A few months ago I made predictions about “Sons of Anarchy” for the website Mandatory. Unlike some people (I am looking in your direction, Washington, DC), I believe in a little thing called accountability.
So let’s see how full of it I was with my “Sons of Anarchy” Season 6 predictions.
Prediction: Clay Will Not Die in Prison
The Verdict: I was right. Clay died, but not in prison. He died the way we all expected him to–in an airplane hangar surrounded by Irish thugs during the second-to-last season and not even in the final episode of that season. Wait. No. That’s exactly how no one expected him to die. It was a surprise but not the good kind like in “Game of Thrones” where you go, “I can’t believe they randomly killed Sir Goldenchest of Joustshire” or whatever. Clay’s death was a letdown. Jax now has no great enemy to fight in the final season. It’s like if Luke Skywalker had killed Darth Vader in “Empire Strikes Back.” I’m afraid we could be in for Ewoks next season.
Prediction: Lee Toric Will Become a Cruel Pain in SAMCRO’s Ass
The Verdict: It is frightening how literally correct I was on this one. And that’s enough about that.
Prediction: Prison Will Hasten Tara’s Evolution Into Gemma 2.0
The Verdict: I’m giving myself a yes on this one. What Tara did with the fake pregnancy was a Machiavellian Gemma move. You could even see it in Gemma’s face. Oooh, this girl’s good. That’s what I would have done.
Prediction: Lincoln Potter Will Return
The Verdict: No, and I really hope that the sheriff’s death at the end of Season 6 is what brings him back. He’s no Clay, but he’s a good nemesis, and if anyone can take down the Sons, it’s this lunatic lawman.
Prediction: Nero Will Die
The Verdict: He lived. This was a shocker because anyone who sleeps with Gemma’s days are numbered. I still think it’s coming for Nero. Just didn’t happen in Season 6. Will it be Jax or Gemma who does him in? Or will the street get him? That’s a big question to be answered in Season 7. And how good is Jimmy Smits? Hollywood, put him in everything, please. (My friend Victor just wrote me and said: “How badass is Jimmy Smits? He can convincingly play a cholo while wearing a cardigan and holding a coffee mug.” Exactly.)
Prediction: Bobby Will Be Forced to Do Some Shit He Doesn’t Want to Do
The Verdict: Wrong on this one, too. He was on board with Jax this season. And he didn’t exactly say no to the crown when Jax handed it to him. Safe to say, Bobby mainly liked the shit he had to do this season. Also, actor Mark Boone Junior is now one of those guys I never want to see in any other TV shows, kind of like every actor from “The Wire” and “The Shield.” I know these guys are entitled to their careers, but please don’t do a two-episode arc on “Modern Family” or whatever because I selfishly need Mark Boone Junior to be Bobby Munson forever.
Prediction: More of the Same Old, Same Old
The Verdict: Oh, they blundered. They always blunder. Looking in your direction, Juice. And Jax for handing the Irish a loaded machine gun in front of the Chinese. How these guys are not all dead or in prison I will never know. They really are the worst criminals ever. It would not shock me if Dignan from “Bottle Rocket” became chapter president next season.
Prediction: Gemma Will Die
The Verdict: I thought Gemma would get it, not Tara. That Gemma would violently confront Tara was inevitable, but I was still shocked and surprised that it did happen and how it happened. You never want to think a human being — even a fictional character — is capable of such horrible, awful treachery. This was the most memorable and bloody moment of the season, and there were many of them. Credit the writers with supplying a grisly, memorable and sort of perfect moment for how Gemma vs. Tara had to end.
Prediction: Jax Will Get Tara Back But Lose Control of the MC
The Verdict: Nailed it. Before Tara died, I had the thought that maybe these two will keep in touch while he is in prison, and maybe by laying down his freedom for their boys she will find a way to forgive him and they will reunite in Oregon where she will work as a doctor and he will read from his man journal to hipsters in independent bookstores. It was a longshot, but there was a shot they would work it out. They did sleep together one last time. And, of course, he had to give up control of the motorcycle club to free his boys.
Final Record: 5-for-9
Next season will be interesting. If Jax is arrested, how long will Juice and Gemma hold onto the truth? Jax will find out Gemma killed Tara, then what? How does the DA avenge the death of the sheriff? Does she go gangster? Does she bring in Lincoln Potter? Does she put her trust in The Strike Team? (Oops. Wrong Kurt Sutter Show.) I don’t know, but I’ll be watching to find out.
No Ewoks, please. Real foes. This show deserves a spectacular ending.
Joe Donatelli is the author of Full Griswold: Stories from a Honeymoon in Italy.