UPDATE: November 20, 2014 (Originally published December 16, 2013)
Two episodes left!
There have been a ton of GREAT comments here, and I much appreciate each and every one of you that has shared your view of how the finale will go.
It seems that most of you expect Jax to commit suicide. I don’t agree, because I don’t think that’s in him. The most depressing suggestion thus far, I think, is that the cycle will simply repeat, with Abel stepping in Jax’s shoes, Wendy into Gemma’s, etc. While that makes great sense, actually, the optimist in me hopes that we see something else come of this.
I have trouble seeing Jax as a man that commits suicide. Yes, he’s broken–badly broken in this past episode, particularly. He’s also a man to take on responsibility for his actions, though, and I’m not sure that sense of responsibility will allow him to die by his own hand; while he might believe the club better without him, it would also absolve his responsibility to fix what he has broken.
I think this last episode has also been an interesting look at Gemma. There was really no telling what direction she would go once she had lost everything. We’ve seen her broken before (just before/how she met Nero is a good example), but she’s always had Jax and the boys. Now she truly has nothing. I wondered if that wouldn’t lead her to kill herself, like Lady MacBeth, and that felt all but confirmed when she sat at her kitchen table talking to Tara. Now, I’m not so sure. Above all, Gemma is a consummate survivor and master manipulator; still, I don’t feel like even the loss of everything else in her life has been sufficient punishment for what she’s done. I must say, though, that I don’t think it will be Abel pulling a trigger. He may have been the one to get the ball rolling, but he ultimately loves her, and doesn’t seem to have the ability to hate her for taking Tara’s life. At this point, I honestly wonder if it won’t be Uncer pulling the trigger…
One last note: Charlie Hunnam and Theo Rossi were SUPERB in this past episode. Wow.
UPDATE: November 14, 2014
We’re now nearing the end of the season, and I can’t help but look back at what we’ve seen. There have been some great comments on the original post, bringing in some fabulous ideas, such as Gemma surviving to choke on her own guilt (potentially after watching Jax kill himself), or having a direct confrontation between her and Abel. Let me share what I’ve seen.
First, I think it’s worth noting that another Shakespeare play has quite firmly put its foot in the SoA door: Macbeth. Gemma’s scenes of talking to Tara’s ghost echo Lady Macbeth’s troubled visions and sleepwalking after the killing of King Duncan, as she attempts to rationalize and lay to rest her part in the murder. This role works well for Gemma, who has an enormous body count stemming from her actions, and has goaded both Clay and Jax into committing any number of atrocities. It may be worth noting, then, that Lady Macbeth dies by her own hand when she is finally overcome with the guilt of what she’s done. It may be that Kurt Sutter is setting Gemma up for a confrontation with Jax that she will escape from, but lose everything she holds dear; at that point, she may feel she has no other option than suicide.
If we stick with Hamlet, however, it’s interesting to note that Bobby died as a direct result of Jax’s actions, placing him in that key Polonius role. As for poor Nero, he seems so close to finally getting his farm and getting the hell out of charming–kind of like that old cop cliche where they’re killed only days before retirement. Things don’t look good for Nero, in my opinion, which is a damned shame because he’s probably the most honorable character on the show at the moment.
Certainly, I have had to revise my opinion of who will play Fortinbras, coming in at the end to find the ruins of SAMCRO. I had thought August Marks the likely candidate, but that seems somehow unlikely given the events of the last few episodes. Perhaps Lodi or even Alvarez will have to step into those shoes.
One thing is very clear, though: shit is about to hit the fan.
UPDATE: September 12, 2014
So I’ve watched the season premiere now, and had a little bit of time to reflect on it. While it would be a reversal of sexes, it may just be possible that Gemma is actually the Claudius figure. She was effectively behind the murder of JT, whose “ghost ” haunted Jax. She also played a part in the death of Clay. Far from an antagonist, Nero seems to have taken on the role of placator and diplomat, while Gemma has grown only more ruthless, throwing people under the bus at every turn.
The finale, then, would be Jax killing GEMMA, after she accidentally gets Nero killed during a plot to kill Jax. Frankly, given her single-minded focus on her grandchildren, it’s not particularly far fetched to see Gemma going after Jax, nor would it be remotely surprising to see her ruthlessness result in the inadvertent death of Nero.
Little else would really change in this scenario, oddly enough. Juice, I think, is still the prime choice for Laertes, though I’m starting to wonder if maybe Chibs isn’t too dedicated to Jax to serve as Polonius. You know who isn’t, though? Tig.
I’ve loved Sons of Anarchy from the first season. The writing is excellent, the acting is well done, and the characters are engaging. I suppose it helps that I used to ride motorcycle when I was younger, and perhaps that Kim Coates, the exceptionally talented actor who plays Tig, lives only a couple of hours north of the city I live in, but it’s the story that’s held me for six seasons. Now, with only one season left in the series, I’d like to offer my (somewhat) educated opinion on how I see this marvelous story concluding.
SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE SOA SEASON 6 FINALE, STOP HERE.
It’s not a big secret that SoA resembles Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In fact, I might argue that any story written about a son whose father is killed and supplanted will be seen that way, solely because Hamlet is so well remembered among Shakespeare’s plays, and is still often taught in high school. However, as the seasons have played out, it has become clear that Kurt Sutter is using Hamlet as inspiration for his own masterpiece, though with his own artistic interpretations bridging the gap between the life of the privileged Prince of Denmark and the son of a biker gang king.
Being a literary nerd, I can’t help but make the connections between Hamlet and SoA, and I thought it might be worth sharing my thoughts on it, for those who may not remember Hamlet as well, or may not have bothered to make the connections themselves.