Sons of Anarchy Review: "Los Fantasmas"

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Update: Matt Richenthal had to take the night off and asked me to take over reviewing tonight's Sons of Anarchy...

Nothing is ever free, especially in the world of SAMCRO. Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 8 featured so many wild cards in play that I doubt anyone will win this game in the end.

Multiple Directions

On the one hand, Tara's master plan worked like a charm. She got her restraining order against Gemma and Jax couldn't even stand to look at his mother.

But on the other hand it was all fraying at the edges. It didn't take long for Unser to figure out exactly what had happened. I was surprised he'd promised to keep Tara's secret but I completely agreed with his sentiment in this Sons of Anarchy quote…

I'm not upset about Gemma, Doc. I'm upset about you. It breaks my heart that you had to become something so wrong to do what you thought was right.


Even Tara's attorney knew that something was off. It all made me wonder if when Tara looked in the mirror, had she begun to see Gemma's reflection staring back. No matter how justified the reasons, Tara's not on the side of the angels any longer.

That's probably why Gemma was the first one to figure out Tara's game.

I'm a dirty biker whore with a record. She's the good doctor. Does it really matter what I have to say?


Gemma should be thankful that Eli was more interested in the simple justice of guilty or not guilty. Someone else could have been quick to make an example out of her.

Wendy may be the biggest wild card of all. She's been wishy washy throughout this caper. Now that it's all hitting the fan, which way she falls is anyone's guess, and that was before she started using again.

I really felt badly for her. She's just a pawn in everyone else's game and there's no one she can truly trust. And Gemma was right. If Jax finds out she had any part in trying to take his kids away, he'll think less about killing her than he did about Alice the pedophile.

In the middle of all of the chaos, I felt sorry for Jax. Although in many ways it's a hell of his own making, he's trying to make things better. And Bobby's right. He'd be completely lost without Tara. If she takes those kids and leaves him, I don't know how he'll survive. Any humanity that's left in him will be crushed under the weight of her betrayal.

Back to the chaos. Patterson continued to play hard ball by leaking to the media that SAMCRO supplied the gun that killed those kids. The consequences were even bloodier than I'd imagined.

The hit and run was one of the most graphic, gruesome and probably realistic ones I've ever seen on TV. Never underestimate Sons of Anarchy for its ability to turn my stomach and leave me gaping at the screen.

Compared to that scene, a man slicing open his own throat almost seemed tame.

The most heartbreaking moment was to hear Jax Teller plead with his wife, "Please just tell me how do I get back."

Do you think there's any chance he can? Do you think Tara truly wants him to? And will anyone survive when this game finally ends on Sons of Anarchy?


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Well it's NOT going to end well for Tara i'll tell you that @zombie 1369! She's gonna end up in jail and die OR Jax will kill her after knowing about her plans. and those boys are still going to be in danger regardless cause Jax is their father. Jax is weak and doesn't have a backbone and tara SHOULD'VE listen to Gemma and leave jax alone she knows what she got herself into and now look at her. I don't see this ending well AT ALL!!!


@Ashley - First I could be proven wrong but I find it hard to believe that Tara would only plan things out through the arrest of Gemma. I do believe that on some level she is torn, in terms of ultimately betraying Jax but that's all. She knows Gemma won't let this go, that's the beauty of why all this works so well...Gemma has a limited playbook (threats, intimidation, coercing others, violence) and while Gemma thinks she is the smartest one in the room, Tara just took away a good chunk of that playbook. Think about it, she can't talk to Jax, she knows that Unser is a friend but he will call her out on her sh&t, Nero is on her side but he is Jax's partner, Wendy is a wild card and is all that Tara left her with is violence and intimidation, both of which are easily planned for. Tara will be alright, and no I don't see Tara taking the boys from Jax.


I don't see jax FORGIVING tara when all of her antics comes out. Gemma is not going to let this go i believe what she does i can't wait to see. As much as i have a love/hate feel for her. Tara is gonna go NUTS dealing w/all of this shit. I don't think she's gonna make it to season 7.


I choice to believe that Tara wants to let Jax back in. She just want to make sure her kids do not have to live this life and hate it as much as Jax does, even though he can't let it go. This world is bad for him, jax knows this, but it is so much a part of him like Tara is. He does not know how to be without either anymore.


Hey Tara - Better Call Saul! ;-)

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Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 8 Quotes

Giving up the Sons of Anarchy is going to be a very popular get out of jail free card.


I'm a dirty biker whore with a record. She's the good doctor. Does it really matter what I have to say?


Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 8 Music

  Song Artist
John moreland gospel Gospel John Moreland iTunes
Tony joe white who you gonna hoodoo now Who You Gonna Hoodoo Now? Tony Joe White iTunes
Jimmy rip and the trip the blues gets you The Blues Gets You Jimmy Rip and the Trip iTunes