn't really mean anything for the larger story of this universe, but it's a very clever wink to fans of the franchise. In the episode "Búho/Muwan," a card is seen with a phone number written in it. Had fans called the number immediately following the episode, they would have heard the voice of Gemma Teller.
"Hi, you've reached the Teller-Morrow Garage. Nobody's here to take your call--because we're all f***ing dead," she said.
8. Lincoln Potter is back to cause trouble
Where the Galindos go, so goes Lincoln Potter. Chances are this is the last Sons of Anarchy face you expected to see on Mayans MC, but his introduction on the new series has really helped to drive this first season--and whatever is to come.
9. A clever way to run guns and a nod to the past
This is another clever nod to Sons of Anarchy that doesn't necessarily mean anything larger. It was the Season 2 episode "Eureka" that saw SAMCRO hiding the guns they were running in bedrolls, making what looks like a charity run an easy opportunity to move their illegal firearms. When the Sons reemerge on Mayans, it's revealed they're still trafficking their weapons the same way.
10. The return of the crow
While the series premiere of Mayans MC showed a dead crow being eaten by a dog, the Season 1 finale turns the tables. Now the dog is dead, being eaten by crows. This makes it clear that something big is coming and SAMCRO is going to be involved.
11. What did you do, Happy
Of all of the people it could have been, Happy was the killer? When SAMCRO member Happy arrived in the Mayans MC Season 1 finale, it was exciting to see. Now, though, knowing he's the man who killed EZ's mom, it sets up a heartbreaking Season 2. What's more, it could very well end up putting SAMCRO and the Mayans at odds with each other, leading to even more Easter eggs when the show returns.