Tuesday night marked the end of one of televisions most successful series, Sons of Anarchy. Kurt Sutter really sent this series out with a bang. The sins of the father seems to have been a common theme throughout the show's 7 season run, and last night's finale was no different.
If you have yet to watch the finale, I will post all spoilers at the end and they will be blurred out. You can click and reveal them if you so choose. I will tell you, no matter how much you have prepared yourself for the end of Sons, you will not be ready for what the finale will throw at you.
Violence, death and emotional roller coaster rides have been the norm on Sons of Anarchy, but last night's finale was by far the the most difficult episode to watch. I am not the type to get emotional over television shows, but there were a few times last night that got me a bit misty eyed. Being a fan of the show since the beginning and seeing all of the characters grow, I could not have picked a better ending. Kurt Sutter is more than a writer, he is a modern day Shakespeare. The ending was so poetic and book-ended the series perfectly.
Jax's life pretty much came full circle last night. It started in the very beginning of the episode when he tosses his bloodied sneakers into the trash and pulls on a pair of boots. This was never actually made clear, but judging by the wear on the boots, they looked like they may have belonged to his father. I only saw a couple of things coming last night and the first being Jax getting on his father's old bike. Having Jax turn into what he has been trying to avoid through the entire series was a stroke of pure genius.
The scene between Jax and Nero in Teller-Morrow was one of the most emotional scenes of the episode and possibly the entire series. This is where the pieces start to fall into place. When he says goodbye to Able, Thomas and Wendy really put the nail in the coffin of the impending doom of Jax Teller.
Having Jax be the one to take out any remaining threats to the club was also a pretty great way to illustrate his love, devotion and need to protect his family and his club. Outside the courthouse, he gets a little help from the homeless woman that has made appearances when times get tough in every season. She is eating what appears to be bread with a red mark on it that looks strangely like blood. This will come back into play at the very end.
When Chibs becomes the new club President, the emotion went from about 5 to a full blown 10. It was also refreshing to see someone as strong as Happy become a little emotional when he says goodbye to Jax. There is hint of Gemma in him when he says "I'm ready". After the club let him go, I knew what was about to happen.
When Jax apologizes to John and tells him that he gets it, that is where I felt Jax really became a man and finally understood the life. After the cop pulls up and Jax leads them on a chase down the same stretch of highway his father was killed on, riding his bike, I really knew what was coming.
Ready for a bit of irony? When they show the close up of the truck driver that was barreling down the highway, it is the very same driver that took Gemma up north.
In the final couple of minutes, the almost calm in Jax was brilliant. All of the crows flying around combined with the music selection, gave this last stretch an almost unbearable sadness. As Jax lets go of the bike and places his arms outward as he heads towards the truck, he transforms into somewhat of a martyr. He hits the truck and dies to protect his family, club and town. As a puddle of blood begins to creep on screen, a hunk of bread with the same red streak on it is laying on the side of the road being picked at by crows. This was the most beautiful use of symbolism I have ever seen.
I am sad to see Sons of Anarchy come to an end, but I could not have chosen a better ending myself. Thank you Kurt Sutter and company for 7 amazing seasons. I for one can't wait to see what Mr. Sutter has in store for us next. If you are not already following Kurt on twitter (@sutterink), be sure to do so and let him know how much the show will be missed and maybe drop him a bit of a thank you.
I will close this review with saying farewell to one of the most well written, thought provoking show to have ever graced television.