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Sons of Anarchy Review: Karma Kicks Back

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I'm still trying to process everything that occurred on the Sons of Anarchy Season 6 finale. But I can honestly say that the show did something tonight that it's never done before:

It made me cry. 

Tara on Her Own

It also made me cover my eyes, yell and beg but all of those responses the series has managed to elicit in earlier episodes. But the tears were new.

If Jax teller lived in a world of self hate going into Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 13, I can only imagine the depths of despair and self loathing he'll reach heading into season 7. Because after he'd sworn never to abandon his sons, he may be about to leave them very much alone.

All along Jax's struggle to do what's right has led him to some dark places and here he received advice on Karma from both Nero and Patterson.

Nero was furious that Jax had lied to him but also pointed out that when Karma comes around It makes you pay. Nero was reminded of the decisions he's made every time he watches his boy suffer. And that mythical farm he's been dreaming of was calling him now louder than ever.

Patterson took the time to encourage Jax to be the husband, father and man he truly wants to be. And Jax actually listened.

My heart was racing when SAMCRO found Tara and the boys in that park. She didn't even try to run or fight. She knew it could only make things worse. Her conversation with Jax at that park bench was one of the best of the series. 

I sacrificed everything for you. I have tried to see what you see how you see it but I can't. All I see is the lies and the violence and how it's changed you. Turned you into a monster.

Tara

Tara was certain her life was over but her first concern was still for her boys as she begged Jax in this Sons of Anarchy quote

Tara: Please don't hurt me in front of the kids.
Jax: That not what I want.
Tara: But that's all there is.

She was wrong. Jax had another plan: To be a man. He turned himself in for supplying the guns that were used in the school shooting. He protected Tara, his boys and his club. 

At great personal sacrifice Jax Teller did the right thing. And then it all went wrong. 

As I watched it play out I found myself begging that the story wouldn't go there but the moment Unser told Gemma that Jax was getting arrested and he thought Tara had made a deal... I knew it was over. Still, I begged the TV gods to show me something different.

The TV gods are cruel.

Juice was the other wild card. Just as Gemma didn't know the whole story concerning Tara, Jax never knew that Juice's confession to Nero only happened because he OD'd. Would that information have made a difference? We may never know. 

When Gemma and Tara finally came face to face, Gemma looked shocked to see her…and then she snapped. Tara saw it. There was a moment there where Gemma slipped into a blind rage. Gemma believed that Tara had destroyed everything she'd ever cared about and she was literally out of her mind. 

That Gemma would try to kill Tara wasn't a surprise but bludgeoning her to death with a carving fork in her own sink full of dirty dish water that Gemma had left just hours before…the viciousness of it made me nauseous. 

Then Juice shot Sheriff Roosevelt to save Gemma. Watching Juice destroy the evidence of the crime made my head spin. 

For most of the last minutes of the show, I found myself worrying about Thomas and Abel. Tara was the one person who could have saved them from this life. I'd always related to her fierce need to protect her children at all costs. As she lie in a bloody heap on her kitchen floor all I could think about was how it was all for nothing. 

Jax and Tara both made difficult decisions with the ultimate goal of making sure their boys would have a life without mayhem. With Tara dead and Jax possibly off to prison, those kids are stuck with crazy Gemma and junkie Wendy. Needless to say their future looks bleak.

As Jax took that final ride to his home you could tell he was at peace…and then he stepped into hell. 

I couldn't help the tears as he cradled Tara in his arms. It was heartbreaking to watch his agony. She was his one true love. She and the boys were the best of him. If losing Opie sent Jax to a dark place, I don't want to know where he's headed after this. 

And that's just it. I have no idea where season 7 will pick up. Is Jax off to prison or can he walk away from this deal? How will he raise those boys without their mother? Does Patterson think Jax killed Tara? And what is up with the strange woman in the alley?  It's going to be a really long year waiting for Sons of Anarchy Season 7 to find out what comes next.

Check out this interview with Kurt Sutter, Katey Sagal and Maggie Siff for insight into the finale and where things could pick up in Season 7.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I cannot believe after all this time of convincing myself that Jax would let his wife and kids go live a better life (and maybe join them later himself), Gemma went and did this! Was that really necessary? I've loved this show from day 1 and never questioned the writing until now. The one person that kept Jax in check and somehow gave him peace in all the craziness had to die to make this a good season finale?
THAT was a terrible decision and the person that killed her is going to raise those boys and 'comfort' her 'son' (cos really what despicable mother does that) on the loss of his wife???
I can't say i won't tune in next season to see Jax and the Sons spiral into nothingness and for Gemma to OD cos Jax found out and shunned her (cos really he doesn't deal with guilt very well so he won't be killing his mother).
And those poor children…..im shattered for them…they almost made it!
Can't even say 'RIP Tara' cos her boys are right where she didn't want them and there's no rest for her soul after this.

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@ Doreen GH

You are soooo right.. She ain't gonna rest... Those kids... Who's gonna save them now ?! I also agree that Gemma killing Tara was... pushing it. Why, how and again WHY ? I just can't...

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It's gonna be a long wait. Family dysfunction at it's best! Go "Sons." Go Sutter!

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@ Jan

BTW: did anyone else notice Juice's satisfaction in shooting Roosevelt? After all, it was Roosevelt who forced Juice to "rat," thus putting him into his current situation with the "Sons."

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@ Jan

Totally! Great point. That long pause before that shot of him standing over the scene, offering his hand to Gemma ... wow. I think he also had his residual feelings of guilt and loyalty toward Clay in mind as he did so - making the choice to save Clay's wife over avenging the murder of Jax's.

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For me there is no more SOA it was an always will be Tara & Jax..

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I am done...I have hoped and thought all along that Jax would let Tara and the Kids go and I was so happy when that was gonna happen, but then that skanky ass old bitch got involved and of course got out! Enough of Gemma already.
I just thought this would give Jax more "freedom" with out tara and the boys there, it could have lead to so many other things but nope we get the dirty hands of Gemma again all over something she knew nothing about and just couldnt keep out of! this was the end of SOA for me, ive cringed, cryed, bitched plenty of times but this...nah this was to much.

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It was an intense episode but the show has gone way past its prime. It's gotten way too convoluted and I feel Sutter tries too hard to go for the shock value. Finally after an entire season of Sons battling with different 'gangs', Jax gets everything straight with the gun business and the Irish, Niners and Chinese, and then the Mayans come in and mess everything up. Come on. And of course, Gemma and Tara. If the show had ended with Gemma getting caught by Roosevelt, that would've been powerful. But then he has to take it a step further and kill off Roosevelt, have Juice hide the evidence and Jax get caught there. It always goes a step too far. For better or worse, nothing is ever resolved. Not sure if I'll tune into season 7.

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@ DianaB

Well Jax won't be framed for Roosevelt. It wasn't his gun, there is no GSR on him. The karmic pain has just begun for next season.

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Ophelia died in Hamlet...Tara had to die. It was not surprising. Just the way she died was.

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@ Maria

BINGO!!!!! This is why Sutter ISN'T a brilliant writer and why he will NEVER get an Emmy. He is just re-writting Hamlet for modern times. And doing it poorly these days. But, he's making bank on it and is now milking it for all it is worth.

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@ Maria

I thought the sink of water was an homage to Ophelia drowning.

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@ Maria

When does Unser (Guildenstern) die? Running his damn mouth off because he has the Jones for Gemma has inadvertently lead to many deaths...

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@ Maria

Or they can just stop with the Hamlet comparisons.

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@ Jeff

Tell that to Shakespeare. Next season is going to be a bloodbath. There will be carnage with the Mayans. The boys will die under the hands of either gemma or wendy. It will drive jax crazy. The last person we'll see is the bag lady.

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New great-grandson named for character ABEL.

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I hated it. I know this show loves the shock value and they love to keep us guessing, but they had a chance to end the Tara/Jax feud peacefully, which is something I didn't even think was possible. Whatever they decide to do next year is not going to work in my opinion. The whole season in regards to Tara was about saving the boys from this life, so what do they do? They kill the one person who was going to make sure they had a good life. Now it's just going to be more of Jax getting revenge and killing people. I honestly thought they would turn to a different direction going into the final season. I've watched this show from day 1 and have been one of the biggest defenders of Sons, but now I'm honestly not sure if I'll tune in next season. Whatever they decide to do with Gemma is just going to feel fake and forced. Also, the character of Juice has been just awful for a couple seasons now. We get it, he's a mess, but it's been pure overkill and I don't even understand why he made it out of last season. Kill Tara but leave Juice? The show is just too all over the place for me.

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@ Jeff

totally agree

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This is a tragedy. It's Hamlet. This is not a travel toward an happy end at all. I was expecting this kind of dark and shocking journey. Sons of Anarchy made me discover The Shield: I won't spoil it here, but the two series are very important to understand how Sutter's mythologies work. I fear anything by that evil genius. Anything. Unlucky me, I really love his shows. You are a devastating, challenging and truly beautiful thing, Sons Of Anarchy.

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You don't know my Fans" well there is a fine line in this show but this was not the answer I think it would of made more sense to kill off Gemma Nero left her she went on a bender we all know she doesnt have control of herself crashed a car and died but killing Tara jax's character needs a light Tara as strange as she was - was it jaxs character can never come back the show has gone dark there is no form of balance no hope sometimes you get it wrong dark light hope death purpose chaos love hate this show will end in Hate maybe you should of called SONS Of Death or Gemma's Sons its not about liking Tara its all about the transformation NOTHING Organic about this you've made a big mistake

Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 13 Quotes

I've become the thing. The one I hated.

Jax

I need that rush of terror to get me out of bed in the morning. It's in my DNA.

Jax

Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 13 Music

  Song Artist
Jd-mcpherson-signs-and-signifiers Signs & Signifiers JD McPherson iTunes
Noah-gundersen-day-is-gone Day is Gone Noah Gundersen iTunes
Song We Better Run Parlor Hawk
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