Mayans MC: Angel’s Season 4 Struggles is at a horrible turning point

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Mayans MC season 4 so far has seen a very different Angel Reyes (Clayton Cardenas). While in past seasons he was the wilder of the two Reyes brothers and arguably the more devoted to the MC lifestyle, that is no longer the case. Season 4 saw his little brother EZ rise through the ranks to vice president of his charter, becoming fully invested in the darker aspects of club life.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for the latest episode of Mayans MC, “When I Die I Want Your Hands Over My Eyes”. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, stop reading now.

Angel, meanwhile, began to take stock of his life outside the club. He proposed to Nails (Justina Adorno) after learning she was pregnant with his child, and for the first time we saw Angel the person, rather than Angel the Maya. And this version of Angel is able to see how deeply rooted his brother is in the club – something he never wanted for his younger sibling.

“I think Angel is more surprised and literally afraid of [EZ’s] rise in the club,” Cardenas told GameSpot. “And I think that forced him to step up to a mirror and ask himself, ‘Is this what I wanted with my life? Take that and walk over to, Is this what I want? This isn’t what I wanted for us. This isn’t what I wanted for my family. This isn’t what I wanted for my brother. So I think it’s really a moment of self-realization.”

And while it’s highly doubtful we’ll ever see him leave the club at this point in his life, that self-realization is about to get a whole lot more disturbing. After all, not only did Coco (Richard Cabral) die, but in the latest episode of the series Nails lost her child to a miscarriage.

Angel hasn’t been told this news yet, but there’s no scenario in which he’ll take it well – what parent would? This is compounded by the fact that, according to Cardenas, Angel saw this child as some sort of redemption opportunity after learning that the child he fathered with Adelta was dead.

“Having a second chance at being a father, I think is the most important thing,” the actor explained before the episode aired. “It’s something he never had a father, but he never had a father he didn’t have the father he could look up to. He didn’t, in this meaning, the dream father figure. I think that’s what Angel wanted to be for his son. I think he wants to be that pillar in his positive life.”

Now, however, he won’t be so lucky. But which angel will look up in the fallout? The angel we’ve come to know this season who wants to build a life with Nails or the hardened old version who puts the club above all else, a hint of which we saw when he met Coco’s sister in this episode? At this point, it could go either way and both have serious storytelling potential. However, there’s one thing the show needs to keep in mind and that’s that this story belongs as much if not more to the nails as it does to Angel.

This episode rightly focused on his experience. It’s something Mayans MC has done time and time again, giving female characters the spotlight they deserve in this male-dominated world. Going forward, however, she must be kept in mind because whatever Angel suffers will be just as bad or worse for her. And given the way Mayans MC tries to keep things as grounded as possible, it’s a piece of history worth amplifying.

Mayans MC airs Tuesdays on FX.

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