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“I am a wolf, a wild cur, cut from the pack, with blood on my fur, every howl marks the debt, ‘cause a beaten wolf, never forgets”

“Being a prospect is about destroying the ego. Learning to exist for the greater good of the group. There’s freedom in that. Giving up your own wants and desires for the benefit of something greater than yourself.”
Ezekiel 'EZ' Reyes

Mayans M.C. is a television drama series from the FX network; it's a spin-off from Sons of Anarchy, taking place two years after the events of the finale. Created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, Mayans M.C. revolves around the titular Mayans Motorcycle Club, the "frenemies" of the Sons of Anarchy. It tells the story of Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes, a prospect in the Mayans charter on a California/Mexico border town. EZ is the gifted son of a proud Latino family, whose American dream was snuffed out by cartel violence. Now, his need for vengeance drives him toward a life he never intended and can never escape.

It stars J. D. Pardo, Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby, Carla Baratta, Richard Cabral, Raoul Trujillo, Antonio Jaramillo, Danny Pino and Edward James Olmos.

The show provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Many of the members of the M.C. are genial but ruthless.
  • All for Nothing: Despite everything Jax Teller sacrificed, SAMCRO remains the gun running business. By the end of the series the peace and friendship between the Mayans and the Sons of Anarchy is once again shattered.
  • Anti-Climax: The final fight against Isaac and the Sons of Anarchy...isn't. The Mayans effortlessly storm a SAMCRO bar armed with bats and slaughter many of the Sons in a one-sided fight. Shortly after, EZ beats the snot out of Isaac in an equally one-sided fight before shooting him in the forehead. The whole confrontation lasts less than five minutes.
  • Anyone Can Die: Just like in Sons of Anarchy. So far, Kevin Jimenez, Devante Cano, Riz, Ramos, Montez, Dita Galindo, Steve, Ibarra, Anna Linares, Coco, Gaby, Canche, Erin, Jay-Jay, El Banquero, Manny, Happy Lowman, Sirena, Luisa, Jess, and Creeper have bit the dust. By the end of the series Diaz, Hope, Felipe, Isaac, Downer, Miguel Galindo, Sofia and EZ himself join the list as well.
  • Asshole Victim: In "Serpiente/Chikchan" the rebels punish Father Rodrigo for his betrayal of Adelita's father by staging his suicide via hanging and loading child porn onto his computer. He's told about the latter too, just so he knows how he'll be remembered.
  • Batman Gambit: Adelita confirms Andres is the mole in their camp when she leaves out coordinates that are secretly relayed to Galindo; Adelita shows the traitor exactly where the coordinates lead to, an empty warehouse. Once his betrayal is revealed, he is swiftly killed.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The Season 4 premiere “Cleansing of the Temple”. Santo Padre’s power play to make themselves the dominant charter goes horribly wrong, and this triggers a Mayan civil war. Marcus Alvarez shows up and ends it before any of Santo Padre bites the dust.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: the "Swole Boys" M.C. try to look and act tough but are really a bunch of gym buddies who seem to think throwing on a patch and riding a bike was cool, when they pick a fight with the Mayans it gets answered quickly when the Mayans and Sons show up at their clubhouse (Gym) armed to show them why you don't mess with outlaw M.C.'s.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Very bitter, but a couple characters do get a decent ending. EZ's treachery is exposed, culminating in the Mayans stabbing him to death. Angel, although traumatized for killing his brother, is allowed to go free with Maverick. Shortly after, armed police units storm the clubhouse, presumably arresting or killing everyone inside. Sofia is murdered by Bottles right after discovering she's pregnant. Miguel is murdered by Emily before he can grant himself full immunity. Letty chooses not to seek vengeance against the Mayans and seeks refuge with the Broken Saints. And Alvarez finally gives up his life with the MC, choosing instead to be with his wife as she gives birth to their new baby boy.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: At the end of the series finale, the Mayans' clubhouse is raided by ATF officers. Several gunshots go off, but we have no idea who (if anybody) dies before being aprehended.
  • Book Ends: Each episode in season one starts and ends with the appearance of the animal named in the episode's title.
  • The Cameo: Gemma Teller turns up in the first episode in one of EZ's flashbacks. In the penultimate episode Wendy Case appears and gives EZ a ride.
  • Child Soldiers: Several of Los Olvidados, all orphaned by the cartel. The cartel starts recruiting their own in episode 3.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: A favorite tactic of the Galindo cartel.
  • Confess to a Lesser Crime: When Angel realizes that Bishop suspects him to be a mole for the rebels, he goes to Bishop and confesses that he has been keeping a secret from the club on a different matter. He explains his actions as trying to not betray a friend which the other Mayans can relate to.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: EZ Reyes is this to Jax Teller. Jax was the son of the Sons' founder and an experienced, vital member of the Sons when the series began. He was also completely devoted to the club, despite being an internal reformist. EZ, on the other hand, is a prospect just on the verge of moving up to full membership.
  • The Coup: In season 3, the relations between the Santo Padre chapter and the other Mayans chapters reach a new low and Bishop refuses to obey orders from the other two Kings. The Arizona chapters are caught in the middle and fear for their survival without the heroin brought in by Santo Padre. EZ proposes that Santo Padre and the Arizona chapters ally and cut ties with the other chapters unless they also disown the Kings. The ultimate goal is to dethrone the Kings and have Santo Padre take over full leadership of the Mayans organization.
    • Later in the series EZ invokes a founding rule of the MC to dethrone Alvarez, the founder of the Mayans himself, in order to wage full war on the Sons of Anarchy
    • And in the final episode, after "Kady" reveals EZ's deal with the DEA to Bishop, the latter carries out another coup against EZ with the aid of Hank, Gilly, Guero and Nestor.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Mayans find out that the Vatos Malditos M.C. are operating a human trafficking ring in their territory. The Mayans shut it down by killing every VM member north of Mexico, which might seem justified except that Bishop questioned why they should get involved at all until he found out the traffickers were another M.C. who failed to make a phone call letting the Mayans know they were going to be operating in their territory as a courtesy. While the Mayans hate trafficking they don't have a hard rule against it like the Sons do about drug dealing in Charming. Conversely, Coco may have told Bishop offscreen about Leticia's arm being sprained by one of the two VM she met. Coco was too low-ranking to be in the room, but Bishop would have been motivated on his behalf.
  • Dying Town: Santo Padre is a pretty poor town to begin with but it survives due to being close to a border crossing. When the border crossing is closed in season 3 due to Potter's machinations, the town quickly goes bankrupt and can't afford basic services like trash collection. The increased law enforcement presence means that even illegal businesses start to lose money.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Most of the characters end up dead, arrested, or traumatized by the series finale, but Emily Thomas is the one character who makes it through mostly unscathed. She ends up murdering Miguel before he can grant himself immunity, and later kills Luis, framing him to make it seem like a murder-suicide. Because there's no security footage of her, it's likely Emily won't be charged with anything, meaning she and Cristobal can live their lives free of Miguel.
    • Angel is forced to take part in EZ's execution as a test of loyalty to the Mayans but is allowed to leave the club in order to raise Maverick away from the violence and criminal activities rooted in MC culture and give him a chance of a peaceful life.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Mayans make their money mostly from drug trafficking and their connection to a violent drug cartel, however they find human trafficking to be reprehensible and those that participate in the trade to be "scumbags" and they do try and control the violence and H-trade.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Needing to show progress against the rebels, the Mayans point a group of mercenaries at a vicious gang of human traffickers and claim that they are actually a rebel cell. While backing up the mercenaries, the Mayans make sure that none of the Olvidados are taken alive and then plant evidence like propaganda pamphlets and cell phones used to call rebel leaders.
  • Generic Ethnic Crime Gang:
    • A Samoan crew appears as minor antagonists.
    • The Mayans themselves could be seen as this; while lots of outlaw M.C.s have Hispanic members, very few are all Hispanic, and most pop culture portrays outlaw M.C.s as all white — the Mayans, however, are an almost exclusively Hispanic motorcycle club.
  • Karma Houdini: After committing a number of crimes in the name of the United States Government, Lincoln Potter gets away with arranging the murder of Kevin Jimenez and keeping both the Galindo and, later, the Lobos New Generation Cartels in business. Other than Emily and Angel, he's the only main character alive and free by the end of the series, and the only one that keeps his job and status.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is named after an animal, who appears throughout the episode.
  • Latino Is Brown: Thankfully averted. While most of the Mayans depicted are the typical brown Latino depicted in most USA media, there are Mayans of Caucasian-Latin complexion, like Luisa, Angel, Ibarra (who is blue-eyed even) and Guero.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the series finale, Isaac begs EZ not to kill him just yet, saying that "this can't be it." and "there has to be more." This eerily mirrors how both the viewers as well as the writers felt going into the final episode, especially given that many plot threads were forced to be resolved quickly, anticlimactically, or not at all. The way EZ blows Isaac's brains out in the middle of him saying "I'm not ready for this to be over" could not further prove the point that the writers wanted to make the show longer, but couldn't.
  • Loophole Abuse: In "Kukulkan" two Mayans are harrassing EZ because they were friends/the cousin of a Mayan that EZ revealed to be stealing from the club which got him killed. As a prospect EZ is not allowed to hit a full patched member until Coco "Orders" EZ to beat the crap out of the two of them, when they complain about it, Coco points out he was following a patched brother's orders.
  • Morton's Fork: EZ's ex-girlfriend Gaby returning to his life by chance only to threaten to rat out his brother Angel for murder traps EZ into two brutal choices. Either he lets Gaby rat out Angel, or he kills Gaby to stop it from happening. EZ opts for the latter.
  • Mythology Gag: In the pilot, EZ runs over a dead crow, which is getting eaten by a dog.
  • Oh, Crap!: Little Andres when Adelita reveals she knows he's Galindo's mole.
  • Papa Wolf: Felipe Reyes, who reveals his past profession as a ruthless government agent and threatens Jimenez’s family when he tries blackmailing Felipe into forcing EZ’s hand.
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  • Taken to the extreme with Coco, who brutally kills his own mother when presenting with the possibility that she abused his daughter. Later, said daughter is confronted by two members of an interloping rival MC who sprain her arm for interfering with their human trafficking. Coco immediately brings these two things to the table and the entire charter goes on the offensive.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: In his efforts to ensure the lives of the Santo Padre Mayans [[spoiler:and his status withint the club, EZ becomes as ruthless and murderous as the very members of the Cartels, going as far as to murder
  • Pass the Popcorn: In the above mentioned fight between EZ and two patched Mayans, Happy and Quinn from SAMCRO are seen watching the fight happening with giant smiles on their faces.
  • Rank Up: At the end of season two EZ is patched in as full member of the Mayans.
  • Retired Monster: The patriarch of the Reyes family, Felipe Reyes, runs a butcher's shop now. He used to be an corrupt agent for the Mexican Drug Enforcement Agency, who is later revealed had sold out to the Galindo Cartel and committed acts of considerable brutality — he has a picture of himself and his partner with three severed heads piled in front of them. When EZ's handlers start pushing for EZ to put himself into more danger, Felipe starts pushing back, revealing just who he was and threatening to come out of retirement.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: When Alvarez and Bishop find out that Coco is having secret meetings with a mysterious Latino woman, they start to suspect that Coco and Angel might be giving information to the anti-cartel rebels. Coco and Angel are indeed working with the rebels but Coco's secretive behaviour is caused by a personal matter and has nothing to do with the rebels. The Latino woman is his estranged daughter, Leticia, but they think she's Adelita, the leader of the rebels, due to their sharing the same diminutive nickname. Coco eventually comes clean as his relationship with Letty strengthens, and the latter is welcomed in their midst.
  • Sex Is Violence: When the tension over Cristobal's kidnapping comes to a boil, Miguel and Emily get in a very physical argument, which leads to passionate sex.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Miguel Galindo, whose sharp suit helps establish him as an untouchable Galindo Cartel higher-up, in contrast to the Mayans themselves.
  • Stealing from the Till: After some junkies overdose, the Mayan leaders discover that their heroin has been cut with fentayl. This is not only bad for business (the Mayans have a reputation for selling pure heroin) but it also means that a member is stealing from the club. They send out new shipments of heroin and then intercept the packages before they arrive at their destination. One of the packages has been tampered with and had heroin replaced by fentanyl. The Mayan who handled the package is apprehended and then killed by injecting him with his own lethal product.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Santo Padre is a financially strapped town that requires a lot of dirty dealing to keep running. In season 2, it's reported the town suffered from various issues but can't get the budget to care for it with the Mayor openly complaining about millions spent "on a fucking Wall" but nothing in federal funding. This means Miguel and Emily face competition for any of their bids as the city simply can't afford to play favorites, even for someone like Miguel. This comes up again in season 3 when the border is closed and now the town is suffering majorly without the wave of immigrants or various services coming over the border. It's openly stating over half the town is now unemployed and they can't even pay the garbage men.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After a dirty cop kills Medina of the Stockton Mayans, the club tracks him down, hangs him upside down from a tree and then all the club members empty their guns into him.
  • The Triads and the Tongs: Only two members have shown up so far, though seem to be significant players as they were in SoA.
  • Underestimating Badassery: EZ and Angel are confronted by two white motorcyclists on "being in our territory" and laugh at what they think are just some punks who saw some TV show and dressed up". When the two exit later, they find themselves met by nearly twenty members of a very real and strong gang. This is then subverted because while these "Swole Boys" are mean and tough enough to force two Mayans to flee, they quickly fold when the Mayans and Sons of Anarchy show up in force to retaliate.
  • Wham Shot: Following the birthday party massacre, EZ is examining the corpses and discovers that one of them is wearing Sons of Anarchy colors.
  • Working with the Ex: Emily asks EZ to inform her on the cartel's actions, as Miguel keeps her Locked Out of the Loop.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • One of the rebels is a young girl whose face has been viciously burned by the application of a hot iron, a mark of a past encounter with one of the cartels.
    • Galindo burns a taco vendor's son alive, alongside his father, as a message to the rebels for kidnapping his son.
    • When the rebels identify Galindo's young spy in their midst, they push him off the roof of a building onto a pile of discarded glass panes, killing him.
    • Potter's mercenaries have no problems torturing a young girl for information about the rebels.