Did you like the ending to the FX hit show Sons of Anarchy? Like so many other great television programs over the years, it’s hard to end great things. It’s hard to neatly tie everything up. From Game of Thrones to Seinfeld, this is no easy feat. Sons of Anarchy was no different as some fans loved it and others did not. What say you, Outsiders?
Fans of the program on Reddit are debating the ending. Was Jax sacrificing himself for the club the best ending possible?
The original post highlights what the user liked and did not like about it. They wrote, “I personally would have rather seen Jackson find a better way to solve his problems. The way he suicides at the end of the show just doesn’t seem like him at all. I don’t know how else it could’ve ended though with everything he was facing.”
This is a fair point, but to be fair to Kurt Sutter, the show was always trending towards a Shakespearean ending. Kind of like The Sopranos, Tony was not meant to retire a mobster in a dying industry. SAMCRO was not what it was when Clay and Jax’s father were younger.
Jax Teller on ‘Sons of Anarchy’
You could understand both sides, but Jax cares about his family more than anything else. He could have ridden away forever, but he may have changed his mind one day. He needed closure. Maybe if Gemma and Tara are both still around he makes a different choice. Ultimately, he is thinking about his kids and their futures and makes a decision that he believes is best for them in the long run.
Another user wrote, “I was initially devastated by the finale, but I had to remind myself of Jax’s words at his father’s memorial: You can’t be a good father and a good outlaw.”
This was one of the major themes of the show. That Jax wanted to fix SAMCRO, so he could change his own and his family’s future. He thought he could eventually get the club to the point where he could have both. That he could be a good father and a good outlaw. However, over the course of seven seasons, he realizes that this is not an option.
He continued, “Jax’s concern for the livelihood of the club spilled over into his life with Tara and the kids. His concern for his kids and his family spilled over into the direction he wanted the club to go (but not all the time, sometimes he just acted like brutal leader of an outlaw gang with no family). But look at where all of that led to.”
It was a tough finale for SOA fans, but it certainly was one that will forever be debated.