There’s a Hidden Meaning Behind the ‘Mayans MC’ Season 4 Finale Title

Mayans MC Season 4 saw Ezekial Reyes make some of his darkest decisions yet. EZ was once the golden boy with plans for college and a bright future. Now he is in the club as deep as he could possibly be. Even his brother Angel is surprised at how far EZ has taken things. The title of the Mayans MC Season 4 finale has a hidden reference to the Reyes brother’s journey.

JD Pardo as EZ Reyes in the Mayans MC Season 4 finale. EZ looks at his brother from across the table.
JD Pardo as EZ Reyes in the ‘Mayans MC’ Season 4 finale | Prashant Gupta/FX

EZ became president of the Santo Padre charter

EZ made his final play for power in the Mayans MC Season 4 finale. First, he took out JJ, the one man who could potentially destroy him with some vital information. Then he confronted Alvarez, who was still determined to make peace between the Mayans and the Sons. This led EZ to Bishop’s house, where he told the former president that he needs to be back on top.

At Templo, most of the Santo Padre charter is upset that Alvarez plans not to reopen the pipeline with Miguel Galindo. EZ then suggests a kill switch. The Mayans can remove Alvarez as president if there is a unanimous vote. The club votes for war and Alvarez leaves. However, instead of reinstating Bishop, EZ appoints him VP and takes the role of president for himself.

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While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Mayans MC Season 4 showrunner Elgin James was asked if EZ was always meant to go down such a dark path. “It was always my plan,” James responded. “It was our plan to show the dynamics of a full human being. You think someone is something and then they turn out to be something about 400 shades darker.”

James continued, “To me, trying to explain it, even to the writers in the writer’s room, it’s like Bruce Springsteen’s song ‘Backstreets’ off of the Born to Run album. It comes in with a chorus and there’s this piano line in there, but then in the post-chorus, there’s are a few little notes.”

“‘Don’t pay attention to us. We’re just a little bridge, a little bridge to the verse.’ And every once in a while it keeps coming back, these few notes. Maybe you’re paying attention, maybe you’re not. They’re buried underneath the guitar solo. And then at the very end of the song, the whole song flips, and those few notes now become the theme of the song.”

Interestingly, the name of the Mayans MC Season 4 finale, “When the Breakdown Hit at Midnight,” are lyrics from that very Springsteen song. “That’s what we really wanted to do with both EZ and Angel. This is who they always were. So if you look back at EZ — Kurt and I did start to lay this stuff in from the beginning. Like, ‘Oh, this is the way he was always going to end. This was his fate from the start.'”

Will Angel get on board with EZ’s plans for the club?

After EZ makes his final play for power, Angel confronts his younger brother. “What are you doing?” Angel asks. “How much of this killswitch, Bishop was your plan?” As EZ tries to justify his actions, Angel finally asks, “What the f*** is wrong with you bro? How many bodies you gonna stand on before you realize there ain’t nobody f***ing left? Ever since Gaby, I feel like I don’t know who you are.”

EZ then recounts a story from their childhood when he broke their dog’s neck after it was hit by a car, to put the animal out of its misery. EZ warns his brother, “If you’re not down, if you are not on this train, please walk away or it’ll run right over you.”

All episodes of Mayans MC are currently streaming on Hulu.

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