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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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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (155 Votes)

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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

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This was hard too see. Tara dead are you kidding me? I cried when opie died, I cried a lot I was like NO.... My husband had to calm me down. I can not watch season 7 this makes no sense to kill of Tara and Gemma goes free. Is she going to let her son take the blame? Or is Sutter going to keep Gemma on the show because that is his off screen wife? She still did not get punished for JT's murder. Clay took that to his grave and Tara knew about it she read it but did not say anything. How many people will it take to die just to keep Gemma on the show? She needs to be in jail. I am so glad that Nero let her trashy ass go. Just like Tara said it's the wife when Nero said it's the life. Plain and simple juice needs to die weak punk.

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@ Mae

totally agree

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wrong the one light in Jax's character comes from Tara I don't agree that sutter went the right way here - he should of killed off his own wife Killing tara makes the show SONS OF DEATH if he wants this show this dark there is no way jaxs character can be normal after this I just think he made a mistake

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@ cavillino1

I totally agree with cavallino1

Snakethecritic

★★★✰✰ Honestly most finales leave me with questions. Not this one, I guess I just don't care anymore. I do want a Mommy and Sons of Anarchy T-Shirt.

Ronald simkins

Great episode finale. So convoluted, I only hope that Gemma's role comes to light in the next season. Poor Juice manipulated by many sides. If there is justice he will be the one who kills Gemma.

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