Yahoo! TV Q&A: 'Sons of Anarchy' star Maggie Siff previews the season finale and talks about THAT scene with Otto
So much has happened in the fifth season of FX's "'Hamlet' on motorcycles" drama "Sons of Anarchy" that it seems as if Dr. Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) married her bad-boy biker club president Jax (Charlie Hunnam) in a brothel during a completely different season.
But that was how Season 5 began, and a lot has gone down since then -- Damon Pope's vicious murder of Tig's daughter, Opie's heartbreaking death, Gemma's accident that nearly killed Jax's sons, the introduction of Gemma's new boyfriend Nero (Jimmy Smits), and Pope's demand that Jax turn his SAMCRO brother Tig over to the mobster -- that the Dec. 4 season finale had to be nothing short of epic.
Teaser: Yahoo! TV has seen the episode and it is shocking, brutal -- at least two scenes are so graphic you should make sure dinner is consumed before watching -- and provides both resolution and new angles on storylines that will be left dangling into next season. It's the sort of finale that leaves you satisfied with the season you've just watched but already itching for the next one to begin.
Watch a preview of the Dec. 4 season finale:
And much as the season was about Jax and SAMCRO, as always, the women of "SoA" continued to be front and center in Season 5. Siff's Tara tried to help her man and the club by persuading Otto to retract the testimony that would have led to some serious jail time for her hubby, and while the club may skate by, Tara's in legal hot water herself just as she got a job offer that could save her family from the ills of Charming.
Read on for Yahoo! TV's talk with Siff about the season, Tara's incredibly complicated life as a biker wife, and that very awkward scene in her bedroom after she visited Otto at the prison. Then check back after the season finale for Part 2 of our chat, in which she discusses the finale and what's ahead for the Tellers.
Season 4 ended with Clay, and therefore Gemma, ousted as SAMCRO leader, and Jax and Tara as the new king and queen. Did Tara start this season thinking she had the upper hand with Gemma?
Yes. Certainly, for the first part of the season, she felt ... well, I think it's a combination of things. Her position in the club, and the feeling of Jax being in charge, and then all of the guys being there in support of Jax and, by association, Tara, that gave her a feeling of power and protection. But I also think that at the end of last season, something started to move through the character of Tara. It was dark, and it was powerful too. It was like, "F--- this ... My life is what it is, and I get to decide how it goes down. I'm not going to be so f------ scared all the time anymore, and that includes Gemma."
I think that's just about a person hitting a wall within themselves but also coming up against really difficult life circumstances and surviving them. I think certainly for the first half of the season, Tara felt more ... even though her life felt slightly more circumscribed, I think she felt more powerful. Even as she was losing control at different moments, I think she still felt stronger than we've seen the character feel before. Then, as the season progressed and things started to spin more and more out of control, I think again she had a feeling of how much bigger these circumstances were, bigger than what she could control.