Sons of Anarchy Season 6 “John 8:32” Review

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
– John 8:32

Where does one even begin with last night’s terrific episode of Sons of Anarchy? You know that epic things are on the horizon when you catch sight of Gemma Teller-Morrow on her knees praying before the opening credits or the weekly musical montage. We haven’t seen the SAMCRO matriarch exploring her religious side since Season 2. Whether or not the truths exposed in last night’s episode will set our favorite Charming residents free remains to be seen.

GEMMA AND NERO

The juxtaposition of the morning conversation between Gemma/Nero and Jax/Tara was a powerful display of the effect truths, secrets, lies and lies by omission have had on both couples. For all of the lies and manipulation Gemma has orchestrated, there is something refreshingly different about Gemma when she is with Nero. I don’t know if it is fair to say that Nero has made Gemma a better person, but he’s certainly made an honest woman out of her. For Jax and Tara, the secrets and broken promises have left one half of the couple incapable of being able to say “I love you.” Wow.

I like Nero, but sometimes his meddling can be a bit much. To his credit, he is proving to be a very loyal business partner to Jax as the last man standing in SAMCRO’s failed effort to expand its companionator business. I guess a little credit is due to Robocop for not using Alice’s death for leverage with Patterson.

How funny was Happy’s reference to the old whore as the MILF madam?

On another note, Gemma’s vision as the club and family being one and the same is extremely problematic. Further, Nero shooting Arcadio and Gemma approving of John Teller’s murder are two entirely different situations.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO CLAY

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I miss Clay. Oh man, do I miss his quick, dry wit. Ron Perlman’s performance last night was outstanding. In addition to preaching the gospel of pussy, Clay tapped into his inner Otto and bit off the nose of a security guard. I don’t know how Clay’s escape plan is going to work with the MC now set on giving up the Irish gun connection. I suspect it won’t end well.

HEAVY IS THE HEAD

Kudos to Kurt Sutter for making a huge revelation in the Sons of Anarchy mythology. A disturbed teen who blamed the MC for the death of her mother led to the revelation that the mysterious homeless woman who appears whenever really bad stuff happens to the Teller family is apparently the ghost of a woman killed in the pile up caused by John Teller’s fatal crash.

Credit must be given to Jax, who still continues his push to legitimize the club despite the seemingly endless amount of obstacles placed in his way. Despite the progress he’s made, Jax has very little joy in his life. From the moment that Jax teared up while listening to Alice berate Venus, it is clear that Jax feels immense guilt over the harm his lifestyle has caused his family and over the broken promises made to his wife. As such, getting the club out of guns will not give Jax the absolution he’s seeking. Jax has to make things right at home.

Sons of Anarchy fans probably recall Jax telling Tara several seasons ago that his dad should have run Gemma over and done whatever he had to do to get away from the club. Some people take issue with Tara’s decision to stay with Jax when he told her to go to Oregon, but there’s no denying that she’s doing exactly what Jax said his father should have done. Will Jax, particularly after his conversation with the troubled teen, move beyond his initial rage over what Tara did?

That leads to this week’s . . .

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
You guys are definitely feeling as torn as I am about the future of Jax and Tara. Half of you believe that the couple will be together at the conclusion of this season, which would be quite impressive if their respective betrayals come to light.

Will Jax forgive Tara’s betrayal?
Yes.
No.
Other
Please Specify:

Poll Maker

I’m still not sure about whether Jax and Tara will stay together, but I have a feeling that Tara won’t need to use that gun in her lap when her husband returns home. By the way, that closing scene with Tara singing a lullaby with Tommy and a gun in her lap was chilling. The performances by Charlie Hunnam, Maggie Siff, Jimmy Smits, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal were excellent.

SOCIAL SUPPORT

This week’s fan-related feature is all about the cast and crew giving back to fans. This Sunday, November 10, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter will return to his home state of New Jersey for a special fan event that will raise money benefiting the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief fund and Theo Rossi’s charitable foundation, Staten Strong. Sutter’s wife and SAMCRO matron Katey Sagal (Gemma Teller), Kim Coates (Tig) and Theo Rossi (Juice) will also be in attendance. Fans will watch an advanced screening of next week’s episode, participate in a Q&A session and enjoy a musical performance by Sagal and Bob Thiele. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the charitable foundations. Below is this week’s edition of WTFSutter in which the show runner discusses what fans can expect at the event:

I was lucky enough to land a VIP ticket to the event, so I will report back next week with details!

OTHER OBSERVATIONS

– “Sistah be doing it with the real flow.” – I don’t think I quite know what that means either.

– I don’t know what to make of Chucky and his kazoo, but of course I liked it.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK

Vote in the poll and sound off on this week’s episode below! I want to know your thoughts on Gemma’s shocking revelation to Nero. Will the meddling, cardigan-wearing, spiller of beans share that tidbit with Jax? I hope he does, but I don’t think we’ll be so lucky. Besides, it was pretty strongly implicated in season 5 that Jax suspected Gemma’s complicity in John’s death.