In the “Mayans M.C.” season 3 finale, EZ’s fate is decided for him, Alvarez is forced to make a choice, the Mayan civil war explodes and a face from the past returns…
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
The civil war to crown only one king during “Mayans M.C.” season 3 was probably never going to end well.
While there were plenty of ups and downs during Bishop’s quest to wrestle complete control of the club away from his two other monarchs, the battle appeared to be winding down with only one more head left to chop before the fighting could stop.
Sadly, Bishop discovered that his brothers in the Mayans are a lot harder to kill than he first expected and that will create more than a few problems for him and the Santo Padre chapter moving forward.
Of course club business aside, there was a lot of emotional turmoil to unravel in the final episode of season 3 as EZ Reyes prepared to leave his life with the Mayans behind in order to start a new one alongside Gaby in Northern California. EZ has been torn all season long between the two lives he’s been trying to lead but he finally saw enough death and destruction to realize that Gaby might be his one shot at salvation.
Declaring his intention to leave with her doesn’t mean EZ is giving up on his obligations to the club, especially after he’s the one who put the entire plan in motion to leave the Mayans with just one king to rule them all.
Elsewhere, Miguel Galindo’s many crimes and misdemeanors finally come back to haunt him in the wake of nearly murdering his own wife Emily as well as the neglect he’s shown towards his business ever since his mother died a season ago. Of course, Miguel has been revenge minded regarding Dita’s death and that meant payback for EZ, who he believes was responsible for his mother being choked until she expired and then her body burned to ash.
Obviously, Emily has plenty of questions of her own after she wakes up from a drug-induced slumber that was supposed to be her demise. After so many warning signs about the toxic relationship she’s been sharing with Miguel for so many years, is Emily finally realizing that it’s time to get out?
There’s so much to dig into with this episode so let’s recap the “Mayans M.C.” season 3 finale titled “Chapter The Last, Nothing More to Write.”…
The Morning After
Waking up next to Gaby after proclaiming that he wanted to leave with her, EZ is feeling resolved in his decision to leave the Mayans behind and start a new life in Northern California. He sees Gaby as his one shot at salvation and this might be his only chance to escape. Before he can start this new life, EZ tells Gaby he has a few loose ends he needs to tie up for the club before he leaves them behind for good.
His brother Angel is in bed as well — with the woman who is pregnant with his child — yet he can only stare at the empty nightstand where he once left an engagement ring for Adelita, who is the person he truly loves most in the world.
Miguel Galindo wakes up after nearly murdering the mother of his child after believing she played a part in the death of his mother, Dita. Despite drugging her wine and pushing her head under the water, Miguel couldn’t bring himself to go through with it and he ultimately pulled Emily out of her watery grave.
The next morning, Emily struggles to wake up but once she rises from the bed, she notice that her nightgown was inside out and she’s sporting some fresh new cuts on her face that weren’t there when she hopped into a warm bath drawn for her by Miguel. She then reaches for her prescription pills, which aren’t in the drawer where she left them.
Emily eventually finds them in a different drawer but then discovers the bottle is half empty when it was nearly full the previous day. She then investigates her glass of wine, which reveals some white substance at the bottom and Emily begins to realize that Miguel drugged her.
Now at this point it must be noted that Miguel is just about the worst would-be assassin in history considering the sloppy trail of evidence he left behind that his wife pieced together in about three minutes. Still, Emily now knows that her husband is out for her life and while she can’t be for certain why, she knows it’s time to get out.
And finally, Marcus Alvarez prepares for his day at work — where he’s been tasked to kill EZ Reyes on Miguel Galindo’s orders. Alvarez is struggling with the task that’s been put upon him and it’s only made harder when he looks down at the Mayan ring he still wears on his finger. Alvarez eventually takes it off before heading outside where he’s greeted by Nestor and two cups of coffee.
Obviously, Miguel knows that Alvarez is still torn with his loyalties and Nestor is there to back him up to ensure EZ Reyes doesn’t leave Santo Padre alive.
Just Another Bombtrack
Bishop put a plan in motion during last week’s episode to finally kill Canche and eliminate the other king from the Mayans so he would retain full control. Of course, Bishop had no idea that Canche had formed a new partnership with Palo — the former president of the Vatos Malditos M.C. as well as El Banquero, who is the leader of the LNG, Lobos Sonora New Generation.
In order to get at Canche, EZ, Angel and Gilly send a girl into a repair shop that serves as a base of operations for the Yuma, Arizona chapter of the Mayans. When the girl leaves, she switches on a bomb planted in the trunk of the car before calling EZ to let him know that the trap is set.
EZ, Angel and Gilly are keeping a watchful eye from a nearby garage while waiting for Canche to arrive. When he finally shows up, the plan is to trigger the bomb and put an end to him once and for all.
While waiting, Gilly laments about Steve killing himself a week ago and asking EZ what he possible meant when saying that he couldn’t lock it all away. EZ exactly what that means because it’s the advice he gave Steve while he struggled with the guilt over killing a man. In response, however, EZ plays dumb like he has no idea what Steve was talking about just before he swallowed a bullet.
Before the conversation can get any more uncomfortable, Canche finally arrives, flanked by several of his Yuma charter brothers. EZ is ready to turn the building into a fireball but then Canche pulls his son out of the back of a truck, which means now a child is in harm’s way.
Angel balks at even attempting to go through with this plan because he refuses to kill a child but EZ doesn’t seem nearly as disturbed at the possibility. Finally, EZ opts to run down to the shop to see if he can get a clear view on where the kid is standing so he doesn’t get hit by the bomb blast.
When EZ gets a little too close, he spots the kid at one end of the shop while Canche is standing near the car with the bomb inside but he gets spotted. There’s no time to waste so EZ punches the green light and the bomb ignites as the entire building explodes into flames. Angel arrives just in time to pull EZ back to the getaway vehicle after he was tossed to the ground from the force of the explosion.
Back at the clubhouse, Bishop and Taza receive word that their plan was successful — the bomb took out Canche and thankfully his son wasn’t harmed. EZ and the rest of the crew are treated like conquering heroes after following through with the execution. Bishop is celebrated as the new king of the Mayans as Ibarra prepares to return home to get the Tuscon charter reinstated now that the war is seemingly over.
During a toast, EZ slips out the front door and he’s soon joined by Angel.
EZ breaks the news to his brother that he’s leaving the club and moving to Northern California with Gaby. Deep down, EZ knows that many of the troubles that have fallen on Angel and the club have been in part because of the deal he made with the government to get released from prison. But even after blackmailing his way out of living under Lincoln Potter’s thumb, EZ has gotten a little too comfortable with the heinous acts he’s been asked to carry out in the name of the Mayans Motorcycle Club.
In fact, EZ confesses that in order to ensure that Canche was dead, he probably would have detonated that bomb with the kid nearby.
That kind of darkness is really beginning to frighten EZ even if he knows the Mayans have become like family to him. It’s also going to break EZ’s heart to leave Angel behind but while his brother can look at Nails and their child as a second chance, he’s beginning to realize more and more that Gaby may be the only chance that he’ll get.
It relates back to the opening moments of the episode when we flashback to EZ’s childhood when he was looking through a book of Goya paintings with his mother and he came across “The Dog.” The famous painting depicts the head of a dog sticking out of a dark material that is enveloping the animal and the most popular interpretation is that of man’s futile struggles against malevolent forces as if the dog is treading in quicksand, constantly fighting to break free but only sinking deeper in the muck.
EZ was always connected to that painting and now he relates to it more than ever because he’s really being swallowed up by the terrible things he’s done for the club and there may be no way free of that quicksand unless he’s allowed to be rescued by Gaby.
Angel tells EZ to handle his business and he’ll inform the club about his decision so no one can attempt to guilt trip him into staying.
Meanwhile, Gilly is preparing to handle some of his own personal business when Letty arrives begging him for help. Coco’s gone missing and she believes he’s at Meth Mountain trying to convince Hope to return with him but he never actually came home again.
Letty asks Gilly to go look for him but he refuses — Coco has been kicked out of the club for being a junkie and she’s advised not to come around here any longer. Letty explodes on Gilly about his sense of brotherhood and then flips double middle fingers at anything and everything the Mayans ever stood for now that one of their own is truly in trouble and he’s being abandoned by his brothers.
As much as it pains Gilly, he knows he can’t leave Coco stranded so he decides to orchestrate a rescue mission all on his own.
It Takes a Wolf to Catch a Wolf
Back on Meth Mountain, Coco is strung up and strung out after he was forcefully injected with heroin and taken hostage by Isaac, who obviously intends on torturing him to death. Isaac dances around like a madman as he interprets the song playing on his stereo while pointing a gun at Coco just waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger.
During his wide-eyed dancing, one of Isaac’s tattoos is revealed and that might create a whole new set of problems for Coco and the club moving forward.
Isaac has the Sons of Anarchy reaper inked on his ribs.
While it seems highly unlikely that he’s a current member, it appears Isaac has some kind of ties to SOA, which could only bring further misery down upon the heads of the Mayans after what happens next.
Just when it appears Isaac is ready to follow through with his death cult chant to kill Coco, an explosion is heard outside after one of the meth trailers goes up in flames. Isaac goes to check on the mayhem and a second explosion takes out another trailer.
Inside Isaac’s home, Gilly pulls Coco down from his tree of woe and tries to get him to leave but he refuses to go without Hope. As expected, they are soon ambushed by Isaac and the rest of the Meth Mountain crew with Gilly pointing a machine gun at the whole bunch while threatening to cut them down if they don’t let him and Coco leave.
Coco still refuses to go without Hope but Isaac reminds him that this is all about free will and she can choose to leave or choose to stay. Hope embraces Coco and tells him that leaving is not an option for her any longer and she walks away from him. Gilly finally pulls Coco back as they prepare to leave.
Just when it appears that Isaac has one while preparing to introduce Hope to the flames, Coco returns and puts a bullet into his neck. Isaac falls to the ground bleeding out as Gilly rushes back into the fray with his machine gun pointed at the crowd while Butterfly tells everyone the fight is over.
Coco grabs Hope and they all leave together but it doesn’t appear this situation is finished. Revealing Isaac with that Sons of Anarchy tattoo is too big of a coincidence to ignore, which means somebody will probably come looking to avenge him sooner rather than later.
Inherit My Life
As EZ packs up his trailer in preparation to leave with Gaby, he hears a knock at the door and he finds Emily asking to speak with him. She’s terrified after discovering those pills and the scene at her home where it appeared that Miguel intended to kill her.
Just when Emily is about to spill everything to EZ, she looks around and sees the bags filled with belongings and she realizes that he’s about to leave town with Gaby. Rather than burden him with her problems, Emily does her best to wish EZ well while also remembering when they believed that they would be together forever.
Emily remembers a story that EZ read to her in high school from the novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” about a tarot card reading involving a soldier, who was supposed to have seven children and die in the arms of the woman who loved him. Sadly, the reading was wrong and the soldier died after a bullet exploded through his chest and Emily begins to wonder if perhaps her relationship with EZ had been misinterpreted all those years ago.
Maybe Emily and EZ were meant to leave together and start a family away from Santo Padre. She realizes that their time has passed and now he’s ready to begin a new life with Gaby instead. She kisses him goodbye and even when EZ notices the bruises on her neck, Emily plays it off as an accident and she’ll deal with the fallout happening in her own life rather than burdening him with her problems.
Meanwhile back at Felipe’s butcher shop, Gaby arrives to say goodbye and receive her final paycheck, Felilpe presents her with an envelope of cash along with a gift — a necklace that belonged to his wife with a medallion of her favorite saint. He’s happy that Gaby is leaving Santo Padre behind and starting a new life.
Gaby is bursting with excitement so she finally forces herself to tell Felipe the surprise that was supposed to be shared once EZ arrived.
She reveals that EZ is leaving the Mayans and traveling with her to Lodi where she will enter nursing school and they will start over fresh together. Felipe is anything but happy about this news and he sits Gaby down to beg her not to travel down this path.
Felipe explains that his entire family is broken — he’s broken and EZ is broken, too. In fact, Felipe believes that EZ has taken after his dear old dad far too much and after Marisol Reyes gave her life in order to rescue him, he refuses to have Gaby sacrifice the same thing for his son.
He begs her to go to Lodi alone and leave this toxic family behind her once and for all.
When EZ finally arrives at his father’s shop, Gaby is nowhere to be found. He asks repeatedly what she said to him but Felipe doesn’t say a word. EZ then asks his father what he said to Gaby and he begins to realize that his plan to leave Santo Padre is falling apart right before his eyes.
EZ rushes out of the shop onto his motorcycle where he plans to chase down Gaby so they can sort through this together. Little does he know that Marcus Alvarez and Nestor have been sitting outside this entire time just waiting for the right opportunity to kill him.
When EZ leaves, Alvarez starts following and Nestor believes his erratic driving is because they’ve been spotted. He tells Alvarez to drive up alongside EZ and he’ll take the shot but Alvarez stares at that Mayan patch on the back of the kutte — the symbol of the club he helped create — and he has a change of heart.
As EZ drives away, Marcus refuses to chase him any longer and Nestor puts a gun to his head for proving his disloyalty to Miguel Galindo. Marcus then fires back by saying that the Mayans ultimately mattered more to him and now Nestor has to make that same decision.
Does he want to continue to be Miguel’s errand boy or does he want to make some choices of his own for once?
Finally, EZ arrives at Gaby’s house but she’s already gone. Instead of finding the woman he loves, EZ discovers a letter left behind on the door addressed to him.
“When summer returns and the roses bloom”
EZ drops the note to the ground as he gets back on his motorcycle to ride away while Gaby cries in the car as she heads north to start nursing school but leaving everything else behind.
Chasing the Rabbit
In Mexico, Agent Anna Linares is having her lunch when she’s joined by a surprise guest — Adelita has come to avenge the death of her child.
It seems Linares was relegated to a new assignment after Potter left her out in the cold once his investigation into the Galindo cartel went bust. Now she’s been isolated and left on her own just twisting in the wind, which has now resulted in Adelita arriving to kill her.
Linares apologizes for what happened to Adelita and her baby as she confesses that none of this was what she wanted. Before Adelita can pull the trigger, she asks if Linares is a mother.
Linares reveals that she has a child at home and because of that, Adelita won’t put a bullet into her head. Instead she shows the kind of mercy that wasn’t afforded her own child. But somebody has to pay and if it’s not going to be Linares, it has to be her boss.
So Linares writes down the location where Lincoln Potter has been residing ever since she was tossed out of the Justice Department’s holding cell near the border.
As for Miguel Galindo, he’s still waiting on word about EZ Reyes’ fate but instead he receives a call about his own instead. After reading that his former lover and business partner Governor Montserrat Palmomo was assassinated, he gets a phone call from Lincoln Potter, who is currently relaxing in the sun on sabbatical.
Potter tells Galindo a dog races and how the animals are conditioned to always chase a rabbit — he’s speaking in riddles as usual but then he finally comes clean about his intentions for the call. Potter reveals that the shaved-head assassins arrested in connection with Palomo’s murder confessed that they were hired by him to kill her in a revenge plot for a deal gone wrong.
Potter knows they could be lying or perhaps working for the new Lobos Sonora cartel beginning to gain ground in Mexico but either way Galindo is out. Potter says an arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest for the murder of Governor Palomo and all of his assets and property on both sides of the border have been frozen and seized.
He then warns Miguel that Federal agents will be arriving at his door in approximately 45 minutes. When Miguel questions why he’d be giving him a warning about the authorities showing up to arrest him, Potter admits that he’s just an old dog looking for a rabbit to chase.
In other words, Potter is still useful to this investigation if Miguel Galindo is a fugitive and he can go on the hunt for him.
In a panic, Miguel begins gathering his remaining assets and calls on Emily to join him at a rendezvous spot with Cristobal so their family can escape together. He promises that everything will be sorted out once they leave and go on the run together. He tells Emily to go gather money from a safe deposit box and then meet him at the location where they will leave Santo Padre once and for all.
As Miguel waits by his helicopter, Emily is driving towards a destination but we soon discover she’s not planning on going anywhere with her wayward husband. Instead, her driver pulls up and hands Miguel a present from his wife — her wedding ring and a handful of the prescription pills. As Miguel prepares to leave all alone, he knows that his wife is aware the he tried to kill her just hours ago.
He also places a call to his trusted confidants Alvarez and Nestor, who are watching the footage of his house being raided while ignoring the phone when it rings. It seems everything Miguel Galindo did to isolate himself has finally worked — he’s on the run with no one to turn to and nowhere to go.
At the same time, Emily arrives at her sister Erin’s house and she answers the door with a shocked look on her face, especially given the way their last conversation ended. Emily tells her sister she finally needs her help.
And then there’s Lincoln Potter, who it turns out has been residing in Mexico alongside the woman and child he left behind after previously getting into a relationship with her as an active informant for an investigation he was conducting. Now it seems Potter is living with the woman and his son as one big happy family.
He’s adapting to his new role as husband and father, which includes a trip to a local market for avocados and wine. When he returns home, Potter finds that his wife and child are nowhere to be found and the meat she was cutting up for dinner is now attracting flies.
That’s when Adelita emerges from the shadows with bloodstains on her clothes and a knife covered with crimson hidden behind her back. She’s come to avenge her child’s death but Potter is only concerned about the safety of his wife and child.
Adelita promises that after what happened to her son as well as witnessing her own father being butchered that she would never do that to another child. That doesn’t explain if Adelita actually killed them or not but Potter plays his final card when he reveals that Adelita’s child never actually died.
In fact, Potter tells her rather plainly that he would never be responsible for her child’s death because it was the only leverage he had over her. Potter is too smart to sacrifice that, especially given the fact that Adelita has predictably returned seeking revenge. Adelita is stunned by this confession — assuming Potter is actually telling the truth.
Best Laid Plans
In Arizona, Ibarra lays out the plans to the other Mayan charters that the bloodshed has stopped and now Bishop is the one true king. There will be no further retribution and now everyone can just get back to business. As much as it pains Oakland president Diaz to cater to Bishop’s demands, he agrees and Ibarra is reinitiated into the Mayans M.C.
Just as Diaz is placing the kutte back onto Ibarra, Canche walks into the room very much alive. Diaz then proclaims “fuck your trespasses and fuck your king” before killing Ibarra with a single gunshot to the head.
Earlier in the day, Taza received a phone call from Laura saying that Palo had showed up at her house asking questions and she’s now hoping he can bring her a gun for protection. Taza reluctantly agrees after dragging Laura back into his problems but after he arrives to give her the weapon, she reveals that this was all a double cross set in motion by Palo.
He’s keeping her son David hostage and this was the only way she could get him back.
Palo points a gun at Taza while wearing a Mayan’s kutte with the Yuma, Arizona patch on the back. He mocks Taza for his lifestyle where he previously shared a bed with another man — and that man was Palo’s brother, who he later killed because he was gay.
Palo tells Taza that there are big plans happening to wipe Santo Padre off the map but first things first, he wants to eliminate problem that’s been tormenting him after since his brother David died. A fight ensues and a gunshot rings out but just when it looks like Palo is going to get his revenge, he’s cut down by a bullet from the gun being held by Laura.
She walks over and puts another bullet into Palo’s brain as she eliminates the threat to her son and the man who killed their brother. Taza thanks her for saving his life but she just wants him gone for good.
Taza agrees but not before taking the Mayan kutte off Palo — he refuses to led that treacherous bastard get buried with a Mayan kutte on his back.
He then rushes back to the clubhouse to warn Bishop that trouble is coming but he first has to confess his own sins to the Mayan president. Taza presents Bishop with a gun and then proceeds to tell him the true story about how he fell in love with another man and Palo discovered the relationship and then killed his own brother for being involved.
Taza even admits to killing Riz to keep his sexuality a secret from the club — and if not for Riz dying, Bishop wouldn’t have ordered the club to wipe out the Vatos Malditos and thus igniting a gigantic bloody war that led them to here. Bishop is stunned at the confession and he picks up the gun, which we assume will be how he will issue his verdict.
As the rest of the club members celebrate, EZ returns and one look tells Angel everything he needs to know about what happened. Angel embraces his brother and EZ tells him “this is who I am, this is where I belong.”
Now fully committed to the Mayans because it’s the only family that has never judged him, EZ contemplates the future while sitting outside on the steps. While EZ is thinking about what comes next, Felipe Reyes is at the border where he drops handfuls of his wife’s ashes across the border as he finally says goodbye to her and sends her home again.
At the clubhouse, EZ then hears a gunshot ring out but he can’t tell where it came from. A second later, he sees several Molotov cocktails come flying over the gate blocking off the rest of the clubhouse. He then hears a loud banging at the gate — over and over and over again as more Molotov cocktails come flying into the courtyard.
EZ then pulls his gun and points it at the doors but a quick look outside reveals that Canche has arrived with reinforcements — he’s going to pay back Bishop and the Santo Padre chapter once and for all. Canche has come for the blood of his brothers as he seeks to make Bishop the shortest reigning king in Mayan history.
This brings “Mayans M.C.” season 3 to an end — without question the strongest season to date and that only sets the stage for an even more explosive season 4 coming in 2022. Where will Miguel end up now that he’s on the run? What’s next for Emily now that she’s finally out on her own? Can EZ ever forgive his father for talking Gaby into leaving him behind? Will the Santo Padre chapter find a way to survive the onslaught from the rest of the Mayans coming for them?
All of this will be answered when “Mayans M.C.” returns for season 4 next year!