So far, Mayans MC Season 4 has seen a very different Angel Reyes (Clayton Cardenas). While in past seasons he has been the wilder of the two Reyes brothers and possibly the more dedicated to the MC lifestyle, that is no longer the case. Season 4 has seen his little brother EZ rise through the ranks to vice president of his charter, becoming fully involved in the darker aspects of club life.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for the latest Mayans MC episode, “When I Die, I Want Your Hands On My Eyes.” If you haven’t seen the episode yet, stop reading now.
Ángel, for his part, has begun to take stock of his life outside the club. He proposed to Nails (Justina Adorno) after learning she was pregnant with her child, and for the first time, we saw Angel the person, rather than Angel the Mayan. And that version of Angel is able to see how deeply ingrained his brother has become in the club, something he never wanted for his younger brother.
“I think Angel is more surprised and literally scared than [EZ’s] rise in the club,” Cardenas told GameSpot. “And I think that forced him to look in the mirror and ask himself, ‘Is this what I wanted with my life? With where my brother is taking this and where he’s headed, is this what I want? This is not what he wanted for us. This is not what I wanted for my family. It’s not what I wanted for my brother. So I think it’s very much a moment of self-actualization.”
And while it’s highly doubtful we’ll see him walk away from the club at this point in his life, that self-actualization is about to get a whole lot more unsettling. After all, not only is Coco (Richard Cabral) dead, but in the last episode of the Nails series, she lost her child to a miscarriage.
Angel has not yet been informed of this news, but there is no scenario in which he takes it well, what father would? Added to this is the fact that, according to Cárdenas, Ángel saw this child as a kind of opportunity for redemption after he was told that the son he had with Adelta was dead.
“Having a second chance to be a father, I think that’s the most important thing,” the actor explained before the episode aired. “This is something that he… not that he never had a father, but he never had a father that he didn’t have the father that he could look up to. He didn’t have, in that sense, 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 life of positivity.”
Now, however, he will not have that opportunity. However, which angel will rear its head in the aftermath? The angel we’ve gotten to know this season who wants to build a life with Nails or the old, hardened version who puts the club above all else, who we got a hint of when he hooked up with Coco’s sister in this episode? At this point it could go either way and both have great narrative potential. However, there is one thing that the show needs to keep in mind and that is that this story pertains to the nails as much or more than it does to Angel.
This episode rightfully put a lot of its focus on his experience. It’s something that Mayans MC has done time and time again, giving the female characters the prominence they deserve in this male dominated world. However, in the future, he must keep her in mind because, as much as Angel is suffering from her, it will be just as bad or worse for her. And since Mayans MC tries to keep things as connected as possible, this is a part of the story that deserves to be amplified.
Mayans MC airs Tuesdays on FX.