Sons Of Anarchy Season Finale Review: “A Mother’s Work” (Season 6, Episode 13)


Going into the season 6 finale of Sons of Anarchy, it’s pretty straightforward that Jax (Charlie Hunnam) has no one to blame but himself for the compromising position he finds himself in before the opening credits even start to roll. But it’s easy to see where he and I might have a difference of opinion given that I’m watching from the sidelines in the comfort and safety of my own home, while he’s busy riding around on a badass Harley, dodging bullets from various ethnically-tied organizations, and orchestrating the deaths of any number of people at a given time.

Stack on top of that the latest plot twist – trying to cope with the fact that his wife just bailed on their marriage, with his children in tow, and may or may not have traded an incriminating number of secrets plus the rest of his life in jail, for a shiny new one – and things are rough all the way around for Jax Teller.

The voice of reason on this episode of Sons of Anarchy turned out to come from the most unlikely of people – D.A. Patterson (CCH Pounder) – and it resonated all the way through. If you want to get technical, I suppose what she really did was create a domino effect that led to an unfortunate ending for everyone, but she didn’t say anything that Jax hadn’t desperately needed to hear.

Patterson managed to express emotions that I never thought she was capable of having, those of a compassionate human being. Her message was not unlike what I’ve been saying all season, even though Jax has made a valiant effort to move the club out of illegal enterprises (which was his ultimate goal, so job well done, or something to that effect), he hasn’t done a commendable job of taking personal responsibility for the state of his family, or the club for that matter.

Even after the threat of the Irish targeting the people closest to SAMCRO became a reality in the form of a keg loaded with enough C-4 to blow up the clubhouse (which has to be the ultimate party foul), Jax still managed to think he was untouchable. Part of that can obviously be attributed to the bravado that comes with being a leader, but he also truly seems to believe it. If the number of bodies dropping around him hasn’t been a clear enough indication of just how quickly life can turn on you, let’s hope losing Tara (Maggie Siff) will be.

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