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Sons of Anarchy Season Finale Review: "NS"

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While it in no way makes up for the struggles of the first two-thirds of the season, the final stretch of Sons of Anarchy has been absolutely fantastic. The third season finale, "NS," had excitement, drama, surprises, and left me asking questions about what would happen next.

For the final 30 minutes I was on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, as well as any other cliche you'd like to use to explain how riveting the final chapter of this season was. 

Tension On the Rise

I had no idea what SAMCRO's plan was as they drove off to make the deal with the Russians for Jimmy O. There was a point where I was ready for everyone to pull their guns out and kill each other. Then I thought that maybe everything ended swimmingly with Jax's original plan working out perfectly. And then once Stahl ratted Jackson out as a rat himself, I was prepared to cry for my favorite Vice President.

It was just a very nice fake-out by both SAMCRO and Sutter and company.

Neither Stahl, the Russians, nor I knew what was going on. Nice acting by both Charlie Hunnam as Jackson Teller in that moment, as the ATF thought they had won, Jimmy O thought he was escaping death, and I thought Jax was screwed with his club. 

At the same time ,though, as for a majority of the season, I wondered what the big deal was. I understand that ratting anything or anyone out to the Feds is a huge no-no in the outlaw business, but Jax was getting Gemma out of prison, severely shortening SAMCRO's sentence, and screwing over some Irish that none of them were close to.

I don't get why the club would have been so outraged with Jackson.

It was nice to see SAMCRO, and the show itself, let those who had been hurt by Jimmy O and Stahl, respectively, be the ones to finish them off. I really had forgotten that Chibs and Opie were not with the rest of the crew up until I saw them arrive to the scene in the school bus.

Now, I was not surprised at all to see Chibs slice up Jimmy with scars not unlike his own before murdering him, but I was a bit shocked by Opie's murderous ways. I know Stahl is an awful human being, who played a large role in the death of Donna, but I did not want to see Opie as an executioner.

Now that Jax has made his choice to say "screw you dad, I'm going with Mom and Clay," I thought Opie was my only hope of a Son staying semi-straight. So what will Jax's mindset be next season? He's committed to Gemma and Clay more than ever, making the dilemma of what he'll do when he learns the truth about their past with his father utterly fascinating to ponder.

Let us not just skim over that fact. It was implied since the beginning, but stated here that the leaders of the club we are supposed to have feelings for murdered the founder of Sons of Anarchy.

Our protagonist's father. The man that this whole series may well be about. He was murdered, or at least ordered to death, by Clay and Gemma. Because he wasn't into the outlaw ways of the club? Was he a rat?  Jax's comments about not being like his father make it seem that way.

No matter what the reason, I hold John Teller in such high esteem that I automatically dislike these two characters much more than I already did.

The big question is what does this do to Jax. Jackson started the series as a guy that didn't really want the outlaw life. He then struggled for a couple of seasons with what he wanted for his life and the life of his children. If the events of this week's episode ring true to his actual motives, it seems Jax has chosen the dark side for the time being.

If Sons of Anarchy is about Jax's heroic journey, I can foresee him coming back to struggle with things, and in the end choosing to lead a better life for both him and his family. Whether that is changing what the Sons of Anarchy do, or quitting the club, Jackson Teller will get out of the business.

Let's just hope that it doesn't end the same way it did for his father.

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I thought the Russians were going to get caught by the feds, I thought Stahl was goin to get away with being the ULTIMATE b****, I thought the club was going to kill Jax... With about 25 minutes left in the show, (when Jax signed the papers, but Stahl wouldn't sign until she saw Jimmy) I paused the DVR, rolled over & told my hubby I was going to sleep because I KNEW that whore was going to pull a stunt & rat him out to SAMCRO. I swore I would not watch the 4th season *LOL* I was pretty mad at the direction I 'assumed' the finale was taking. Well, in all awesomeness THAT'S when it got good! I too forgot Opie & the others weren't at the exchange for Jimmy. So, so glad he killed Stahl! Rewound that part like 5 times just to laugh. In season 2, Opie told her he would let her live "this time" or something like that when he had her at gunpoint about Donna's death. Chibs did a brilliant thing putting the IRA symbol on car. Shahl & Jimmy's deaths will never be solved if the feds think the Irish did it. The club being in on Jax's plan - totally didn't see that coming, but was very happy about it. Ha-ha Stahl SAMCRO had the last laugh! As to Tara & the letters... I don't know how Jax will react once he finds out who killed his dad. He will be mad, sure... but as to what extent he will go for revenge, I have no clue.

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WELL THIS FINALE BLEW ME AWAY I SO DIDNT SEE IT COMIN N EVEN THOUGH I READ SOME SPOILERS I WAS SURPRISED BYB THE TIME IT ENDED THERE WAS SO MUCH GOIN ON I TELL U IT KICKED ASS MY HEART POUNDED NOW IVE ONLY WATCHED THE SHOW FOR THE SECOND N THIRD SEASON SO SOME I DNT KNO ABOUT BUT MY MOM FILLED ME IN ABOUT IT FOR THE FIRST THIS SHOW IS SOOOO GREAT N SO GOOD N THAT BITCH HAD IT COMIN I WAITED TO SEE THAT BUT I DIDNT THINK THAT ONE OF THE MEMBERS WOULD KILL HER BUT IT WAS WAY TO FUNNY I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE HER GONE I WAIT FOR NEXT SEASON N WHAT JAX WILL SOON DECIDE ON THE DAD SITUATION THOSE LETTERS HE WROTE MADE ME ALMOST CRY N IM.GLAD HES NO RAT HE N THEY ALMOST HAD ME BUT I KNEW IT WASNT TRUE N THERE ALL HEADED TO JAIL I THINK THEY WONT DO TIME BUT THEN AGAIN N AS FOR GEMMA I WANNA SEE WHERE THAT GOES THIS WAS THE BEST FINALE EVA THIS YEAR N WHO COULDNT SAY IT WAS GOOD IT SURE WAS GOOD I HAD PPL WHO LIKE THIS SHOW N WE HAD LOTS OF GOOD TO SAY OWWWWWWWW WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE SONS OF ANARCHY IS SIMPLY THE HOTTEST

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Next season may provide for a very interesting story line. If Jaxs is able to read the letters who know where it may go. From season one thier has been a undertone that Clay and Gemma took John down. With Gemmas statements to Clay in the final show, it is almost certain those two did it. The old letters are the key, and in my opinion be used quite a bit next season. Just how long it takes to get to Jaxs is the question.

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Loved the ending, it went almost exactly like I hoped! I was praying, on the edge of my seat that the club was in on this ´Jax being a rat business´ and thankfully they were! And the letters from Maureen nicely set up the next chapter! Oh and props to Ally Walker for being a BadAssMothafucker and finally gone from our lives! Now I just wonder if we pick up where we left off or when the guys get out of prison!? Thank u SOA for absolutely ruling!

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thank you sunny for a minute i thought no one else including the reviewer had caught the fact that the club was in on jax's plan the entire time and their cries of indignation were staged...jax does admit to gemma in the letter that the club had taken a vote keep her in the dark and he even apologizes to her for it...on another note i think you're also right about jax not knowing about what gemma and clay did to john and that is what the storyline will be based on next season...all in all this was a kick-ass finale and i can't wait for season 4!!

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Jax has NO idea about the letters yet - Tara was only unpacking the bag at the end of the episode, and the letters were right where Maureen Ashby left them.

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I thought Jax said the club voted on him playing along with Stahl, it was right after Clay was calling him a rat. Jax told Gemma they voted on something so I thought they were all in on it. I'm going to watch it again with the closed caption on. That would explain why they were all laughing in the back of the truck as they were being hauled to jail and why Opie and Chibs were not with them. They had to be in on it with Jax or they would have beat his ass as soon as the doors were shut on the paddy wagon. Now that Stahl is dead will they even have a case against them?
I don't think Jax has read the letters yet or he would have said something to Gemma about cheating on his dad with Clay. How long will it be till Jax asks his mom if Clay might be his dad instead of John. She probably set John Teller up for Clay to kill him so he could take over the club and marry her, Gemma knew John was going to go back to Ireland to be with the woman he really loved. This is just my opinion.

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This season was a struggle because I had no FX during the stalemate between Dish Network and the FX's parent company(thanks for nuthin, FOXNEWSCORP, the finale made it worth it. Props to the whole cast, and a sad goodbye to Ally Walker as Stahl, truly one of the most hissable bad-girls of recent memory. Jax is the beating heart of the story, and his fall or redemption is the center conflict of the series. That has been further complicated by a terrific turn of events in the finale. In real life, could that, would that happen, that Jax and the SOA leadership could pull off a ruse so completely? Probably not - and while it was a beautiful surprise, it was also a bit unbelieveable to this viewer. Very writerly. Still this season with the whole diversion to Ireland, was a bit of a fantasy for the most part - a departure (sort of like Mad Men Season 4 was in comparison to earlier seasons) but it was good - and now I can't wait to watch the season (series?) finale to FX's other (even better) show, Terriers.

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omg i loved the finale, it had everything it needed, it was fantastic, it had you guessin right up to the end, im glad that stahl got what she deserved, and everything was absolutely superb,, love it cant wait till next season,

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I loved the finale. Everything I wanted to see happen, happened. I wasn't surprised that Opie murdered Stahl - I think he needed that revenge to fully move on (emotionally) with his fiance. And I'm SO glad that Stahl is dead. I don't think Jax has seen the letters. I think he has a lesser opinion of his father, knowing that he cheated on Gemma and fathered a daughter in Ireland, but I don't think he realizes that Gemma knew that Clay would have him murdered. It's been suggested from Season 1 that Gemma and Clay were involved with John's death, so that's not a surprise to the audience, but it will be a huge surprise to Jax. I think Tara finding the letters will have her wanting Jax to get out of the club, fast. She won't want him to turn into Gemma/Clay. She's been wary of the club from the start, so all she needed was a push to get out, and the letters did that. I think next season will have Tara struggling with what it means to be in the club life, especially since she'll be alone (w/o Jax) when she's pregnant and gives birth (he'll be in jail). Kaylyn - Thomas was Jax's younger bro who died as an infant or young child from the heart problems that are genetic (why Gemma has the open-heart surgery scar - when Abel was born, he had heart problems as well).

Sons of Anarchy Season 3 Episode 13 Quotes

Something will go wrong. Somebody will get hurt. I promise you, it'll end badly.

Gemma

Tig: You're the best, Kimosabe.
Unser: That ain't funny.
Tig: Yes it is.