The events that occurred in this episode set up some potential major character changes. The loss of Ope was almost foretold with his behavior as of late. It seemed as though he were either going to exit the club from the loss of his father and lack of retribution towards Clay, or in as a martyr for the club in a last heroic act. With the latter choice he makes a final case to Jax solidifying his own loyalty to the club and preparing him for the tough decisions he is going to have to make that follow. I am excited to see how he will lead the club to take down Pope, with a small amount of satisfaction when the dirty prison guard is disposed of.
Gemma's decisions were somewhat predictable with regards to her grand kids. Having her attack the escort at the brothel that was with Clay seemed unnecessary, isn't she over him already? It did paint her new love interest, the pimp, as extremely patient though.
All in all it was a good episode even with the loss of a main character.