The FX motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy continued with more backstabbing and knife-twisting in the penultimate episode of its fifth season, “Darthy.”

In “Darthy,” Clay (Ron Perlman) was voted out of the Sons, which was admittedly a bummer, but not surprising. What was surprising was that the Sons let him live. After voting out Clay the Sons then voted to have him killed, a verdict that requires a unanimous decision, however Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) was the lone vote that spared Clay’s life.

Upset that he couldn’t rid himself of Clay for good, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) beat Clay up, and then, in a fit, made a deal with Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau) to sacrifice Tig (Kim Coates) if Pope killed Clay.

The deal seemed simple enough until Romero’s (Danny Trejo) gang attacked the Irish gang, who then blamed the whole mess on Jax and the rest of the Sons. Jax suddenly had bigger problems to deal with than Clay, and to make matters worse, the Irish agreed to take Clay in. So much for a quick kill.

While the men were blasting away, Tara (Maggie Siff) was growing more concerned about her family and made a deal with Wendy (Drea de Matteo), her son Abel’s biological mother, that if Tara and Jax were killed, Wendy would take care of the kids. Wendy and Abel were kidnapped shortly thereafter, but Clay saved them. Wendy then tried to win custody of Abel under the not-so-far-fetched assumption that Abel is living in a dangerous home. Jax, however, didn’t like this threat, and he showed up at Wendy’s house and injected her with drugs so that if she tried to get Abel back she would fail the drug test and her testimony would be worthless.

The season five finale of Sons of Anarchy will air Tuesday, Dec. 4, on FX at 10 p.m. EST.