Sons of Anarchy season finale recap: A Mother's Work

A violent, epic conclusion comes when karma bites back
Ep. 13 | Aired Dec 10, 2013

REMEMBER THIS This shot, of Jax (Charlie Hunnam) handing the gavel over to Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) so he and Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) could keep SAMCRO alive after Jax turned himself in, will now be remembered as "happier times." 

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When the DA, Eli, and the ATF agent showed up at Tara's hotel room, Jax was sitting inside on a chair with his legs crossed calmly. That was an awesome reveal. They asked to speak to the DA alone. "This is me, owning my place," he told the DA. His plan: He would turn himself in as the source of the KG-9 used in the school shooting. Just him. Not his club. The DA would drop all charges against Tara. Without a RICO case, the DA couldn't' protect Tara. Jax said she wouldn't need it -- no one would hurt her or the boys, Jax said, and Tara was free to take them anywhere she wants. Jax said he was going to the clubhouse to spend time with his boys, then he'd turn himself in at his house at 6 p.m. that night. The DA accepted that. She said she'd leave Roosevelt posted outside the room.

Honestly, when Jax turned around to hear Tara say, "Thank you," I thought there was a 30 percent chance he was going to kill her. "I love you," he said. It went up to 40 percent. She went to him. "I love you," she said, for the first time this season. It was excruciating to see his hand pass by his knife on the way to clutching her arm. 45 percent. They kissed. His hands went up to her neck. 50 percent. When his hands dropped to her waist and they stopped the kiss and smiled ever so slightly before dropping to the bed, I went down to 0 percent. That smile reminded me of when they finally got alone time after he got out of jail in the season 4 premiere. I was happy, but there's no way Jax is in prison for the final season of Sons of Anarchy, I thought, and we still had a lot of finale left.

At the clubhouse, Jax told Chibs and Bobby his plan. With Jax's history, these charges for possession and conspiracy, parole violations, and priors, Jax estimated he's looking at a 25-year sentence and could be out in seven to 10. Jax said he's good with that. He'll get to see his boys grow, and he assumed things "with brown" would calm down. They didn't tell him about the Mayans slaughtering the Niners, because he didn't need that stress. Jax passed the gavel to Bobby, who didn't want it at first. But Jax insisted that with Bobby leading and Chibs at his side, the club had a chance. He told him to get Cara Cara and T-M back on track and SAMCRO would be fine. Chibs was okay with Bobby leading. There's one more thing, Jax said: He told them he was wrong about Juice. He can't be trusted. He told Chibs to bring Bobby up to speed. Jax left to go downstairs to be with his boys. Chibs said they'd look after his family -- whatever Tara wants, Jax said, they support it. Jax said he loved Chibs and Bobby so much. I got a little teary. Little did I know.

Unser arrived at Gemma's after dropping off Wendy and told drunk, high Gemma that he got a call from Tara's lawyer to pull police archives from Charming. They're arresting Jax, he said. He assumed that meant Tara made a deal. Unser wasn’t going to let Gemma drive anywhere. He'd blocked her car in anyway. Of course, we'd seen him put down his keys when he entered the house, and so had Gemma. She told him she was feeling light-headed and asked him to get her heart pills in her bathroom. She grabbed his keys and left. I decided then she was going to kill Tara. And also that ex-cop Unser should've known better. Love blinds you. If only he'd kept his damn keys on him. OR SOMEONE HAD THOUGHT TO CALL GEMMA AND TELL HER WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

NEXT: 'You betrayed me'

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