The two-hour season finale of Sons of Anarchy groaned a bit, at times, under the bloated running time, but paid off with a gut-wrenching ending. We said good-bye to another major character and to the hope of a happy ending for our hero. I was really looking forward to seeing Logue as the big bad this season. But given that this final episode was so patently about mothers, it was much more fitting to have Jax square off with DA Patterson.
Whatever decisions happen today, the outcome lands on you. Are you willing to let your family pay the price? I promise you, son: Giving Up the Crown We saw this storm brewing in the last episode, but with the IRA somewhat out of the picture, it looks like the final season will focus on the warring factions closer to home. Retaliations on top of retaliations are going to rip Oakland and Stockton apart. How will the Sons get drawn back in? More on that in a bit.
Did Kurt Sutter really need an extra hour to tell this story? Take, for example, this scene between Wendy and Unser. But what did we learn here? Unser is pathetically in love with Gemma?
Wendy is afraid Jax is no longer the good man she once knew? We got those messages loud and clear elsewhere in the episode and the series. This scene and a few others just felt indulgent. The parallels are fairly striking. I understand he has old ties, but even Alvarez urged Nero to get out of the game. I feel like the lesson he should have learned from his time with the Tellers is that this world will bring him nothing but pain.
Possibly even Nero versus Jax. His choice of Bobby Elvis is perfect. Cementing my Fortinbras theory of earlier in the season. But was Chibs really on board? He looked a little miffed to me. Hey, he even got a coronation. To Muddy Death This was maybe one of the most unsurprising deaths in a long time. As soon as Tara took those kids, we knew she was gone. I am glad it was Gemma and not Jax who committed the act.
And that was only the beginning. I definitely believed this was curtains for Gemma. This is the pay-off for all the haunted looks and blank stares Theo Rossi has been throwing us all season. He killed a cop. Not the murderous one that grabbed the carving fork, but the gentler side of her that was so kind to Juice last week and at the beginning of this episode. She and Nero for a time were the only ones to truly show Juice compassion. So he acted as the loyal son to her.
Could that mysterious homeless angel be a harbinger of death? It could have been Jax or one of the Sons who killed Tara in order to keep her quiet. But the reconciliation, miscommunication and subsequent bloodbath made for much juicier tragedy. But how long will it take Jax to figure out who the responsible parties are. Gemma is already looking ready to crack under the Lady Macbeth pressure of it all. I suspect that for a time the blame will erroneously fall on the Mayans following on the shoot-out in the junkyard , kicking off a war between in the parlance of the show Black and White versus Yellow and Brown, with Jax on one side and his erstwhile father figure, Nero, on the other.
Eventually, however, the truth will out. From the quiet, internal drama of his first scene with Patterson to the turmoil of his confrontation with Tara to the wailing grief of this final scene.