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Sons of Anarchy Round Table: "A Mother's Work"

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We're all still reeling from Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 13.

And, needless to say, Jax Teller will never be the same again.

Below our TV Fanatics Carla Day, Christine Orlando, and Matt Richenthal are joined by Melanie Martin from Sons-of-Anarchy.net to debate the chances for Gemma's redemption and what we expect from Sons of Anarchy season 7.

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Rate the shock and awe of Tara's death on a scale of 1 to 10.

Carla: 10! It's been a couple days and I still haven't recovered from her death. It's not just that she was killed, but the how and why of her death that make it so tragic. Tara went from walking into her house with a smile on her face to being drowned in dirty dish water and killed with a carving fork to the head. A CARVING FORK! I had to look away. I couldn't take it. The bloodied dishwater in the sink ... 

I'm furious that it happened. Gemma has always been a wild card. Why didn't Jax let her know what was going on? The poor boys. Tara protected them and now who will look out for them? Tragic. Sad. Devastating!

Melanie: I have to say 10!! I always had Tara for the endgame. Even when they came face to face in the kitchen, I didn't think it would go that far. Sutter totally blindsided me on that one! 

Christine: Can I give it a 12? Like Carla I knew there was the possibility that Tara wouldn't survive the finale but the way she was killed still has me reeling. When it happened I found myself yelling no and turning away from the screen.  I'm afraid I'll never look at a carving fork again without think of that scene. 

Matt: Shock? 2. Awe, in terms of HOW it went down? 35. That was simply brutal. What else can even be said? There's no way for Gemma to be redeemed at this point, even if the series did do a valiant effort in depicting why she had fallen so far, so fast.

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Can Gemma come back from this? Can she keep this secret? Will she self-destruct? Discuss?

Carla: She better not. I've never liked Gemma, so I have no sympathy at all for her. She deserves to rot for this. There's no redemption for what she did. If her history is any indication, she'll get away with it. Or, when it comes out, she'll be forgiven. How? I have no clue and hope that it doesn't happen. She should self-destruct and a bazillion other evil things should happen to her.. I'm so upset about it, I can't....

Melanie: The way that the character of Gemma has been evolving this season, I think that she will really struggle with the weight of it. I almost feel like she may come clean to Jax herself eventually. I think it depends on what Jax's situation is as a result of it.

Christine: I can't even imagine how they can redeem Gemma. I don't think it's possible after this. I see a season long arc to her destruction…or at least that's the way I hope it plays out. 

Matt: I don't see how she can. Yes, she was reeling from Nero's breakup. Sure, she believed Tara had ratted on SAMCRO and was gonna steal her grandchildren. But she STABBED HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW MULTIPLE TIMES WITH A FORK. Katey Sagal is mesmerizing in the role, we can all feel Gemma'e extreme pain. But she's way too far down the murderous rabbit hole now.

How many episodes will Juice last in Season 7.

Carla: Despite Juice's depression and struggles, he's resilient. I think he could make it. Maybe.... 

Melanie: I think that depends on how long it takes for someone to see the homeless woman pushing her buggy around Charming wearing Gemma's blood stained designer boots!

Christine: I didn't think Juice would survive the end of this season so it may be longer than I think. He's such a mess. He seems to be spiraling into a psychotic mess. Of course in the world of SAMCRO those seem to be the types that thrive. 

Matt: I'll give him four. Let's face it: everyone will pretty much die on Season 7. And Juice seems most likely to go first.

What was your favorite scene from this Sons of Anarchy Season 6 episode?

Carla: It's a combination of two scenes. First, when Jax and Tara were at the picnic table. Tara's concern for the boys and acceptance of her fate showed the strength of her character. And, Jax's understanding and love for her demonstrated his core. Then at the motel, I loved when Patterson walked in and Jax and Tara stood there as a united force. Jax's decision to turn himself in was the right thing to do for his family. The sequence of events perfectly ended with them saying, "I love you." After so much hurt, they found their way back to each other.

Melanie:  As heartbreaking as it was to watch, the final scene was my favorite. Charlie was absolutely phenomenal!! Where is his EMMY?!

Christine:  Wow! There were just so many amazing scenes in this episode. But for me it was Jax and Tara at the picnic table. Tara was willing to die knowing she'd done everything possible for her boys and only asked that Jax not do it in front of the kids. She put all of her feelings out there knowing there was nothing left to lose. It was an incredibly powerful, raw, and open conversation.

Matt: Patterson talking to Jax inside the ice cream shop. She finally said everything many of us have been thinking for awhile: Why are you putting your role in a club in front of your responsibilities as a husband, father and a man? In other words: What the heck is the matter with you?!?

Make your predictions for the final season of Sons of Anarchy.

Carla:  When Jax walked into the kitchen, I was screaming (literally or in my head, I'm not sure) for Jax to stay away from Tara's body. Patterson's going to believe he killed Tara, but he will be cleared when the gun on the ground is found to not be the murder weapon. Plus, the murder weapon is missing from the scene. 

Jax will go back on his deal to take the blame and fight it. After that ... I have no clue. In the end, Jax will do what's best for his sons over the Sons. He will honor his dead wife by leaving Charming and do for her in death what he couldn't do when she was alive. Okay, that's probably a dream, but I can hope, right?

Melanie:  I have no idea what path Sutter takes from here, but for the club, a Mayan war is definitely in their future. As for Jax, I have always believed it'll come down to a showdown with Gemma in the end. The only way he and his boys will ever be free is for him to take her out.

Christine:  I like Carla's scenario but I doubt we'll get it. Kurt Sutter has said that there are lots of similarities in this show to Hamlet and almost everyone dies in that! Jax would have to walk away from the club to be a good father to those boys and I can't imagine that happening easily, especially with the war with the Mayans starting. 

It makes me ill to think of Gemma taking care of those boys. I hope that Jax finds out that she killed Tara because without that confrontation I don't think I'll be satisfied.  

Matt: Death, death and a lot more death.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Don't be so sure regarding Chibbs and Bobby. I suspect of the two, that Chibbs will live to fight another day, as he seems to be the one and only member of SAMCRO who truly loves and is loyal to Jax. If the analogies to Hamlet ring true to the bitter end, then be forewarned, something still stinks within the state of Denmark. SAMCRO has a turncoat in its midst. It could be Juice, and it wouldn't surprise me if it is, but I'm not 100% convinced that Bobby's motives for breaking away from the club early in the season were as altruistic as we would be led to believe. I believe there is more to be seen from that particular venture. That will remain to be seen. As for season 7, Things are not yet right with the Chinese, and as of the end of Season 6, he is still their prisoner. I expect Happy to meet his maker very early on in Season 7 as a result of the fallout with the Chinese. Also, expect Tig to make a hasty exit also, as I believe things with August Marks won't quite turn out as well as hoped. I think Unser will live to the end of the show, despite being terminally ill. Will post more thoughts later... gotta run for now.

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It was the Donna sequence all over again. Thinking someone was going to rat... When no one ever did.

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Season 7. Jemma wakes up from her drunken/ drugged up bing to realize the scene was a dream. She snaps and calls Nero, all is good. JAX goes to prison for 6 months, while Tara moves with the kids. Jax helps run the club with Bobby from prison and Nero gets over his head with the Mayans. He kills the leader and takes over the club. When JAX gets out of prison, he and Nero join forces to become a bigger, stronger , cleaner out of Compton Tig has a twisted affair with Jemma and ends up killing her ,when Nero finds out in the Finale. JAX and Nero lead a new era of the club out of Compton to set up the next season. New challenges and new cast start a fresh look. Troubles arise when Compton gangs get twisted about lose of territory. In the finale , Juicey, Bobby, and Abel........are al gone.....the new revenge begins!

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@ Dave

I am a writer on the show.....loser

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@ Dave

thank christ you're not a writer on this show.

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If Nero doesn't use Juice's confession against Jax in any way, then Juice will get a pass especially after saving Gemma from the crime scene. SAMCRO will mete out its own justice as it deems necessary. The club will vote on Gemma's and Juice's fate. Brown and Yellow will lose the war against Black and White. August Marks is far more connected than Brown and Yellow will ever be, thus He and SAMCRO will win the war allowing the club to go legit thus enabling Jax to live out the rest of his life with his sons. The End.

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Juice needs to go...he indirectly caused the heartbreak and destruction!! If he hadn't told Nero what he did then Nero would not have told Gemma he needed a break and Gemma wouldn't have reacted the way she did and come after Tara. Next season should be very interesting but I don't think that Jax will kill his own mother, he didn't kill Tara even after he thought she was going to betray him and his club..just goes to show how one little thing could have a snowball effect on so many lives...so therefore Juice needs to go ;)

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@ Sally

Hear, hear!!

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I think that Kurt Sutter has already telegraphed Gemma's end. I have been watching my DVRd season 6 and I think the parallels between Venus' mother and what Gemma has become (A mother who hurts her children for her own gain) are subtle but there. It seems to me that his decision to shoot Venus' mother was a spur of the moment thing driven by an old sadness and it will return when he finds out that his mother is the one who killed his wife and when he most likely finds out that Gemma is the one most responsible for the death of his father. I foresee a scene very similar in which Jax shoot Gemma in much the same way.

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I’ve been a fan of the show since its beginning & even the most shocking scenes so far have mostly been justified with plot, character development or circumstantial . That said I think you’ve lost me on the final episode of Season 6. It doesn’t work, or make sense in any capacity to have killed Tara, especially having Gemma do it……why, because she was drunk, or she thought she had turned against the club, or had a slight fall out with Nero, that’s just bullshit. Gemma has hated Tara far worse in previous seasons & had far easier opportunities to kill her if that’s what ”needed” to be done & yet she hasn’t, that action didn't fit with the Gemma character. If anything killing off Tara earlier on would have worked out better, season 1 by the crazy ATF ex-bf guy, or by the Irishman who killed Halfsack before taking Jax's son, either would have been an improvement on the excessive and misplaced scenario of her death at the end of season 6. Sorry to all the fans I know this type of comment will probably piss off. Sorry to the writing team & Kurt Sutter who thought that making this decision in writing was going to create enough shock to keep people coming back for another season, I hope it doesn’t. As for me & hopefully in some others opinion it was an error in judgement and actually for once in the whole six seasons of the show the relatively happier alternative ending was in my opinion the better way to go.

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@ Just_An_Opinion

I can't imagine any other character being the one to kill Tara. Gemma's obsession with "her boys" is what fueled her rage. The thought that Tara could win in the end was intolerable. Drunkenness was only the lube for her special kind of crazy.

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@ Just_An_Opinion

AGREE

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This was one of the toughest episodes to watch, much like when Opie died, I was in tears, yelling at the tv "No, No, Why?" I think that Gemma needs to meet Mr. Mayhem like yesterday, that B**** has caused so much hurt and confusion it's time she be slain much the way she did Tara!!! Gemma has made so many assumptions that if she wasn't bat s*** crazy, she may have known better then to assume and just ask questions instead of making an ass out of herself like the saying goes!!! I say, I Love You Jax and I pray that season 7 saves him from the evil and he is able to finally save his boys from Charming once and for all!!!

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Devastated by Tara's death, but as it was mentioned - it's the HOW and the WHY that still has me reeling. I think at some point I knew it would happen, just not the way it happened! Gemma needs her comeuppance. She's gotten away with too much sh** for far too long. She is now beyond my reach of pity and understanding. She needs to feel the weight of the suffering she has caused. Those poor boys growing up without their Mother, Jax without his wife…man, what does that look like? How could she do that to her son?! I hope that Jax will continue to do what's best for his boys, see out what Tara tried to achieve--but I can easily see him completely losing his sh**. He might even welcome death just to stop the pain. I just want his suffering to end.

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Thinking about this series I say Bobby or Chibs will off Gemma. These two men love Jax and think he has been thru enough and has done more than what was called for regarding the club. In the end who knows, only Kurt Sutter. I am thinking of all plausible scenarios and my head and heart hurts. Until we chat again in Sept.