With SAMCRO’s various wars nearly wrapped up and a body count that would have Hades green with envy, Sutter gets to work on the real plan in Episode 11 of Son’s Final Ride: breaking hearts.
Jax begins investigating what happened the night Tara died, every bit of the unflinching truth. Alongside this journey, everything else falls in to place. Juice manages to resolve the situation with Henry Lin, which only serves to make the main plotline grittier. Upon realising the club know, Gemma flees. The episode ends with a teary eye and an angry heart, the uncertain fates of Juice and August Marks overshadowed by whether or not Jax can bring himself to kill his own mother.
Kurt Sutter has never been one to shy away from the darker aspects of an already bloody existence for the Sons, but Suits of Woe serves to prove that his powers are increased tenfold when the brutality isn’t physical. Suits of Woe contains no hammers, no BBQ forks and no meat cleavers. It follows Charlie Hunnam as a confused, lonely, broken man, who is finally confronted with his worst nightmare. Since day one, his biker club member has fought to wrestle away from guns and violence and vengeance and push towards what’s best for his family. Sutter takes Hunnam’s brooding tough guy and finally gives him that impossible choice. It’s subtle writing, keeping the big picture in view at all times, and this final push does not disappoint.
Understated and quietly wise, Hunnam’s performance has remained at a sharp excellence opposite outrageous characters, such as Clay Morrow and Agent Stahl. Credit is also due to Peter Weller. Though his character has recently proven to be even more untrustworthy than was already clear, his skills as a director are a commendable attribute for the FX series. Having helmed numerous episodes, Weller has directed the previous three – with Paris Barclay and ‘Big Otto’ himself taking on the remaining two. These have contained some troubling episodes, punctuated with scenes of grim wit and skewed romance. Weller has been entrusted with some of the biggest moments in the history of SoA and is yet to disappoint.
Suits of Woe represents everything that Sons has been inevitably heading towards. The truth is out. There are still a couple of loose ends left for Redwood to tie up, including going against his own club to keep Jax alive and well after Jury’s killing, but mostly we’re headed into new territory. With two hours left to go (and an excruciating week off from the show next Wednesday), Sutter can look over his creation and be assured that even after everything that’s happened, the show is still bleak, intelligent and above all, totally unpredictable.
Sons of Anarchy Season 7 is available on Netflix UK, as part of a £7.99 monthly subscription, and on Amazon Prime, as part of a £5.99 monthly subscription.
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