Sons of Anarchy Post Mortem: Maggie Siff, Katey Sagal, Kurt Sutter on Deadly Finale, Plus Scoop on Season 7 -- 'Jax Is Completely Untethered'

Sons Of Anarchy Tara DeathIf you have yet to watch Tuesday’s Sons of Anarchy season finale, hit the nearest exit. Everyone else, read on…

As far as brutal, emotionally eviscerating onscreen deaths go, Tara’s meat-fork murder at the hands of Gemma in Tuesday’s Sons of Anarchy finale will be tough to top. But as difficult as it was to watch, imagine how grueling it must’ve been for their respective portrayers, Maggie Siff and Katey Sagal, to execute.

Actually, no need to imagine — read on as both actresses recall what it was like to shoot — and watch! — the grisly sequence. Sons boss Kurt Sutter also reveals when he knew Tara had to die and what’s ahead for Jax and the rest of the Sons in the FX hit’s seventh and final season.

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It seemed as though this could have been the end of the series, emotionally…
KURT SUTTER | Obviously, it’s a major shift in the mythology. I knew, ultimately, where I wanted to take Jax in [the] final season… I wanted to remove his ‘True North,’ because I feel like there needs to be this major psychic and emotional shift that has to happen. What direction it will push him in we will see next season. But what happens to a guy like that now that he’s lost both of the people he loves the most, who were able to be his moral compass, with Opie and now Tara. It really is Jax completely untethered and on his own in the final season.

Kurt, when did you decide that this was the right time for Tara to go? And Maggie, when did you find out?
SUTTER | I knew fairly early on that Tara would die before the final season — probably as early as Season 2. I didn’t quite now exactly how it was going to happen in terms of story, but in terms of a mythology mile-mark, [I knew] that’s when it would happen.
MAGGIE SIFF | We had a conversation about it in the beginning of the season and Kurt told me, so I had some time to wrap my mind around it…

Can you talk about shooting that kitchen scene? And what was it like watching it back?
SIFF: Watching it was really hard. Shooting it was really hard. Because the character ends, my experience of shooting it was really about feeling everything around me, which was Katey and Charlie — and that was really painfully hard. The sense of loss is really [about] the people you leave behind — and I was so aware of their loss. But it wasn’t about me, it was about them. It was very surreal. And at the same time, digesting that this character I’ve been with so long is going away. Watching it put into story and into the context of the entire series and everything we’ve all been through together, that was hard.
KATEY SAGAL | [Choked up] It was really hard… I was nervous abut it the whole time. I think I was just in denial and that [Kurt would] actually change his mind.[Laughs] The biggest struggle for me was to remain truly with Gemma.. The truth of it is that she’s not aware of the things going on behind the scenes. I think that’s maybe why it was so hard [for me] to watch, becasue it was so clear. But in the moment for Gemma, all [she] knew was that [Tara] had ratted. She had betrayed my son, she had betrayed my club, she was taking my grandchildren away — all the things that were Gemma’s center. In that moment, there’s a blind rage that goes on. It’s not premeditated act — she didn’t even know she was going to see her… As Kurt’s reminded me all these years, she’s not Katey. This is a violent world; these are violent people… This s–t goes on. First of all, I love Maggie. We’ve been the little female island in this testosterone world. It’s so interesting because as an actor, it was kind of awesome to do things you haven’t done — I’ve never killed anyone violently in anything before. It was really hard to watch. Charlie was so devastatingly beautiful at the end, and everybody. Theo [Rossi]! And Tommy crying at the end… Everybody. It’s a great bunch of people and they’re all doing great work.

What went into planning that death scene? Why did Tara die in that way?
SUTTER | I knew I wanted it to be simple and pedestrian and of Gemma’s world, not of the club’s world. I didn’t want it to be a gun or a knife. There’s almost something more horrific in terms of us seeing Gemma in that opening montage washing dishes and you have no idea that something as simple as dirty dish water and a carving fork would be used as implements of death… Gemma is just reacting, as Katey said. Gemma is wired to react — not unlike her son — and then clean up the pieces later… I made the decision to cut after that scene… There was a moment where Katey looks back at that fork, so you don’t see her face and it’s almost a moment of, ‘Oh, where did that come from?’ And then coming back to that scene and it’s like she just lived through a bombing and is completely in shock. Katey and I had discussions about it and the emotionalality that was going on with Katey leading up to those scenes defined where that scene went… Initially, I didn’t have Eli giving her the info about Tara, but then I realized that would be a missed opportunity… It all dovetailed into each other….

Where will next season pick up?
SUTTER | I don’t want to lose the weight of what’s happened [in the finale]. There may be a little bit of time [passed] like we had this season, which will be a few weeks… But there won’t be a vast amount of time.

Will Jimmy Smits be back as Nero?
SUTTER | Yeah, we made a deal with Jimmy. I love him and feel that he brings such gravitas to the show… I want to be able to play that out.
SAGAL: I just want to know if [he and Gemma] break up… [Laughs]

What’s the plan for Peter Weller?
SUTTER | Even if I wanted Peter to go away, Peter wouldn’t go away. [Laughs] Peter will be back. A lot of that stuff is happening in Stockton. And I’d love to bring back Kim [Dickens]’ character as well.

What lies ahead for Juice now that he’s on the outs with Jax and has aided and abetted Gemma?
SUTTER | I’m not quite sure exactly where that’s headed. Knowing that he’s betrayed Jax is not necessarily a place that you want to be in in the outlaw community… I don’t think it was a calculated move on Juice’s part [to save Gemma]; in the moment he did what was expected of him… But now the great thing is that we get this rich dynamic between the two of them. They were tied with the whole Clay of it all and now they’re deeply tied with this secret… Now we have really something fun to play with.

How does Gemma come back from this?
SAGAL | I truly have no idea. I don’t know. I’ve asked him questions: Is that a secret she holds? She’s a good secret-keeper. Is that something she self-destructs behind? And Kurt will figure that out for sure.

Patterson made it clear that she’d take Jax down if this plan doesn’t pan out — will CCH Pounder be back next season to make good on that?
SUTTER | I’d love to bring CC back and we’re in the process of trying to bring her back… That relationship between [Jax and Patterson] was way more potent than anything I could have imagined with Donal [Logue]’s character. She’s got that really strong maternal energy, but it’s a little bit masculine. We got to see [that dynamic] play out in that scene [at the ice cream shop]. I’d love to bring her back and play with what does she do now? Procedurally, what would happen is they would bring Jax in and place him in custody and question him extensively. We’ll see what that all looks like [next year]. I just knew that I didn’t want to end the season on a police beat.

Maggie, talk about the power of that Jax/Tara scene in the park.
SIFF | I feel like that was the most important scene in the episode. I knew it was the only moment for Jax and Tara to really penetrate each other, in a sense. It was very tricky because coming to the point where I actually believed it was possible that Jax could kill [her] was a long, hard and scary place to get to… I also really felt like she had to believe her time was up. It was about saying all the things she had to say to him and reckoning with herself… It was a lot to carry and I don’t know how I feel about it. [Laughs] It was a hard day at work. But whenever I work with Charlie I just feel like we find our way together and I just hoped for the best.

Kurt, when did you decide that Eli had to go?
SUTTER | When he became a series regular on The Mentalist. [Laughs] That’s only half true. I love Rockmond [Dunbar], he’s a great guy and actor. We had talked about a couple different ways to not necessarily write him out but creating an opportunity to bring someone else in in case he wasn’t available next season. It was in writing that scene that I realized there was an [opportunity] for Juice to cross that line, to have him protect Gemma. It all happened organically…

Maggie, do you think the fact that Jax was about to forigve Tara and understand where she was coming from will help your cause with the Tara haters?
SIFF | I don’t know. I can’t really speak to the Tara haters. [Laughs] The Tara haters love Jax and Jax loves Tara, so therein lies the confusion for me. The people out there who want Tara to die, I find that confusing on a number of levels… If you root for Jax then you sort of root for Tara and Jax because they love each other and she’s a big part of his happiness…. So, I don’t know. I think the Tara haters are kind of irrational. [Laughs] It was important for me that Jax and Tara had love in the end. I really didn’t want the series to end for me with this continued alienation into distrust [and] into hate and into death between Jax and Tara; that felt wrong to me after everything they’ve been through together and fighting for all these years. There’s this romantic center to these people and the Jax-Tara love story is a real piece of that. That’s what makes this series work in a way; these people love each other passionately… You really feel that and I felt that was true to the Jax-Tara story.

The “Team Gemma” response online always seems to be overwhelming. Do you think that might shift now, Katey?
SAGAL | I haven’t paid a lot of attention… I know that’s there; I’m not worried about it. [Laughs] I have had a few moments where I knew everyone would hate Gemma now… But, ultimately, in that moment she’s not really thinking anything except her base instinct, which is that she’s a violent woman and that is the way she’s lived her life for many many years. And I think she has enormous remorse when she realizes the truth of the matter.
SUTTER | I think Team Sadness will win. [Laughs]

Any closing remarks?
SUTTER | Working with these two women — obviously Katey being my wife — I had never intended for the female characters to jump out and become as strong as they have been. It was this organic arc that happened because I had these two actresses who can turn a 5 or 6 on the page into an 8 or 9 or 10 on the screen… I want to thank Maggie. I’ve been a fan of hers since I saw her on Mad Men; she’s a tremendous actress. And I want to thank her for making me a better writer these last six seasons.

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299 Comments
  1. V says:

    Aw, I felt a bit bad for Katey on this Anarchy Afterword thing. Also, all the sexist remarks directed at Katey Sagal bc she is “married with the boss” so that’s why her character gets to live is ridiculous. Do y’all seriously see this as a “victory” for Gemma? Sutter may have not killed “his wife” but he sure has hell doesn’t even paint Gemma in a positive light anymore. I just wish people would learn how to separate the actors and the characters. Charlie, Katey, Maggie were phenomenal in this episode. I think the show jumped the shark tonight, but I solely blame that on the writing, not the acting or ANY of the actors.

    • KK says:

      There is not a doubt in my mind that Gemma will get her comeuppance. I think the most disappointing thing for me is that the hope that they’d end up together allowed me to justify all the other stuff…the really bad stuff…I cannot see where this is going, and up until now i have been a faithful follower with a bit of blind faith that it would all work out in the end. Beyond disappointed because even the best “worse case scenarios” are pretty dismal. I stayed because I was holding out hope for them. BTW super performances by the actors/actresses! Charlie, Katey, Maggie, Tommy, Theo and Jimmy were awesome. Just so damn disappointed.

      • It’s called “Sons of Anarchy” about a violent outlaw biker gang. How do you think its going to end?

        • Francine says:

          I can’t speak for anyone else but when I watch a show like this, I need a little bit of hope in an otherwise twisted and depressing world. That’s what makes it so compelling to watch. Without that little spark, I feel like im watching a show that is purely about violence and heartache. I always felt that Sons was more than that, even if I was just fooling myself. You know these people are terrible, you know its not going to end pretty, but you still have that glimmer of hope that something, anything, good can come out of all the tragedy. Tara’s brutal death took all that away for me. I will still watch the final season if only to see Gemma finally get what she deserves but it just won’t be the same for me now. That’s just my opinion though, others will disagree I’m sure :)

          • Pat D. says:

            There wasn’t any glimmer of hope in the ending of Sutter’s last series either, so I would’t bet on seeing it in SoA next season…. ;)

          • Sara Salmon says:

            I am so very disappointed that they killed Tara. I feel the same as Francine. The show has ended for me. If I do watch, it’s to see that Jax finds out the truth that Gemma killed Tara. I want to see Gemma and Juice gets punished. Don’t tell me outlaws don’t love!!

          • suzi says:

            You basically took the words out of my mouth. I feel the same way you do. I am not going to swear off the show but I really wanted to see one of the “good people” make it thru.

          • I feel exactly the way you do about the show and about what happened in the finale. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

          • redd says:

            I agree with this comment 100% you watch hoping love can prevail. Only to keep getting disappointed. And then to be slap with something so permit. I was in disbelief I was like Tara get up!!! I just hope Jax and Wendy don’t end up together now no no… And Gemma gets her she killed her sons first true love and wife and mother. Tgeres no boucing back from that …

          • abz says:

            I 100% agree. I’m not gonna swear off the show completely because I know I will probably tune in, but emotionally and in terms of my investment in the show, I’d say this episode ended Sons of Anarchy for me for good. I will watch to see Gemma finally get what she deserves and see how the show ends, but this absolutely ruined the show for me. Tara was my favourite and to see her go out like that, so brutal and so gruesome was just heart-wrenching. It was sadder that Carter and Person of Interest. It was the worst death I have seen on this show and maybe TV period. I know it’s a TV show, but I’m still in shock and anger.

          • Al H says:

            Perfect description Francine for me the show has ended also i will only be watching the last season to see gemma and juice get whats coming to them.

          • I feel the same way Francine! There seems to be no hope now for Jax or the rest of the SOA crew, had I known I probably would have stopped watching after last season.

          • Pam says:

            I just don’t want Gemma raising Jax’s kids or the kids going to Wendy. It would be heartbreaking to see the kids being taken away and put into foster homes. Hopefully it would be a good foster home.

          • I WILL NOT be watching SOA anymore. I am sick of the brutal murders week after week. I don’t consider watching someone brutally murdered as entertainment. It’s just plain sick. This is the kind of thing that desensitizes your heart to brutality, and makes it totally normal for a kid to walk upcand just shoot someone. After all, he’s seen it so often on Tv, movies and video games. Good bye SOA

          • I agree Francine,it ended it for me…..you are left with 2 little boys,a house full of bikers,a drug addict.it all equals a DEAD END. !And to have to be sooo brutal with her death ? It really ruined it for me.I am in my early 60’s- one word comes to mind….Bruce Dern. I am happy Nero finally realized Katey brings destruction where ever she goes.As far as the acting of Maggie and Charlie ,Superb!

          • Moustach says:

            Je suis vraiment très déçu que tara meurt , Malgres toutes cette violence je penser vraiment que Kurt aurai fini avec tara et jax !! J’ai plus envie de suivre le série il y aura un grand vide sans tara et opi ……

          • Hilary says:

            Sutter has told us all along this is Hamlet. There is no way for the lover and the mother to both live and the king himself will fall…….

          • Mark says:

            Gemma needs to die….

          • I agree only watch last season to make sure gets her dues

          • HollyLOVESjax says:

            OK! People! Tara was a SNITCH! She did nothing but whine and she knew what life she chose! I mean to have kids at All when ur in their lifestyle is stupid to begin with. But it happened! But what I wouldn’t of done was go behind jax back and make deals with THE STUPID LAW! I would have kept jax updated on all the info and done ANYTHJNG I could to make sure jax understood the seriousness In the situation and I would have given jax OPTIONS AND he would have made the same choice be made ! He’s a good man and this show shows the true meaning of brotherhood! The bitch had to go

          • Ling says:

            I am upset at the ending of S6 because all this could of been avoided if they just communicated! Why is it so hard to tell the man that you swore an oath to that there were issues that needed to be dealt with!? I mean in the beginning Jax was willing to let her go and take the kids but she decided to stay with him. Why did she feel the need to go behind his back and try to make deals with the DA? When I am pretty sure he would of just let her go if she had asked. I as well was hoping for them to come out on top and no matter the trials & tribulations they have been through they at least had each other and their boy’s…but nope. I will only be tuning in to watch Gemma & Juice die! I hope the death they have planned for those two will suffice the fellow viewers that feel the same way I do.

          • amd says:

            Agreed. I won’t watch, I will catch up in a few months once it’s all over, I am sure one of my friends will tell me what happened to Jax. There’s just no point now, it’s beyond dark, it’s gruesome, depressing and pointless. Gemma was always controlling, bitchy, she could be really cruel, but there was a sweetness to her too, a person inside you could relate to. Now, she’s just a grotesque, vile, cowardly murderer.

            The moral of the story is if you fall in love too young and with the wrong guy and try to save yourself and two innocent children from a god awful life of violence and misery you will end up brutally murdered and your husband will end up motherless, wifeless and utterly destroyed with two little orphaned kids to look after. Super.

        • Debra says:

          I love SOA, always have. Loved Jax and Tara together, with the precious boys. What acting!!! Stellar performances by all, and I hate it that none of you will be voted on at EMMY time, THAT makes me so mad, because every single one of you deserves a statue. I will miss Maggie Siff. The love they shared together was amazing, and the last scene with Charlie holding her, kissing her, and then wistfully sobbing over her made me sob. WOW, I’m still reeling a day later. Great writing Kurt Sutter.

          • Sandy B says:

            I just finished watching and feel the same! THE LOVE STORY between Jax and Tara was the true fantasy.. It was was rooting for them to make it! Why did you feel it needed to be destroyed! It was the wrong way to spin the story I feel! I am crying and sad! I do not think I will enjoy the show anymore either!

          • R. Ridgley says:

            Why were there no golden globe noms, and winners…awesome show; writing, acting,etc! Hopefully they won’t be snubbed for emmy’s, if they are there can only mean the usual “politics” of the industry. That would be a shame, but not surprising.

      • Justin says:

        SOA is a loose re-telling of Hamlet, spoiler alert: EVERYONE is going to die!

        • amd says:

          Not everyone. Horatio lives, his best friend. And let’s not forget, Ophelia killed herself by drowning out of some bizarre grief over her dad and not being able to be with Hamlet. She wasn’t mercilessly stabbed to death with a kitchen utensil by Gertrude as a punishment for trying to escape a life of abject violence and misery. And she didn’t leave two innocent children behind.

          I loved Hamlet. Every adult in Hamlet brought some of their own suffering upon themselves, and even Ophelia chose her own death. This is just grotesque. Anybody who thinks Tara deserved that needs their head read. (Not saying you do, just pre empting any witless comments).

      • Ruth says:

        I agree with you. There’s no show left for me now. Especially since I can’t face “When’s Mommy coming home?”

        • Christi says:

          I agree don’t know if I can watch next season been watching since season 1.. The thought of Abel asking for his mommy or Gemma watching them until Jax gets out kills me. I hope he goes on a mass killing spree and Kills her juice n Nero….

          • laura says:

            I cannot bare to hear that. I, like an ass, seen the showing Thurs. at 11. I can’t stop crying. I think I’m nuts. I have taken the characters, Jax I love, to heart. The show was on again Sat. at 11, I did not watch. I’m afraid Sutter will kill off the boys, remember the Shield. I’m going to be a basket case next Sept. My head hurts thinking about all the possibilities for next Sept. I need a life!

          • Cameron Rice says:

            i think jax will definitely go on a killing spree, and I hope he bashes gemma’s head in with a snow globe or a pipe like he did to that corrupt cop

          • Cameron Rice says:

            Gemma has GOT TO GO, I’m so sick of her, I never liked her

      • Penn says:

        Now I really wAnt the Hamlet ending! Kill the Queen, because she allowed/ created all the violence! Tara & Jax made me keep coming back. Now there isn’t anything left except killing Gemma & Juice. That might keep me interested. Jax even lost his appeal . Sutter will make sure
        Jax ends up with Wendy the junky. Bobby confirmed to Tara that jax needs a woman in his life. Sutter needs the big boobs, cheap looking women to be the main focus…porn stars keep his interest. Have you noticed the followers he actually answers on Twitter? He replies to porn star wannabes. Wendy will ride off into the sunset with Jax. I hope the homeless woman ends up with his kids.

      • vivian says:

        i know what you are saying. I wanted it to end happy for Jax and Tara! :(

    • umbongo says:

      Being married to the boss is not sexism but picking favourites. I may or may not agree with your point but at least understand what sexism is and is not. Yet another term thrown around far to easy these days where it should not be.

    • Josh says:

      Yeah Gemma is totally dying next season….This wasn’t about keeping his wife around, it was about heading the two major figures in the show(Gemma and Jax) towards a very violent end game.

      • V says:

        Exactly! Gemma was always a big part of the entire show from day one so it only makes sense that her and Jax make it out to the finale.

      • Winter says:

        Yes it will be the clash of the two monsters on the show made all the tragic because they are family. And yes I love Jax and he can do good things but he is also a monster when his rage takes hold.

      • Josh says:

        This show has always been modeled after McBeth, Kurt Sutter has alluded to it multiple times. So bringing the show down to Mother and Son was inevitable.

    • MikeyM says:

      Horrible that they killed the only likable character left.

      • LWashburm says:

        Oh paleeze. Tara? She was a two face–she just wanted a bad boy but couldnt take the heat. She was however a good mother–its just a shame it ended the way it did. That was gruesome

        • I don’t agree that they killed off the only remaining “likeable” character. I think that they killed off any remaining hope for any of the people of this world. I loathe Gemma and now will watch the show only in hopes that the b1tch will get her comeuppance. What an awful, warped and loathesome human being.

        • Jate says:

          How was Tara two faced. I think you mean Gemma. Tara loved Jax, left and came back. love never maked sense. Tara was smart, her love for Jax over ruled he common sense. I think people need to rewatch the realtionship between Tara and Gemma. I binged watch 6 seasons in 2 months. Tara was there for Gemma when she was ganged raped, when Gemma was on the run, accidently killed that nurse protecting Gemma. Tara also beat the crap out of that women who came after Gemma remember Nero half sister. So go Ah paleeze yourself.
          No plans to watch S7 untile the finale, to me no point.
          When people decide to watch a show, and so glad I did not spend six years watching and waiting for the return of a show. The show is violent get that. People really want love and hope, killing Tara took hope away. People are still reeling about her death. That is natural even if it is a tv show.
          Her death was probaly the worst i have ever seen on tv or in the movies. Suttter got his shock and awe. I really think Tara death should have been the end of the Series. Jax pain, even Gemma crime and punishment, would be their guilt. They live but their souls are dead, kinda like Opie.

        • shar says:

          You are one of the only people who feels as I do about tara, she was a two faced hypocrite. I never considers her a “good person”. She slept with jax for the first time on the show with her dead ex bf’s body in the room, so she knew what was up.

        • HollyLOVESjax says:

          Agreed! She wasn’t my favorite of the arc

    • Anita says:

      If Juice covers it up and Gemma doesn’t say anything she’ll get away with it, that’s the problem. We are tired of Gemma not facing consequences when every other character does. It defies logic.

      • gstrickland says:

        She can only hide it for so long… when Patterson walked and seen Tara and Eli dead, she immediately seen the gun and looked at Jax. Sadly, he’s gonna get blamed for this. Will Gemma have enough humanity left in her not to let her son go down for murdering the mother of his children? Being this is the upcoming final season, I believe that Sutter is saving the best for last. Gemma will finally get hers (hopefully) and the truth will come about – about Tara and John Teller. It’s about the only way I can watch. She needs to be incarcerated and maybe she should go out like Otto!

        • Isaac Hunt says:

          I doubt Jax will get the blame ultimately, although he is clearly the obvious suspect in Patterson’s eyes. The time of Tara and Eli’s deaths won’t gel with Jax’s arrival on the scene, it wasn’t his gun that killed Eli, all of the murder weapons were disposed of by Juice, and as Jax didn’t fire a weapon he would likely pass a gunshot residue test which would be routine after a murder like Eli’s. Maybe I’m taking this all too seriously :)

          I think a big part of next season will be Jax trying to find out what really happened to Tara, which will inevitably lead to a showdown with Gemma. The show is loosely based on Hamlet, and now Ophelia (Tara) and Claudius (Clay) are gone the final season should see the deaths of Hamlet (Jax) and Gertrude (Gemma). Kurt Sutter put it best when he said Team Sadness will win, this show was never about a happy ending in my opinion.

          • Winter says:

            I agree with absolutely everything you are saying except I doubt he would pass a GSR test. He has shot a gun in the last few days and lets face it he has shot so many guns he probably has permanent GSR on his hands. Everything else is exactly what I was thinking

          • Debra says:

            Well said Isaac Hunt. Jax will find out about his Momma.

          • Alex Thompson says:

            I think Jax will blame Nero for Tara’s death. Earlier in the finale, Nero talked about the innocent mother’s death and karma. I can see Jax linking the murder to Nero after that dding to the ramp up of the black/white and brown/yellow war.

          • Crystal says:

            Jax probably does have GSR on his hands, but the bullet fired will not match his gun. If the gun used by Juice was left behind it still wouldn’t add up because of fingerprints or a lack thereof (if) wiped clean. Plus Tara’s death was with the meat fork and Eli was shot in the back. The evidence would show two suspects at the very least and a specific scenerio of events. Ok, so I’ve been watching way too much court tv….
            Anyway, loved Tara and her fierce desire to protect her boys from the outlaw lifestyle and the pain and suffering she had witnessed it bring on everyone involved. I’m tired of Gemma getting away with betrayal after betrayal (something she swears to despise) and I can’t wait to see her get hers…That is all..lol

        • LWashburm says:

          Jax will get blamed but exonerated–its too obvious. Juice will come forward since he already betrayed Jax and take the fall for it all (also to protect Gemma) considering he knows he is gonna die anyway.

      • dan says:

        EXACTLY. Everyone pays a penance except for Gemma. This is the flaw in Kurt Sutter’s storytelling. I think Gemma and Jax should die. Quickly.

        • Ruth says:

          The whole way of life for this club is that there is always a consequence. This is a revenge drama–retaliation is the name of the game, but somehow, Gemma goes scott free time after time.

        • Myra Hallihan says:

          Omg buddie they make the dhow what it is..without them its nothing

    • Jake says:

      I agree. This whole season and season 5 seemed to be leading up to this. My problem is I cared more for the Jax/Tara storyline than anything else. The final 5minutes were painful to watch. Not planning to watch S7 I may turn in for the series finale or tape it. Have a feeling Gemma get’s out alive and raises the boys.

    • That might be the case, but i dont think it had anything to do with she being his wife; you must not understand family; Gema was great; and true to life; it was gruesome; but beautiful played; out;

      • I was not crazy how Katie played the murder scene. She played it as if Gemma went insane but Gemma’s evil, her manipulations have always been on the surface. I don’t think that it would have taken a psychotic break to do what she did. The mumbling to herself was not realistic and true-to-life in my opinion.

        • Joey says:

          Ummm, she was doped up as well, remember her argument with Wayne before going to Tara’s. Of course it was out of character.

    • Of course this is a victory for Katy, her character has always been at the center of everything even in a total mans environment. This creates much more drama for her character and insures tons on screen time once again. Katy I hope you thank your husband everyday for keeping you working.

    • Gina From TN. says:

      I truely believe SOA is phenomenal. Season 6 was awesome, even though losing Tara was a big loss to all of us fans, but I record SOA and look forward to Season 7. I hope in the future there is a series .

    • Grant says:

      As a 62 year old survivor biker from the 60’s and 70’s knowing the brotherhood and the codes of conduct to keep it alive and real in season 7 Juice needs to be on the run hunted not only by the club but also the law which means he can go Mayan hunting looking for redemption through killing. Jax will go 1 of only 2 ways total outlaw or the father that he wants to be (sadly no role models here other the J Smits love you man)great story lines are available but lets keep it real OH if Gemma was my old lady i would sleep in another room.

    • deb watson says:

      I was not a Tara fan, so Gemma killing her didn’t bother me. I don’t mind seeing Jax with someone, but Tara just irritated me from the beginning. I just didn’t like her character or those weird facial expression she makes. I would rather see Jax with sort of a Gemma type character. He needs a tough biker chic. This show for me is entertaining and is a totally different world than I will ever experience. I’m a suburban homemaker, who can only fantasized about a world like this. It’s just a fun show and always made me want to tune in to see what they were going to do next. This show was very different and I like different. Thanks SOA cast and Kurt Sutter for bringing this great show to television. Going to miss greatly for it is one of my favorite all time shows.

      • Terry Young says:

        I think Jax is going to hook up with the busines partner and a lot of season 7 is going to go down in Stockton, Jax will repeat his fathers misgivens and basically abadon his children (and yes, one will die). With Wendy having a central role, I think it may be Able at the hands of his crack head mother.

      • shar says:

        I was never a fan of tara myself, her death had no effect on me. I was more upset by clay’s death, he was such a well written character and phenomenal actor.

  2. Bri says:

    Great interview, but there were so many grammar errors, I had a hard time getting through it. I understand wanting to get this out right away to beat the other sites, but someone should’ve taken another pass at editing this before it went up.

    Tara’s death gutted me. I knew it was coming but it still hurt. She was favorite. Though that was a pretty memorable way to go, at least.

  3. Beth says:

    How does Gemma always come out the other side with someone covering for her? I love the way Katey plays this character, that being said, if anyone ever deserved Mr. Mayhem, it’s Gemma! You took away the boys’ mom, and took away your son’s soulmate. It’s going to be one wild ride to the finish and I personally cannot wait for that scene when Jax finds out who killed Tara. Maggie has played Tara so well, one of my favorite tv performances by an actress.

    • V says:

      This will eat Gemma alive, though. I honestly don’t understand how people say Gemma gets away with stuff when she is pretty much the most miserable, unhappiest of them all when you dig inside of her.

      • the girl says:

        Because watching her be miserable with herself does not bring as much resolution and satisfaction as seeing her get choked to death by Jax would.

      • Isaac Hunt says:

        @ V – Great comment, totally agree.

      • Beth says:

        Still doesn’t justify it at all. She does get away with everything and she could of left with Nero after he asked her to. She chooses to stay miserable, she is not a member of SAMCRO and Jax has told her to back off before. I did feel bad for her at certain points, but nothing she does redeems her, I don’t care if it does eat her alive. But I do love how raw Katey Segal plays her.

    • ren says:

      and her involvement with JT’s death. i’m beyond excited for her to finally get what’s coming to her!! it will end beyond bloody for her.

    • HollyLOVESjax says:

      Agreed

    • I am so hoping that they do an autopsy on Tara and reveal that she WAS pregnant with a little girl … and that now Gemma faces a mental breakdown that she killed her own granddaughter and Jax is devastated over the death of his wife AND child!!!!

    • Cameron Rice says:

      all in favor of gemma meeting mr mayhem?, my vote is yes

  4. ScorpionGlow says:

    Devastating ending. I was completely thrown, despite knowing someone wasn’t going to make it out alive.

  5. Eli says:

    Tara’s death hurts worse than Opie. And Opie hurt. A lot.

    • ren says:

      yup. i think it’s because opie already gave up on everything- family, love, friendship, living. tara was the complete opposite- things were finally working out for the best. she just got her life back. opie lost everything, tara gained everything back. i’m absolutely gutted.

      • Winter says:

        That is exactly it. I couldn’t quite grasp why Tara’s death was worse for me than Opie, but you put it perfectly. I am not sure I have ever been this undone by a fictitious tv death before.

      • Terry Young says:

        I hated seeing Tara go, but look at it…the only way to get Jax back without a long break in timeline was to twist the story and get rid of Tara. Now, I suspect Jax will be persicuted for the murders but aquitted and the deal will be off the table because of Tara’s death. I don’t know how the murders get solved, but season 7 will focus on that and I’m sure end with a bang.

      • vivian says:

        I can’t agree more. I love Tara and Jax together!

  6. yup says:

    So Jax thinks Juice did it, right? Because of what he said to him about betrayal right before that, he thinks this was Juice’s preemptive strike? And Juice is going to let him think that to protect Gemma, because she’s the only one who cares about him and he doesn’t really want to live anyway?

    Right?

  7. Kasey Johansen says:

    I’m so sad . Tara and Jax should’ve took off together with their boys!! I couldn’t even watch the whole seen, had to remind myself its just a series!!! Jax better kill Gemma even more gruesome then that! Karma will come for her soon. I can only hope!! Ugh now can’t sleep!

  8. Johnny Held says:

    KURT SUTTER killed it i loved the season6 finale! SAMCRO STYLE #bestshowintheWORLD

  9. George says:

    Maggie Siff is a talented and beautiful actress so hopefully she will find work in movies and TV that give better opportunities to show off her range. The character Tara was supposed to be a cypher for audience to witness outsider get tangled in dangerous Motorcycle Clubs drama. Sutter and writers seemed to rarely find a decent storyline for that character. With all extended episodes you would think this season could of broaden and fleshed out that character before killing her off.

    Season 5 was really S.O.A last chance to salvage its creative voice. Season 6 should of reinvested in the characters but instead spent most its time with convoluted storylines and sloppy plot mechanisms. This show won’t hold up in Ten years because it put plot mechanism over character driven content. Another network could literally come out with its own Biker drama and really not have to worry about S.O.A legacy.

  10. RickD says:

    I did not like tara. there was no reason to take the boys and try to run from jax. I hate her for wanting to rat on Jax. You should never rat on family. jax was trying to do the right thing for the club.

    • Nataliec says:

      There was every reason. The fact that Jax got that in the end and you still don’t shows what a tool you are.

    • Dani says:

      Hey RickD- you never rat on family? What were you watching when you wrote this? The Godfather? Newsflash: if your family are a bunch of sadomasochist monsters, you rat on them. You drive them into the f—–g ground if you have to. Any woman worth her salt would do anything to protect her kids. Not liking a character on tv because she’s the only redeemable character in the story illustrates your ignorance. “Family” LOL. Pathetic.

    • abz says:

      “there was no reason to take the boys and try to run from jax”. WTF?!?!?! Are you kidding me??? What on earth have you been watching?

      • Athena Reed says:

        i agree, the woman has been held hostage, had her arm mangled, has seen a various number of gruesome cold blooded murders and cleaned up the bloody bullet holes an wounds of most of the club….her boys have been kidnapped, used as pawns, have severed from various side effects of the life style (aidan was born messed up because of the drugs an booze), they have been in a serious car accident, been threatened many times and just a few weeks ago were almost blown to pieces……not to mention she has seen how cold jax is having to become about killing or letting others die, she knows gemma has had her hand in several of the deaths of the closest to her and that list is minor compared to those she has threatened or tried to seriously injury or kill or drive someone to the pint of doing something that most likely end up in their deaths or someone elses. i dont think she really went about it the most sensible way and become that in which she hated before finally seeing the light stopping the games and just protecting the kids.i do think though that the entire point of the fake baby ruse was her trying to protect the kids without leaving jax. i think she hoped that if gemma was held at bay she could convince jax to leave with her or at least let her take the boys further from the chaos with him still involved. the divorce an plea bargain were more like the plan b if its the only way.

        As jax proved when finally thinking about what an why she wanted them away from the club, he most likely would have come to the same conclusion when it came to keeping them safe. as much as he loves his family trying to be number 1 in charge of a violent chaotic world and trying to be a better father and devoted husband at the same time was wearing him thinner an thinner, with them safe he would have had a better chance of regrouping and pulling off his well meant badly gone so far plan of taking the club away from the illegal ventures. Tara has always known and stated she didnt know if she could ever truly be ok with the more violent parts of jaxs life. she never encouraged him being wicked and ruthless like gemma did clay, it wasn’t the bad boy part she was drawn to….look back over the first seasons….she loved the good, loyal and loving man he was in spite of all the blood and danger he had been a part of his whole life. from season one she fought against his eventual slide into being the kind of guy that was capable of using peoples lives and blood shed as pawns to get whatever goal he needed done. jax himself has fought against it and i think thats why tara was able to hang on as long as she did. but after having to do all she did the year before trying to help him so they could get out of the life, then getting thrown in jail as he gave her the cold shoulder for doing something he didnt understand, not to mention the last years of her life being scared for him, the boys an herself and under the constant looming threat that gemma could go off at any moment or because she didnt get her way…i think it was to much for tara.

        i still dont think she would have done what she did, gone behind jaxs back or would have even came to the same sense of urgency about either taking a deal or taking the boys, if it wasnt for the last two years of gemma pushing her, manipulating jax, being heavy handed when ever she could and her consistently telling Tara that jax would choose club/mom one day, that he didnt love her enough to make good on his promises of getting out, and even that he wouldnt hesitate to kill tara if she ever went against club laws or comprised his dealings and position (all of the power gemma claimed to hold over him…the power that is the club itself and all the possible bad outcomes that they could have where things jax both intentionally and sometimes unknowingly reinforced by his actions within the club and his lack of action when it came to making gemma stay in line or pay for the choices she consistently makes……and dont forget many of the times he did lay down the law to gemma, stand up for tara, and even he was making deals to keep her out of jail before & after the fake baby stunt it was all done without tara knowing about it or being able to use it to bolster her worries that he wouldn’t come through for her )

        dont get me wrong i havent been a huge tara fan for the last few season, her choices were ones i didnt always understand and think that there are many moments that she comes of sulky, wishy washy, fake, selfish, hot to cold to warm to frozen to volcanic and back to an almost pathetic luke warm state of mind. she has never came across as truly having it all together (first season had stalker/ ex issues that she was refusing to confront) and has always felt like the weakest link in devotion to adapting to /accepting responsibility of the rollercoster of events she found herself in because she choose to become apart of the club lifestyle. in the end though they are all a little insane in their own ways and jax knew she wasnt equipped for the kind of life staying in the club promised and she only did what she was destined to do if it all fell apart.

        • Patty says:

          First off, the little boys name is Able not Aiden. I think that if Tara was so afraid and against that life then she shouldn’t have gotten pregnant with Thomas and brought another child into that mess. She loved the excitement. She was a snitch and needed to go, maybe not so violently but afterall it is a violent show.

          • Pat Wilson says:

            I’m still seething from the finale! I think the writer made a huge mistake killing off Tara. I watched regularly, and it’s a month later and I’m still really pissed! My husband likes this show, with all its flawed characters, but I don’t think I’ll watch next season. Jax, though a killer, still has many redeeming traits, one of them loving Tara the way he did. I think Katey does a phenomenal job as Gemma too. Wow! That’s it, glad to get this off my chest.

    • Heather says:

      She felt her boys were in danger, I don’t think she ever had any intention on running she loved him, but her character just showed what a mother would do to protect her kids.

  11. Beth kimbler says:

    Im heartbroke Tara had to die. I just wish somehow They realize taras in a coma but holding on. That her love for her boys and for Jax keeps her fighting. Plz bring Tara back give us something to hold onto thats positive not depressing.

    • S1blount says:

      Please put it like Tara is in a comma and holding on still please bring Tara back! Honestly I know is about being gruesome and being a biker gang Jack needs to have his companion and the boys the love of both Jack and Tara
      !! Please bring Tara back please please I want to watch season 7 with Tara fighting for her life back and gemma being cruicfied for what she’s done as well as juice! Please

      • Kathy branda says:

        I agree. Please bring Tara back. I still hurt because of that show. It is ruined without her and Jax together. She was one of my favorites. I hope she is still breathing somehow. She was one of the only good ones on the show.
        .

      • vivian says:

        Yes, bring her back!!!!! Evertbody expect all the characters to end bad. Sutter should surprise us and keep Tara alive!!!!! Please. Lets see Jax and Tara together!

    • Ruth says:

      I thought at first that she would be rescued secretly as part of a plot to get her and Jax both out of the life, but I guess not.

  12. Ak777 says:

    I couldn’t feel sympathetic for Tara because she knowingly choose a lifestyle with obvious consequences. She wasn’t so self righteous when she and Jax murdered the FBI agent nor when she participated in a hundred acts of crime. She wasn’t a victim- she was a hypocrite who got tired of the game when losses touched her personally. She exhausted me. Gemma on the other hand has always been honest about her loyalties and what she was capable of doing.

    • Sawyer says:

      Yeah honest Gemma. When is she going to tell her son she killed his father. Yeah Gemma really loyal, to her husbands, and son. Yep good old honest Gemma. She does everything for the club. I wish I had a mom like her. Well the finale was a shocker too bad it wasn’t Gemma who got the fork in the head.

      • Dee says:

        Gemma didn’t kill Teller, she gave her blessing to clay to do it. Do you really think a biker gang would have changed their minds and not killed him if she had opposed his killing?

    • Charlie Utter says:

      All though the things you say here are true, this is exactly why I feel sympathy for Tara. She’s the only one that seems to learn from the situations shes been in. And Jax is the one who is truly exhausting because just when you think Jax has finally learned his lesson, he does something that Clay would do. He even said last night that he’s become the thing he hated most. When Opie died I thought Jax might change but it didn’t happen. If Tara dying doesn’t change him, nothing will. And Gemma may be loyal but Kurt Sutter has even said that Gemma is a “cockroach”. What scares me about this is that probably means she’ll be the only one left in the end.
      And come on, the FBI/Rapist/Crazy man had it coming.

    • CH says:

      This is a good point. I’ve always had a hard time being sympathetic for Tara and I couldn’t figure out why. I completely understand wanting to protect her children & get them out of that life, but she went about it all wrong. As you point out, she chose her involvement with that life after knowing what it was all about, and she was fine with their methods when it suited her.
      The interesting thing about Tara & Gemma is that they are two sides of the same coin. Tara’s fake miscarriage and implication of Gemma was right out of Gemma’s manipulative playbook. Each one would do anything for her family. At least Gemma owns up to who she is.
      That being said, I hated to see Tara killed, and in that manner. Gemma’s a goner, and it’s been coming for a long time.

    • KMH says:

      It’s fine that you didn’t feel sympathetic to her character but you don’t really believe that she signed up for all the crap that happened to her. Jax made her a lot of promises and she had a family with him. What you’re proposing is basically another way to blame the victim. Jax should die. Soon. Quickly. Violently. Are you going to sympathize with him when that happens? He knowingly chose this lifestyle. And so has Gemma. So, by your logic, you won’t sympathize with them when they get burned alive, right? Let’s not be ignorant. And if you don’t sympathize with any of the characters, then whom are you rooting for? Or are you not rooting for anyone? In what case, why the hell are you even watching? Maybe because you just like the dysfunctional violence. Well, then.

      • Debra says:

        I don’t want SOA to leave the TV airwaves ever. It has been my favorite show now for 6 seasons, with each season getting better than the last. I watch them, then I buy the DVD’s. Wish Maggie Siff had a website so we could see where she will go next. Also, what will Kurt Sutter be writing next??

      • true sons fan says:

        What are u talking about…..hell yeah Tera signed up for that life. Matter of fact she fought tooth and nail for that life. She knew what the club was she grew up there. She knew who jax was……SHE KNEW…..AND SHE STILL WANTED TO STAY GET MARRIED AND HAVE BABIES…..she knew and she liked it. She faught….and killed for that club….she cried and played her roll….she xould have handle things another way. She is the one who wanted to keep going to prison to see Auto. Jax told not too……that was all Tera stupid ass

      • Ruth says:

        Excellent response to the previous illogical diatribe. Tara was handicapped in that she was not a hardened criminal or a teetotal amoral person. She tried to survive in a world she wasn’t mean enough to live in, but that’s to her credit, not something to sneer at her for. And to say that Gemma is honest…! How unperceptive would you have to be to watch 6 years of her character and believe that!

    • LWashburm says:

      So true–finally someone seeing her character!

  13. natasha says:

    So sad how this season ended like I don’t know were SOA going next season but I hope they will show the boys with jaxs and after all this it would be nice to see the kids happy

  14. Kristi says:

    Seriously!!! Why did that have to be he ending, Tara!! Come on the only good and pure relationship was between jax and Tara and the love the had for there children. Very disappointed now it just another violent show to remind us I all the bad in the world. Awesome

  15. Ron says:

    Many good comments! Glad to hear a lot of us feel the same way. SOA has been my favorite show for as long as it’s been out. But with the extreme devastation that occurred with Gemma killing Tara, just after hope seems to arrive for all, leaves me feeling disheartened. If I were to be asked if I liked the ending, the answer would be No! HELL NO!

  16. Regenia says:

    All I can say is please dont stop the show after season seven I don’t know what I will watch next soa is all I want to watch please keep it going I love this show oh yea Tara should have been dead

    • Sawyer says:

      Tell that to the Team Tara. Not watching S7 it ended last night. May watch S7 finale or tape it. Really don’t think I want to see Jax sleeping with that old whore next season, that includes his mommy.

  17. Ak777 says:

    Another element that frustrates me is Jax’s juggling act of forced compliance and cooperation amongst the other MCs. Jax comes across as soupy and nieve to be a leader of a MC. You can’t serve two masters just like you can’t serve two families. So he gives himself up to preserve both of them- how’d that work out for him?

  18. Joy says:

    People let’s protest or something this show can not end after season seven.. Son of Anarchy have to many faithful viewers this is not fair to the fans.. Please think again before ending this show at season seven.. We need more you owed the fans..

  19. lacey says:

    Man I Love this show, I love the all the main characters in SAMCRO :) I was relieved when they killed off tara knoweles, she was just getting boring. I think Jax should find another love, someone who is way prettier and actually accepting Jax life and keeping him happy.

    • Sawyer says:

      Very superficial are you. I binged watch this show, I am so glad I did not watch or waste 6 seasons of this show to see the only person who had any redeemable character get brutally murdered by her mother-in -law, and watch Juice the real rat, cover for Gemma/Peg Bundy. As for me last nights episode was the series finale for me. Kurt Sutter killing off Tara was as disturbing as Rita’a death in Dexter. Jax has always said Tara was the love his life. am sure he will find some whore or perhaps his mama Gemma can provide for his sexual needs. will tune in on TV line 2014 and read the recap of the series finale. To me this is just another violent show with no love or hope for anyone. Bang Bang another gang related plan gone wrong.

      • gstrickland says:

        I agree 100%! Tara was not just Jax’s old lady; she was the mother of his kids; the mother of Gemma’s grandchildren! Gemma just took away their mom and their dad is going to jail! All that’s left to raise them is Gemma, who is gonna end up in self-destruction if anything, Unser, and Wendy, the junkie – that’s if her weak ass can get clean. I understand this is a show about a motorcycle gang into dealing guns, but the only real true love that was on the show was that between Jax and Tara! For those that are saying that they’re glad that she is dead, how can u honestly be glad that them two precious babies lost their mom? That Jax has lost the love of his life? Sorry, but I’d choose Jax and Tara any day over them nasty prostitutes/porno whores.

    • Ruth says:

      Unfortunately for Tara, she was too good, too educated, too forgiving, and too clean for many of the fans.

    • marilyn says:

      pick me. i would make a great old lady for Jax!

  20. Silverback says:

    It is very clear now exactly how Season 7 will end. If you look at Shakespearean tragedies, everyone dies. This is the only logically place the show can go from here. Jax has to die, there is no other way. One of his sons will die, and this will probably be Thomas just to tie into the family history. Juice is toast, as is Tig. In fact, the MC will be destroyed and most of them killed. I think maybe Chibs and Bobby will live (and possibly rebuild the MC), although Chibs has a lot of bad Karma to account for. But, in the end, Gemma will live and she will raise Abel and the cycle (no pun intended) will continue with Abel reading Jax’s diary and leading a newly reformed SAMCRO doing the same things with Gemma leading the way. Gemma is the true ruler of the MC, not JT, not Clay, not Jax … Gemma. As much as Gemma deserves to die, and out of EVERYONE on the show, she deserves to die the most, she will live on and the death and destruction will continue.

    • the girl says:

      I disagree, I think Gemma will die, has to die, because she is totally Gertrude, and either Jax or Nero or both will turn on her and she’ll meet her demise. Bobby will live, and Unser will outlive everyone. But they are probably the only two who have any chance at all. I also hope beyond hope that you are wrong and nothing happens to either of those children, because I can’t take that.

  21. Julie says:

    I love SOA…I HATE that Tara is dead. Even though she probably deserved it for betraying her husband and his Club. I was hoping that she and Jax would fake their deaths so that they both could go into Witness protection and start a new life with their boys. Wendy needs to die from a drug over dose and Gemma needs to be imprisoned like Clay was and left to rot there. I understand her loyalty to the Club, but she has officially over stepped the Family/Club fine line…Who is to say that she wouldnt kill her own Son now? She is now no better than Clay was! I think in the end..Jax will kill her or have her killed…Very shocking yet sad episode…I wouldnt have it any other way! I do agree with the other comments that SOA cannnot end at Season 7! I think that Katey Sagal has been in her best performance ever in her career! Keep up the great work Kurt Sutter!

    • Jate says:

      Wow, Jax sleeps with whore’s and betrays everyone, and all you can say Tara betrayed her husband, to protect her children from Peg Bundy. That she should die. What are you 13. The series is over.

      • dani says:

        The series is totally over. Most of the people I know that love SONS are just waiting to see how they kill Jax and Gemma. Basically, just waiting to watch them die. What’s the point? Sutter went in the wrong direction. I couldn’t figure out why Gemma survived so much crap. Then I discovered that she was married to Sutter. Ah, that explained it.

  22. DavidSask says:

    Katey is a great actress and rules with her SOA role but doing another show with her husband is probably not a wise career move!

  23. RandomInternetGuy says:

    I watched the repeat airing of the season finale and found myself looking online for other people’s thoughts on it, which brought me here.

    This interview was very interesting! I’m going to read any others you have up here.

    V, how do you feel the show “jumped the shark”? Was it specifically Tara’s death?

  24. slendera says:

    I like your style and feel of your internet site!

  25. judy says:

    I really hope Jax doesnt end up with Wendy, after Gemma telling her to go back to dick, or that other whore he works with…i dont think I can watch next season, having hope that Jax and Tara would end up together and happy was why I kept watching!

  26. Josée C says:

    Everyone pay back is a bitch! She will face Jax and get the béat inv. That she deserve!!

  27. Amanda says:

    I’m really tired of Skylar White Syndrome penetrating every article if a character has “haters.” You can’t make everyone like a character – for many different reasons. It doesn’t mean we don’t get the show. It’s like how two people can read the same book and come out with a different meaning. I haven’t liked Tara for a few seasons so I guess I could be considered a “hater” – though I am sad she died, but I think that was also an inevitable in this world.

    • Thomas says:

      It’s less about liking/disliking a character and more about how they express that dislike. If you have valid reasons that’s fine. But a lot of the time it becomes about the actress’ looks or how the women should have conformed to gender stereotypes more. It’s odd that people are fine with Walt or Jax’s long list of crimes, but the female does one bad thing and suddenly she is the devil and should be raped/killed and then there are cheers when she is. That’s where the sexism comes in.

  28. Jate says:

    The finale was tragic. I guess team Gemma won. I guess it helps when you are married to the writer and creator of the show. Job security.
    I do realize this is just a show. I am surprised at the level of hate towards Tara and Maggie Siff character. Tara and Jax relationship was the reason I watched the show. Tara at least humanized Jax. I really thought Kurt Sutter, took Tara from Season 5 and Season 6 to a very dark place and had her make decisions, poor ones for shock and awe which made no sense. I would have to say I feel Mr. Sutter cheated the audience and me. I hesitated to watch a show about a bunch white trash, racist motor cycle gang, until so many friends spoke how well written it was, and there was more to the show than just that.
    I would have to say after watching what Season finale. I honestly wished, I never watched the show. Mr. Sutter what a rat you are.

    • Matt says:

      haha. well said.

      It’s easy to be “shocking” these days, to be violent and sexist and win viewers. It’s what viewers want. I got sucked in after season 2 and thought that it was going somewhere else but I was wrong. the fans’ reaction to Tara, and how she deserved to die, are troubling. Poor storytelling, in my opinion. Writing something that has some some redemption is harder to accomplish but when it is done it stands the test of time. This series turned out to be a big pile of crap and Sutter and his wife Katey are laughing all the way to the bank.

      • amd says:

        Agree with every line of this. Especially some of the bizarre, hateful reactions to a character who was decent and kind and trying to save two children from a horrible life of violence and fear.

    • carol says:

      Dead on. Never watching this show again. Almost need to turn on old ” I Love Lucy” re-runs to bring me back to the good old days of TV…..

  29. Sawyer says:

    Jax can sleep with whore’s, lie manipulate, give up Tigg”s to be killed by Pope’s 2nd and that is okay because he is a Man. He betrayed his wife, children, and the club. Tara”s selfish act of wanting her children to have a better life, is crucified not only by men, but also by women. This is almost as unbelievable as SOA series the past 2 seasons , In the real world do you people feel this way. The killing of Tara feel’s like a double standard, and cheering it on. Therefore Gemma is justified in murdering Tara, because she was high on booze/weed and Nero dumped her sorry as. , Uncle Cancer gave Gemma the wrong information once again. Very brutal and disgusting ending for Tara. Maggie Siff is an amazing actress, well Katey Sagal will always be Peg Bundy. Juice is a rat, never hear anyone screaming for his death.

    Maggie Siff at least had a wide range of acting and emotions, more than I can say for Katey Sagal.
    Mr. Sutter this is one viewer you have lost. No Tara no Season 7. You really should have ended the show last night. I have read Hamlet and this was very Shakesperian. Really not interested in your prequel, I think I have enough of Gemma and the whole MC/Samcrow!
    What a cop out to kill off Tara.

  30. B.g. Willis says:

    I totally agree that I have no interest whatsoever in Season 7. Why? Why would I put myself through that? I watched for six seasons because despite the violence of this world I saw hope in two characters who loved each other and wanted to make things better. Jax and Tara were the hope and now that hope is gone. Their little family will never be whole and be happy. Why? Because Sutter wants to try and be Shakespeare? It didn’t have to happen that way. Tara’s death was obvious. We’ve been expecting it all season. So why not be unpredictable and do something we don’t expect. How about find a way to surprise us and in the end, let them have their HEA. Charlie and Maggie’s performances were amazing. But it’s not enough to not be heartbroken for what happened and what could have been. I’m tired of this always being about freakin Gemma. I hope she gets what’s coming to her. Juice too. And for his role in this I hope cancer finally kills that idiot Unser. But I won’t see it. Because as far as I can see, there’s no point in Season 7 except to get justice for Tara. Everything that was good about this show is gone and its just more of the same.

    • gstrickland says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth. I’m so sick of Gemma getting away with everything. The love between Tara and Jax was the only “real” love that was on the show! There are no other characters that are trying to better themselves or the club. They just thrive off of the violence, screw love! Why sit through a whole season just to watch Gemma walk around free and Jax hooking up with them nasty whores?? Season 7 should be about the honor of Tara. Jax needs to get his sh** together because that’s all she ever wanted. Gemma should pay so there can be some justification. Juice needs to go. He’s been on my nerves since last season. Unser should pay too for once again being the little bird in Gemma’s ear and not knowing the whole damn truth. It’s all up to Nero to cough up the truth about John Teller and I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

  31. Laura says:

    I knew something like this could come. After watching the shield, we know how these shows tend to go. But this was rough. I am glad that Jax finally realized TAra was going what was best and hope that Gemma gets hers. If anyone is still Gemma they are an idiot. I will still watch the show but its hard to feel the same about it. It will also be hard to rewatch knowing what is coming..much like Dexter after Rita.

  32. jen says:

    Any person who says their not gunna watch season 7 is lying. The story line is great and even if u say u won’t, u will be watching to find out what happens next. A lot of people have said that if juice and gemma, and that crazy keep their mouths closed then gemma will get away with killing tara. Well I just want to say, juice is going to get killed in the next season. Everyone seems to have forgotten that jax pretty much put a hit on him. Gemma is the only one who needs to keep quiet and we all know she will to protect her own butt.

    • Sawyer says:

      @ Jen
      I think people honestly will not watch S7. Oh they may watch the finale or tape it. I think if you were a fan of the Tara/Jax storyline as I was, there is really nothing to watch. Just the same old crap story lines, gun running, bang, bang. Gemma get’s away with another murder. Tara and Jax storyline love and hope was romantic. Her brutal murder last night was a total cop out by Sutter.

    • Matt says:

      “not gunna”? Oh, Jen. Your writing shows that “u” are a clever one, aren’t you sweetheart?

  33. Samantha G says:

    I’ve always been a follower of SoA, and will till the very last episode. Last nights episode was very depressing. I understood where Tara was coming from trying to protect her boys, really wish she would have talked more to jax than ratting and running. but then it wouldn’t be a show. sad the boys no longer have their mommy. really hope Wendy dose’nt get custody of them now since the papers were filled out for them to go to her if Tara ended up in jail. not sure if the papers were changed or not but if they do maybe it will straighten Wendy up. this show can go in so many different ways its scary to think. so sad Jax and Tara love in the beginning was like watching Bonnie and Clyde or Johnny and June . hate that it turned out the way it did. wanted to see it get better. the intensity of Tara’s murder felt so real felt as if i lost a real family member. Don’t understand why Juice covered it up Juice was an all time favorite of mine hate he went in the direction he went in. Gemma’s got to go really hope Jax finds out that Gemma did it and suffers that’s all I want kudos to you Mr. Sutter for making a damn good show my favorite show of all time. i will forever be a fan. not sure what i will do after you end the show big part of me will be gone that’s for sure

  34. LECTER says:

    TARA GOT WHAT WAS COMING TO HER BECAUSE SHE IS A RAT IF SHE LOVED JACKS SO MUCH WHY WOULD SHE RAT ON HIM SHE KNEW WHAT HER LIFE WOULD BE LIKE WHEN SHE MARRIED HIM WHEN YOU ARE IN A FAMILY LIKE THAT YOU STAY OR YOU DIE THERE AND DONT NEVER HAVE ANY CHILDREN AND GEMMA IS JUST DOING WHAT A MOTHER WOULD DO FOR HER CHILD

    • Sawyer says:

      @LECTOR.
      It is a tv show. your comment’s about Tara’s death, and defending it, is more disturbing than last nights finale. Please get some therapy. You sound like you have some mommy issues.

  35. Sarah says:

    Stick a meat fork in me too, cuz I’m done. So now what do I do: wait till September to see Gemma get temporary custody of the boys and Wendy, newly clean, step in as “I’m your new mommy now” role? No thanks!

  36. Curly says:

    I’m wondering if the people out there who were surprised by Tara’s death know that Sutter is using Hamlet as his model? Tara was Ophelia…Ophelia died as a result from the craziness her life took on once she was apart of Hamlet’s crazy world. I have known Tara would die since season 1, they needed a casualty who began innocent, until she was wrapped up in Jax’s insane life. How else can Jax see how twisted he has lived his life,? Did I want Tara to die? No!! It was beyond difficult to watch that brutal scene, but it wasn’t unexpected. This show has always been heading towards a showdown between mother & son, sadly Tara’s death is what kicks off the final chapter..if you don’t know how Hamlet ends, look it up, cuz its pretty bleak..so there was never going to be a happy ending for Tara& Jax.

    • Cheryl says:

      I wasn’t surprised. I knew it was going to come. I did hang on to hope that Jax and Tara would sail off into the sunset with the boy in the end… But, Jax & Tara will meet again, soon. As will Clay and Gemma.

  37. kellie says:

    wow. this blew my mind. ive been a fan since season 1 and the show does not disappoint. i never liked tara until recently and was totally rooting for her. so devastating. ive always had a love/hate with gemma and am shocked at how this ended. between breaking bad, walking dead and SOA i am utterly impressed with the fantastic writing of todays television and even more so by these gut wrenching performances by the actors. so many times with this show i find myself literally sitting on the edge of my seat, my hands covering my wide open gasp! way to go sutter and the entire cast. fan f$%#ing tastic.

  38. TeamTara says:

    Everyone is saying they knew it had to happen or they saw it coming, but I truly did not. I adored Tara because she was the only one keeping Jax grounded. I honestly believed they would be able to get away together, somehow. I have been wanting Gemma to get whats coming to her for about 3 seasons now. I am one of those who binge watched the show until this season, yeah that was a lot of catching up to do but totally fun. Binge watching is a very different experience than watching the show as it unfolds season by season. I started to become disheartened around season 4 or 5 when everyone who babysat the children were also getting high. That’s when Gemma had the wreck with them in the car. That was the first time I asked myself how could anyone ever desire this kind of lifestyle. But I’ve kept watching for Jax. It seems that after he promised Tara he would get out, he became more involved than ever. I agreed with her for wanting to get out and I was glad in the end that Jax did love her and didn’t blame her. But it just sickens me that she died at the hands of Gemma. I haven’t seen many comments for Clay, but I thought it was sad that in the end no one was there to bury him but Unser. Yes after all that Clay has done, I still felt sad for him. For me, the romance between Gemma and Nero has never fit. So one season left, Opes gone, Taras gone, Clays gone, the MC is in a shambles, where do we go from here? There are only two things I truly hope for. One is that Jax gets out and raises his boys right, although my gut tells me that Wendy will get them. And two, that Gemma meets Mr. Mayhem in the worst possible way ever.

  39. marsha dolch says:

    oh my god I was so mad at Tara for what she was doing to Jax cause I love him but then they worked everything out and Jax stepped up to the plate and been a man and a father and he was doing the right thing for her and his kids I got over it . I couldn’t believe that Gemma did that I sat and cried as I thought to myself man that’s another that really loves her son. but when jacks come in at the end and found Tara it just broke my heart and I cried more for him because of the pain he was going through. I was little upset but that’s how it ended but I can’t wait until season 7. I never miss the Sons of Anarchy I recorded every Tuesday night. thanks for coming up with the show Kurt one of the best series I’ve ever watched ever in my life.

  40. Brenda says:

    Gemma needs to go down in Season 7 one way or another,especially after Jax finds out she not only killed Tara, but had a hand in his dad’s death. If Jax dies will Nero be the one to kill him?

  41. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Gemma WILL meet her fate next season for SURE Jax will know the Truth about John’s death and how she (Gemma) gave Clay her ”Blessing” to kill him. And of course Tara’s death (how is he going to kill his mom if he’s in jail though?)
    Also …… i think Juice will MAN UP and take the fall for killing Roosevelt, destroying all the evidence and and yes, Covering up for Gemma. Overall either way Juicy Juice will meet demise. NOBODY on this show is safe They’re all gonna drop like dominos…….But i wonder if Kurt Sutter will stick to ”The ending of hamelt” with The Teacher and The Soldier Suvriving……WHO WILL THOSE 2 PEOPLE BE?……………

  42. mia says:

    I loved the relationship between Tara and Jax. She was his rock and it is so sad to have such a brutal ending. She was the “good” in a bad situation. Great series; excellent writing and acting by everyone. I will watch the last season but not with the same interest. I wish Kurt wouldn’t have done that. Oh, and one other thing…the poor cop on the floor- he was a nice guy too but nobody is even talking about him.

  43. Aula says:

    Outstanding!! This show never fails to entertain. Gemma is a complex, but understandable woman. Come on, it’s a show about bikers and crime….. Watch re-runs of Mayberry RFD for nice and wholesome. Acting is great and believable. The writing is so very twisted and we love it!

  44. Carol says:

    I am so upset with Jemma for just “going off” like that only on an assumption. The sorrow and horror one would feel by making such a mistake would be stupendous. Yes this will eat her alive. The only merciful way out for her would her be death unless it drives her insane. I have to tell myself that this is just a TV show. It’s not real. But things like that do happen in real life. So it’s tragic!!!’ 😢

    • Ruth says:

      That’s really what’s Shakespearean about this series–the whole plot is moved along by misinformation and miscommunication. Run in circles, scream and shout.

  45. Disco Dave says:

    This show always pushes my buttons. The kids being in the car crash last season and now the kids growing up without parents (assuming Jax is in prison) makes me feel upset.

    To me, the biggest victims on the show are those kids.

  46. BrianR says:

    This show is maddening, Sutter kills off the only redeeming person on the show and now I guess Jax will go into a drunken stupor before he strangles Gemma to death and shoots Juice in the head. I was going to say I won’t watch the show anymore but I find myself spinning out and thinking how Jax might not end up dead and if he did go on would he get a new old lady/wife. Of those left alive on the show I think Lyla would be the only logical choice since he would be able to take care of his best friends children and his as well.. That is incumbent on his not killing himself as Hamlet.

  47. S1blount says:

    Please bring Tara back please make it look like she is in a comma but somehow still holding on! Please bring Tara back. The oldest has such a bond with both Tara and Jack! Please bring Tara back!

  48. Tima says:

    I cried so hard when Tara died. There WAS hope for her and Jax, and they took away. I kept waiting for her to wake up. I really feel that killing Tara was a dumb move, but a small part of me finds it brilliant. Please bring her back. Also, I am curious about the homeless woman (the young girl’s mom). Please, please, somehow, bring Tara back. You’re all great writers, find a believable way. I believe in you! We (female fans of SOA) need Tara back.

    • SOA fanatic says:

      Agreed! Give Jax a reason to turn his life around. That’s where he and Tara were headed in the finale. Watching him in agony over the loss of Tara-his first love-was so painful…so so sad. Please give us something to hope for.

      • Kathy says:

        I agree. Bring Tara back. She had such a beautiful smile on her face when she walked into her house to only to be violently attacked by that witch.

  49. Julie C says:

    Nero will have Juice killed. Gemma will harbor this secret as she has harbored secrets her entire life. Gemma is cynical, controlling and impulsive, a Mama Bear who will go to any length to do what she thinks she has to do to protect her son at that moment, good bad or indifferent. In the first season when Gemma picked up the skate board and slammed it into the face of the young woman flirting with Clay, it spoke volumes about her possessiveness. It is beyond me how anyone could have predicted a different outcome for Tara, who was too naive to survive in that world.

  50. Jared says:

    I just watched the season finale and was looking to see if there was gonna be another season… I’ve watched SoA from day 1. I love the way Kurt writes and how deeply into the script the actor/esses get into it. I am on that boat to have Gemma dead but I am happy that Tara is dead as well. No woman should ever take a mans sons from him regardless of his choices in life what Jax did/does puts food on his table and many others. Gemma has no respect for anyone but her own wants/wishes… Its going to be her death. I think Juice will just off himself because hes a coward. I think that Taras death will be what smashes Jax sanity or whats left of it. Junkie will come back and pretend to be baby momma. In the end I think Jax, Chibs, and Bobby will be the ones left at the table. Chibs has always been my favorite just because he does what needs to be done but he has limits. I absolutely hated Clay since the beginning, he did not care about the club he cared about himself and his wallet. I also think that Jax will kill Nero or they will come to terms for everyones sake. After this next season theres no were else to bring it. Id like to see a movie or something to tell the story of the fake “Creation, advancement of SAMCRO”

    • Juice was not a coward; it was hard for him to kill the mother; it was eating him alive; and for jax to ask him to do that to prove himself was sad; he had already betrayed clay; and don alot for the club; Juice was hurting it was eating at him; and having emotions make him a coward then so be it; he wasnt; and I hope jax does not let him die; he needs to realize that; club business is one thing but taking a woman life is another; yes juice has killed but females was hard; He is a good actor; not intentionally did he rat; last season i cried so much when i thought Jax was going to kill him; but if it does happen then let be till the end;

    • JEst says:

      Forget taking the sons away cause of his choices, how about taking them away from their safety. Remember the explosion that nearly killed able and the car accident that nearly impaled Thomas?

    • Sawyer says:

      What are you a Caveman. No woman should take her kids away from that lifestyle. Go back to you man cave with your secret mommy issues.

      • Crystal says:

        seriously? you must be joking or high…No mom should take her Kids away from that lifestyle? More like no mom should ever continue to raise her kids in that environment!!! I guess dead kids is a great idea to idiots like you…People like you are the reason so many others want reproduction should be approved first..