Kurt Sutter on the 'Sons of Anarchy' Finale: Jax and Tara Are Like Romeo and Juliet
Mark Boone Junior as Robert 'Bobby' Munson, Charlie Hunnam as Jackson 'Jax' Teller, and Tommy Flanagan as Filip 'Chibs' Telford in the 'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6 episode, 'A Mother's Work.'
SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers.
When Clay Morrow was killed with two episodes still left to air in Season 6, it was a pretty safe bet that something even more shocking, and more heartbreaking, was going to happen in the “Sons of Anarchy” season finale. Still, could anyone have predicted this: motorcycle mama Gemma — high, drunk, and working off a big dose of misinformation — stabbing her daughter-in-law Tara to death in the head, using a carving fork, while also pushing Tara’s head into a sinkful of dishwater in her kitchen?
Good-guy Charming cop Eli became another victim when Juice burst into the kitchen and shot the sheriff so he could clean up the scene and get Gemma out of the house. That left Jax, who’d agreed to turn himself into district attorney Patterson as the source of the gun from the season premiere school shooting, to walk into the Teller home and find his dead wife.
Patterson, who arrived at the house to pick up Jax in the deal that would clear the club and Tara (and leave Tara free to raise Abel and Thomas while Jax served time), walked in as Jax sat on the floor, sobbing while he cradled Tara’s body in his arms.
Maggie Siff as Tara Knowles in the 'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6 episode, 'A Mother's Work.'
“It is a tragic device that is right out of Shakespeare, ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and that idea of misinformation,” “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter tells Yahoo TV. “That love deserved that kind of heart‑wrenching and tragic ending. I feel like we've rung all the bells that we wanted to, so I'm feeling like we've done our job.”
Sutter — whose series is most often compared to another Shakespearean drama, “Hamlet” — says he knew the end would come for Tara, and Tara and Jax, several seasons ago. But he also feels the weight of how devastating it is for viewers, for the characters, and for the series.
“I've lived with the notion of doing this, really, for three or four seasons now,” he says. “I think my grieving period happened a long time ago, so it's interesting, seeing people's reaction to it. You realize how truly upsetting and devastating it is, which is, I don't say this to be flippant or cavalier, but it really means that I've done my job. I always saw that death as being, not to lean on the whole Shakespearean component of the show, but I always felt like I wanted that death to be just straight-up tragedy. It would feel incredibly tragic.”