*Spoiler Alert: The article below contains plot details from last week’s episode of Sons Of Anarchy.
(PCM) With only one more episode of the hit FX Network drama “Sons Of Anarchy” before the series finale on December 9th, things are moving along at break neck pace and many inevitable truths have been revealed.
Last week’s episode was one of the most emotionally charged of the entire series, where Gemma’s lies have finally caught up to her and the truth about Tara’s true killer has been revealed to Jax and the rest of the club.
Gemma’s initial lie about who killed Tara set off a chain reaction of events that created so much unnecessary chaos and bloodshed in the the club, so should she be punished for those actions?
Watching Jax’s highly emotional response when Juice confirmed his suspicions about his mother was heartbreaking. Although that cold streak that lives within his character was also incredibly evident as well, especially when he eerily said to Juice as he was leaving “It will be be quick”, teasing Juices ultimate fate.
Another heartbreaking scene occurred between both Jax and Nero when Jax admitted before breaking down in sobs on Nero’s shoulder that despite all the wrong that she has done, he still loves his mother.
So, will Jax be able to serve his mother the ultimate punishment? We recently spoke with actress Katey Sagal who plays Gemma Teller Marrow on the series about her thoughts on Gemma’s fate, as well as, what fans can be expecting from the upcoming series finale.
Many people feel that Gemma is beyond the point of any redemption, however there are still others that feel she may not have crossed that line yet, as she was only acting for the protection of her family.
Katey tells us ” I think what we’re seeing now is her own conscience finally grabbing her. I still think, though, she believes that her momentary rageful act at the end of Season VI killing Tara was not premeditated and was not something that—she really did believe that Tara had turned the entire club in and her son and it was the downfall of her entire existence. At that moment it was just sort of a perfect storm, and not that she doesn’t realize the heinous nature of it, but I do believe that what’s happening now is that in times before, she was able to compartmentalize and almost rationalize. I think this one was just too much for her.”
Fans of Sons Of Anarchy know that it has been an absolutely incredible ride through seven seasons, however we are certain that there were quite a few challenges along the way as well.
Katey comments “It’s constantly challenging, which as an actor you only hope for, so I felt every season brought a new set of things that I’ve never done before and needed exploring, so it was that kind of job where week to week, episode to episode there was always a little something that I felt like this will be great. I guess the overall challenge of it was playing somebody that was so very different from myself. Her maternal instincts are similar to mine, but her ways and means of doing things were something very foreign to me. I don’t live in an outlaw world and I don’t carry a gun and I don’t do those things.”
We are absolutely devastated that the series is coming to an end, so we can only imagine what the cast and crew must be going through having worked together for such a long time.
Katey reveals “We’ve all sort of known the end was coming, but I don’t think any of us really acknowledged it till the last couple of weeks. We’d have moments on set where people would tear up and we’d say good-bye to one director, but the work really requires you to be pretty much where you are. It’s complicated to keep everything in place in your brain and your character and where you are, so that pulled focused. I think Kurt and I are just—part of us are in denial and we have lots of other stuff in life, so it takes the onus off it. I’m sure at some point we’ll probably crash from it all and we’ll recognize it, but I think overwhelmingly we’re both so grateful that it’s seven years and it’s been such a great experience, so I don’t know that you get too sad really. Things happen. I think it’s ending at the perfect time, I really do.”
Throughout the season we have caught Gemma speaking to the ghost of Tara, as she can be heard and Katey suggests that this is because she is unraveling. She says “They’re super easy to do, because I felt very close to Maggie, who played Tara, and so it’s easy for me, and Gemma felt very close to Tara, ultimately. I think that they had such an intricate relationship, but also very mother/daughter, so I think that I just can put her there very easily and speak to her. And it just speaks to Gemma’s own—as the season goes on, her remorseful moments get stronger and start to eek out and the walls start closing in, but I think that it keeps her connected. It’s like I keep reiterating it wasn’t intentional what happened. It really wasn’t and so it kind of shows her just continuing to connect.
To me it’s interesting, too, that she believes that it speaks to what she believed happens after we die. Clearly she thinks she’s being heard, I would think.”
Sons of Anarchy will without a doubt leave quite a legacy in the world of television. Katey comments “I think Sons, it’s an entertainment show and I always look at what I do and what the services entertainment is that it is just that. It’s service, so you’re providing something for people. The fact that people had become so engaged and so invested in the story and the characters, that’s done something for them. I think that’s its own legacy is that it has become a successful way for people to be entertained.
And so I think, too, that it’s sort of in that wave of everybody talks about of cable dramas that have—it’s sort of like the little independent film world now in television. I think that Sons has helped to open all those doors just as The Shield did, so I would imagine that it will be in the wave of those shows, the Mad Men and those kinds of shows that have come around at this time. I think legacy is such a big word. Really our job is to entertain and I think we’ve done that.”
One of the biggest questions leading up to the series finale is whether or not it is going to be satisfying for fans. Katey assures us “You’ll be really satisfied with the ending. I think Kurt has even spoken about this, but he was trying to approach it like another episode, like the story keeps going. But I think it’s very satisfying and it was very satisfying filming it and I will say that for Charlie and myself. Both of us sort of felt—you’ll have to talk to Charlie, but he liked it, too. It was satisfying for all involved; that’s what I’ll say.”
We were also curious about what Katey will personally miss the most about being involved with the show. She says “I’ll miss so many things. It was a great working environment. I’ll miss the people. That’s what you really connect to and I’ll miss the writing. I’ve been in television a long time and you don’t find great parts that readily and you don’t find great writing that readily. It’s been just a great creative experience to be able to have both of those things, and it’s a colorful bunch of people to work with, so going to work was never boring. I will miss them all terribly.”
Fans are also incredibly curious to see what kind of punishment will eventually be dealt to Gemma. Does she deserved to be killed or suffer with living with the guilt for what she has done. Katey responds “I’d say that is a tough call. That’s a really tough call, because I don’t know given where she’s at now, I don’t know. This is what’s interesting about denial. You know how you read in the news and like you’ll see some, like that one guy they arrested this guy in Santa Monica. He was a mob guy and had been hiding for 40 years. He killed a bunch of people and there he is living in Santa Monica and he’s fine and then they arrested him. So you wonder what the psychology is of somebody that’s really done heinous things how far can we hide that from ourselves and would Gemma actually be able to.
I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s gone so far. To me it seems like either way is horrible, so you will see the way it all pans out, but it’s a tough call. It’s a tough call, but people do do heinous things and continue to have lives. Yes, they do.”
We have all heard the news that Kurt Sutter is developing a new series for FX called “The Bastard Executioner”, so of course we had to know about Katey’s involvement. She reveals “I’m going to be in it. We don’t know in what capacity yet, because he’s now working on it, but that is where we’re going, yes. I will definitely be involved in it.”
Be sure to tune in for the final two episodes of “Sons Of Anarchy” airing on Tuesday night’s on FX.
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