Half-Sack Epps

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Kip Epps
First appearance "Pilot"
(episode 1.01) (2008)
Last appearance "Na Trioblóidí"
(episode 2.13) (2009)
Created by Kurt Sutter
Portrayed by Johnny Lewis
Nickname(s) Half-Sack
Gender Male
Occupation Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Member, mechanic, gun runner, former U.S. Army
Significant other(s) Cherry (Old Lady/Girlfriend)
Nationality American

Edward Kip "Half Sack" Epps is a fictional character on the FX television series Sons of Anarchy, played by Johnny Lewis.[1][2] He is a prospect (prospective member) of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, which often results in hazing and his being given undesirable tasks. The other members generally have a good-natured attitude towards Half Sack when giving him these difficult tasks.


Kip Epps served in the United States Army during the Iraq War. He lost a testicle while serving in Iraq, prompting the nickname "Half Sack". A surprisingly formidable fighter, he was also the Junior Lightweight Champion of the Armed Forces boxing competition. After leaving the military, he began prospecting for the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club and worked as a mechanic at Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair. He was also a vegetarian.

First season[edit]

To distract the police from their activities, Jax Teller, Chibs Telford, Juice Ortiz and Half-Sack acquire two dead bodies from the local morgue and set them up in a fake shoot-out. The set-up shooting is made to look like a racist murder involving the Nordics, a local skinhead gang. On the way to Lodi, they are cut off on the road by a man driving a red muscle car. On the way back to Charming, they catch up with this man at a gas station and beat him up. The driver pulls out a pistol and attempts to shoot Jax, but is wrestled to the ground and killed by the Pakistani shop keeper who hits him with a fire axe. They steal the CCTV tapes and flee the scene.[3]

While working at the auto shop one day, Half-Sack tells Tig Trager that Clay Morrow's wife, Gemma, gives him a MILF chubby, unaware that Clay is within earshot. Later, at the Devil's Tribe patch-over party, Half-Sac meets a woman named Cherry, and the couple seem to be in love. Clay retaliates by pulling rank and having sex with Cherry.[4]

The club enters Half-Sack into a bare-knuckle boxing competition, to raise funds to buy weapons. During this time, he is trained by Chibs, who enforces Clays requirements that Half-Sack have "no booze, no weed and no pussy". This means Cherry is kept away from him. Assigned by Clay to test Cherry's loyalty to Half-Sack, Bobby tries to have sex with her at his house, but she refuses his persistent advances. At the competition, Half-Sack reaches the final but is then told by Chibs and Tig to take a dive, because they bet on his opponent. Half-Sack agrees, but then sees Clay and Cherry hugging at ring-side. This brings on a sudden surge of rage, and he knocks his opponent out. Half-Sack is then told he owes the club $35,000.[5]

In a bid to pay back the money, help the club, and earn his patch, Half-Sack steals an ambulance, which he plans to sell. The club dismisses this stunt as pointless and unnecessarily risky, however. The ambulance eventually does come to good use when Cameron Hayes of the True IRA is shot and wounded by the Mayans.

Half-Sack's girlfriend, Cherry, is arrested but later broken out of jail. Happy then smuggles her into Canada, and she eventually moves to Belfast, to stay with SOA's Belfast charter.[6]

After Piney Winston's daughter-in-law, Donna, is killed by the One-Niners (or so it seemed), Piney travels to Oakland to get revenge. Jax sends Half-Sack to follow him and to stop him from doing anything unnecessary. However, when they get to Oakland, Half-Sack is unable to stop Piney from starting a fight in a Niners bar. It ends in a hostage situation, with Piney holding a Niner at gunpoint. When Jax and Chibs arrive and try to stop Piney from causing further trouble, Half-Sack helps Jax disarm him. They hold a meeting with Laroy, the Niners leader, who tells them that it is not he or his gang who killed Donna. The season ends with Half-Sack and the rest of SAMCRO attending Donna's funeral.[7]

Second season[edit]

Half-Sack is still a prospect trying to get into SAMCRO. He seems to have a more prominent role in some of the club's dealings and is often seen going on runs/errands with the other members. However, he remains the most likely member to be given surveillance duties.

After a short absence, Half-Sack returns to the clubhouse, revealing he had surgery to receive a prosthetic testicle. Soon after the surgery, Half-Sack begins feeling discomfort. He eventually cannot take it anymore and enlists Tara's help; she informs him that his testicles are severely swollen due to infection, a possible side effect of the surgery.

In "Culling", Half-Sack reveals that his body rejected the prosthetic. Soon afterward, Clay and some of the others discuss how they feel about patching Half-Sack into the club; all agree he would be a good addition to their ranks. Clay remarks that he has "Half a sack, but a whole lot of balls". Half-Sack later participates in an organized brawl with L.O.A.N. as one of SAMCRO's ten best fighters.

In the season two finale, Half-Sack is tasked with watching over Gemma and Tara, but he cannot prevent Gemma from exacting revenge on Polly Zobelle. He returns to Jax's home, not knowing he was followed by Cameron Hayes. After Hayes threatens to kill Abel Teller with a kitchen knife, Half-Sack rushes at him, only to be stabbed and killed. His death is discovered by Jax, Opie, and Chibs. Half-Sack becomes the first main character to be killed off in the series.[8]

Kurt Sutter, series writer and creator, said that Half-Sack was killed off because Lewis wanted to leave the show due to creative differences; "We decided we'd find some noble way for him to go. It wasn't my intent to try to be sensational and kill off a main character." [9]

Third season[edit]

In the season premiere, SAMCRO buries Half-Sack with over 50 full-patch members from California, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon as well as numerous former military colleagues in attendance. A three-piece kutte is draped over his casket during the service, implying that SAMCRO posthumously patched him in.