Sons of Anarchy’s final episode is about fate, good and evil, the big picture and legacy. Big, powerful themes, but that’s really the only way to go out.
Kurt Sutter (who collects the writer and director credits for Papa’s Goods) has crafted an episode that, like its protagonist, looks beyond the present. After creating a world in which revenge and survival are the only constants, Sutter ends the series in a way that makes re-watching vital; shedding new light, making new friends and issuing tougher threats.
Charlie Hunnam’s reign as SOA President Jackson Teller concludes a long way from his seat at the right of Ron Perlman’s Clay Morrow. Quietly suggesting a safer option became fighting for one, which became killing for one. Episode 13 is no different.
Jax, aware of what The Forum has instructed, sets his affairs in order by taking on the only untouchables throughout Sons’ history. He’s faced down the CIA in Mexican Cartel form, he’s destroyed outlaw motorcycle charters, he’s eradicated numerous federal agents, along with close friends and family. Now, the time finally comes for Jax to lock horns with the IRA.
Combined with Sutter’s writing, Hunnam has given us possibly the most uncompromising character on television. Not likeable or dislikable, he is simply a leader whose moral compass cannot escape his need for vengeance.
Having left loved characters, hated adversaries, countless law enforcement and civilians in their wake, the cast and crew of Sons of Anarchy have set a standard for emotionally involving drama that combines dark comedy with deep bonds of trust and brutal violence. Sons is a show that very quickly created a defined, natural world and then turned it upside down. Artistically produced and a roller coaster to behold, the show stands alone in its sinister wit, relatable thirst for retribution and genuinely troubling family drama – backlit with haunting, whiskey-driven folk-rock in montages that became a sorrowful, yet welcome calling card. Every fan will be praying to the reaper that Sutter, Barclay and co. work together again soon.
For those who have endured and grieved for the fallen, cried and mourned for the lost, the finale does not disappoint. Seven seasons’ (including the staggering penultimate episode) worth of tension and fraught binge-watching have led to Papa’s Goods. The final resting places of these beloved characters is nothing short of poetic.
Sons of Anarchy Season 7 is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription, and on Amazon Prime, as part of a £5.99 monthly subscription.
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