We’re only one episode in and Mayans MC has already made a few references to Sons of Anarchy, including some surprising cameos from the original show. While some of the SOA characters, like Gemma Teller (Katey Sagal), will play lesser roles in the spin-off, others will play a more prominent part in the development of the new show. That includes Emilio Rivera’s Marcus Alvarez, who will be an important fixture in the opening act of Mayans MC.
One of the obvious reasons for including Alvarez is to link Sons of Anarchy with Mayans MC and give fans a sense of similarity between the shows. They do, after all, exist in the same biker universe Kurt Sutter originally created.
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But Rivera’s character does a lot more than simply bridge gaps. Along with serving as the leader of the Mayans motorcycle club, Alvarez is an important link between the club and its biggest threat: the Galindo cartel.
In the opening episode of Season 1, “Perro/Oc,” Alvarez heads down to the Santo Padre charter to deal with a heist problem when he has an interesting conversation with the new leader of the cartel, Miguel Galindo (Danny Pino). After they catch the party responsible for stealing their drugs, Miguel tells Alvarez that he respects his leadership and trusts him.
Feeling uneasy about the conversation, Alvarez later confides his true feelings about Miguel with the president of the Santo Padre charter, Obispo “Bishop” Losa (Michael Irby).
“Galindo, the old man, it was different with him,” Alvarez tells Bishop. “He understood the pride of men. His son does not.”
Alvarez’s confession makes it clear that he is an important link between the Mayans and the cartel. But it also teases that some trouble is ahead between Alvarez and Miguel.
Mayans MC airs Tuesday nights on FX.