If you expected things to be any less brutal during this final season of Sons of Anarchy, you were gravely mistaken. The biggest question may be who will survive and what will be left of them if they do.
Jax ended Sons of Anarchy Season 7 Episode 1 the same way he began it
: covered in another man's blood. Torture and death have become the new normal in his life.
Not that he was ever averse to violence, but whatever compassion and humanity that had lived in Jax died along with Tara.
The idea of taking the club legit was long gone as soon as Jax sat back down at the head of the table. As he said in this Sons of Anarchy quote…
I already lost the woman I love. I'm not going to lose my club.Jax
The club had obviously become his main priority, as he didn't even go home to see his boys after getting out of jail. Maybe dealing with club business was simply easier than having to face his own - motherless - sons.
Patterson's visit to Jax was both poignant and sad. Having lost her own child to violence, she understood the overwhelming desire for vengeance. However, in her world, that was unacceptable. It wasn't an option. But this isn't the case for Jax.
Wendy showed up like a bad penny. I have no doubt that she means well, but she bailed on rehab after only nine days. That doesn't bode well for her chances of staying clean. Gemma's advice to Juice to "stop chatting up the junkie" was too little too late. Wendy knows that Gemma has been hiding Juice from Jax. The odds of Wendy keeping her mouth shut indefinitely aren't good.
When Wendy hid Juice in the bedroom and let Unser in, was she setting Juice up to be found or is she simply that stupid? I didn't suspect her until she asked Unser to go into her closet. With Wendy, it really is anyone's guess.
Watching Gemma care for Tara's boys was difficult. Listening to her profess her love to Jax was stomach turning, although I don't doubt how much she loves him.
But in Gemma's hands, love is a twisted thing. Unfortunately, she wasn't completely wrong to keep the truth from her boy. Knowing that his own mother murdered the love of his life will destroy Jax - but, let's face it, the truth will come out eventually. It always does. Still, if I have to listen to Jax thank Gemma for her help one more time... I might be ill.
As Jax scurried around Charming, killing pastors getting creative about God's work and setting up porn parties for fellow gun runners (Red Woody is an inspired porn production name), Gemma had her own plan.
Jax had asked all of the members of the Sons to be all in going forward. At the same time, Gemma went all in as well.
Listening to Gemma speak to Tara while doing dishes in her kitchen sink had me wondering if this was some sort of self therapy; or if Gemma had actually lost her mind. Either way, whatever conscience she had obviously died long ago.
In order to make sure she was off the hook for Tara's murder, Gemma pointed the finger at someone else. One moment the poor guy was nursing his drink and the next Jax was covered in his blood, as he literally poured salt in his wounds, before stabbing him to death with a carving fork.
If this is the beginning of the final season, I wonder if any of us will survive watching the end.
Tell me, SOA Fanatics, do you want Jax to find out the truth about Tara's murder?
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.