Originally Posted by DrLar
Of course if Shane heard Pilar's death threat, he went and got whatever he could use as a weapon to finish her... Pilar was in the "your children will die tragically" mode. So I think it was an act of self defense combined with Shane's wickedness
Not to be too technical legally with you, but self defense for assault or homicide usually requires that the accused believe himself to be in imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm. A threat to visit death or harm upon someone in the unspecified future is probably not a sufficient defense legally. It could be a mitigating factor, of course, but not a complete defense.
OK, aside from that pedantic and boring tangent, yeah, Pilar had it coming to her. For my part, I'm not the least bit surprised that Shane would be the one to kill her, although I must admit that throughout most of the season I've been thinking Shane would likely kill Esteban.
Violence comes to Shane quite easily and naturally. Although he was horrified to see Ignacio beating on the innocent golfers on the driving range earlier, he seems to feel little to no compunction about using it or justifying it against those he feels deserve it. For instance, he was happy to threaten his teacher who did him wrong, and he even thought it justifiable for his own rep and protection to whack the most popular kid in school with a school lunch tray pre-emptively to ward off anyone messing with him at school.
Anyway, within the context of the show, good on him. Shane has my respect as a badass.
What will be interesting to see next season is the fallout from his presumed murder of Pilar and who the family will try to explain or justify it to authorities, or whether they will hide it altogether. Will someone else try to take the fall for young Shane? Stay tuned.