By Reid Kerr
PSDC Offensive Coordinator
There is a part of me that will really miss “Sons Of Anarchy” when it ends next Tuesday. And then there’s another part of me that sort of looks forward to sleeping better on Tuesday nights from here on in.
With one episode left to go, last week’s show was heartbreaking, but not really surprising.
By the way, since people online can’t seem to help rushing to spoil things for people with full DVRs, I’m leaving plenty of spoiler space for my predictions.
Disclaimer: All of these are purely predictions and guesses based on a longstanding love for the show and the writing of Kurt Sutter. And if you’ve ever watched one of Sutter’s shows, you know that any speculation about what he’ll do next is just a shot in the dark. The truth could be more horrible than any of us could ever suspect, so here goes.
Admittedly, the final season of “Sons Of Anarchy” hasn’t been the best, it’s been a bit uneven as we head towards the finish. Some of that is because we’re all already looking ahead to the finale, and not really paying attention to the ride.
This whole season with “Sons,” I’ve been trying to draw parallels to “The Shield,” which Sutter also wrote for. There were some easy comparisons, but I just couldn’t make things fit. They share similar elements, but that’s just because they’re both well-written stories about morally questionable “heroes.”
Even though I tried, I eventually realized I was approaching it all wrong. Jax Teller isn’t Vic Mackie.
He’s Walter White.
Last episode’s murders of three longstanding characters shows that “Sons” has gone far past the point of no return, and Jax knows it too. He’s finally taking responsibility for his actions, and even though those actions came about because of Gemma, he still knows there’s no way back.
And Jax knows when this is over, he’ll be dead.
No way around it. Gemma’s lie led to the death of more than seventy people, and the hammer will fall on Jax for most of them. Jax’s actions have killed relatives, gangsters, police officers, Sons of Anarchy members, prostitutes, and a club President. There’s no way back from that much bloodshed.
Jax went to Oregon to kill Gemma, not because of what she did, but because he doesn’t want her ever to be around his children. He can’t keep her away from them from the grave, so he has to protect the kids the only way he knows how. Gemma understood, strangely enough.
Unser’s death was unfortunate, but he dug his own grave by admitting he could never give up the case of Tara’s murder. Even compromised and retired, Unser couldn’t turn his back on justice. In Jax’s world, there’s no justice. There’s only vengeance. Unser was collateral damage, and Jax was already committed. When Jax was done, he didn’t even bother to hide the bodies, or do anything to deny his involvement. Unless he’s going to kill Nero (and everyone else Nero might have spoken to) there wouldn’t be any suspect other than Jax in those murders. But at this point, Jax doesn’t care. He knows where he’s going.
He’s protected his kids by getting rid of Gemma, and by bringing Wendy back into the fold. And back into his bed, of course, which I’m sure will lead to a pregnancy for her.
He’s protected his club, by basically agreeing to go gentle into that good night in exchange for a waiving of an “unwritten club rule.” It’s one of two things, either of which will ensure Jax keeps his club safe. Jax may want the Sons to start letting in non-white members, which was an issue a few years ago for Juice. That way, they could merge with their allies the Grim Bastards, whose numbers have dwindled so far down they’re letting in Cosby kids.
Possible, but I think it’s more likely there’s some kind of unwritten rule that every club President must be American-born. The Sons were founded by veterans, as were most of the actual motorcycle clubs and gangs in America. It stands to reason that guys fresh from a foreign conflict might be traditionally unwilling to give up their leadership to someone from another country. That’s the way it works in the U.S. Constitution also. Waiving this rule would let Chibs take over as President after Jax is gone, since he’s the Vice-President and the best man for the job.
For the final episode, it’s clean-up time. Barosky’s got to die, and he’s got to die painfully. He’s the last thing to fix and with Jax accepting his fate, it’ll probably be a public example of some horrible vengeance.
After that, Jax will go out exactly the way his father did. The cops won’t get him. His club won’t get him.
Jax will go the same way John Teller did, on his bike and by his own hand. In the end, that’s his final freedom.
And it’s been a great ride for all of us.
– Reid Kerr talks a lot, as his wife always reminds him. Reid’s novel “The Great Texas Trailer Park Escape” is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. You can always tweet questions, comments, and angry messages to him at @reidaboutit.