Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Report Card: Grade It!

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Only one Sons of Anarchy season remains.

But before we can look ahead to next year and wonder where the heck this show goes from the events on this month's finale, let's take a look back at Sons of Anarchy Season 6, debating the best character, the worst episode and more... TV Fanatic Report Card style!


Best Episode: Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 13. It was two hours of pure craziness with a concluding scene that was as moving and as painful as anything on television this year. Tremendous acting, shocking developments and major curiosity over how characters move forward on Season 7. What else could you want from a finale?

Worst Episode: Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 4, "Wolfangel." Yes, it featured Neo-Nazis, the killing of two club members and an attack on Unser. But this installment bothered me for reasons I outlined in my review: Jax essentially killed Tig. He left him to die at the hands of Marks, who spared Tig's life at the outset of the hour and... that was simply that. It was hard for me to reconcile Jax Teller as someone desperate to save his club, by allowing one of its key members to be executed.


Best Character: Nero Padilla. He's been an entertaining outlier in Charming, someone aware of how dangerous the game is and actually trying to remain on the sidelines. He's honest, he's caring, he's funny. And his decision to join up with the Mayans was one of the most intriguing cliffhangers from the finale.

Worst Character: Jax Teller. I expect to get a lot of grief for this one. But it doesn't say anything very good about the SAMCRO President when he needs a lawyer to tell him how he's being a terrible father... and husband... and man in general. Jax lost sight a long time ago of what's important and his family has now paid the ultimate price. Will he be redeemed? That's a major question for next season. For now, though, he has a very long way to go.

Most Shocking Scene: Tara's brutal death is the obvious answer, but I'll go with an example of Kurt Sutter being Kurt Sutter: Clay and Gemma were forced to have sex in front of a prison guard? Really?!?

Best Fashion Statement: Nero, always rocking a cardigan.

Most Welcome Death: Clay Morrow. It had been such a long time coming that it was more relieving than surprising. It says a great deal about how far the character had fallen in importance than his killing wasn't even the final scene of Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 11.

Overall Grade: B.

Hopes for 2014: Gosh, I have no idea. How can Jax possibly move on from here? And isn't he still bound for jail? And where does Juice go now? Can Gemma really keep her actions a secret? What becomes of a club with dwindling members and a major hit in revenue without the gun business? Yes, these are more questions than hopes, but all we can really hope for in its final season is that Sons of Anarchy goes out in a stunning, emotional, high-octane manner.

YOUR turn, SOA Fanatics. Watch Sons of Anarchy Season 6 online if you need to catch up and it now:

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Sons of Anarchy Quotes

Something happens at around 92 miles an hour - thunder-headers drown out all sound, engine vibrations travels at a heart's rate, field of vision funnels into the immediate and suddenly you're not on the road, you're in it. A part of it. Traffic, scenery, cops - just cardboard cutouts blowing over as you past. Sometimes I forget the rush of that. That's why I love these long runs. All your problems, all the noise, gone. Nothing else to worry about except what's right in front of you. Maybe that's the lesson for me today, to hold on to these simple moments. Appreciate them a little more - there's not many of them left. I don't ever want that for you. Finding things that make you happy shouldn't be so hard. I know you'll face pain, suffering, hard choices, but you can't let the weight of it choke the joy out of your life. No matter what, you have to find the things that love you. Run to them. There's an old saying, 'That what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger' I don't believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things - your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that'll keep you whole. Those are the things to hold on to when you're broken.


Jax: Some days you're the Beamer, some days you're the goddamn deer.
Chibs: Some yuppie creamed it out by the streams.
Jax: He run into it or hit a tree while it was giving him head?
Half-Sack: How the hell you want me to get it out of there? (Jax gets a chainsaw) Come on. Jesus, man.
Jax: Just pretend its carve your on steak night at the sizzler.
Half-Sack: I don't eat meat, man.
Jax: Figure it out, grunt.