Sons of Anarchy completely shifted the dynamics of character-driven, action-packed television programming, which made it difficult for fans and critics to agree on which scenes were most memorable. With a catalogue of iconic moments that people still talk about years later, Sons of Anarchy may go down as one if not the best TV shows ever.
Ron Pearlman, Katey Sagal, and Charlie Hunnam weren’t the only ones who benefited from Sons of Anarchy – it also launched Theo Rossi and Ryan Hurst into A-list status. The series was so beloved that a spinoff, Mayans M.C., has followed the rival motorcycle club’s story since its ending. Here’s the show’s best moments.
‘Fire or Knife?’ (Season 1, Episode 5: ‘ Paying It Forward’)
While the first season of Sons may have featured more shocking moments, the scene in which a discredited SAMCRO member has his SoA tattoo burned off with a blowtorch left an impression — and set the tone for what audiences could anticipate from the series long-term.
Tig and Venus ( seventh season, tenth episode: ‘Faith and Despondency’)
Tig and Venus’s complicated romance resulted in one of the most beautiful, vulnerable moments of the show when they confessed their feelings to each other during a tear-filled heart-to-heart at the end of the final season. This moving storyline was so impactful that Goggins earned a Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series nomination at the 5th Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
Juice’s Secret (Season 4, Episode 6: ‘With an X’)
A rule that would prevent someone from joining the SAMCRO motorcycle club was if they had African-American ancestry, which Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz (Theo Rossi) did. It turns out his father was a Black man.
In an attempt to hide his ancestry from the club and being pressured by the sheriff to find evidence against them, Juice tried to steal some cocaine. He was caught by a new member who he killed and framed for the theft.
One of the kindest, most-loved characters on the show started down a dark road from this moment onward.
(Season 5, Episode 13: ‘J’ai Obentenu Cette,’ or I Have Been Deceived By This Man)
The series’ creator, Kurt Sutter played the role of “Big” Otto Delaney a number of times. In one particular scene, while being interrogated by an ex-Marshall who is also the brother of a nurse whom Otto killed, bites off his own tongue and spits it at the two-way mirror in the room.
The End of the Continuity (Season 5, Episode 10: ‘Crucifixied’)
There was also the issue of Otto murdering the aforementioned nurse, which happened before all that tongue-biting business. How did he do it, you may wonder? He smuggled his late wife’s crucifix into prison and used it to murder the woman. While this is certainly a gloomy narrative, Otto’s intention was to allow the U.S. attorney’s office to stop harassing him about turning in his SAMCRO brothers, which could be seen subjectively noble (depending on your point of view).
Gemma’s Painful Past (Season 3, Episode 1: “So”)
In the Season 3 premiere, Gemma (Katey Sagal) was shown to be a softer, no-nonsense character. While on the run, Gemma returns home to see her father, who has Alzheimer’s and has difficulty remembering who she is most of the time. However, while she is at home, she becomes quite timid and vulnerable.
Tara’s Death in Season 6, Episode 13 (‘A Mother’s Work’)
Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) was Jax Teller’s one true love and the mother of his children, but she never really existed outside of Gemma’s shadow. In the Season 6 finale, Gemma assaults and murders Tara with a barbecue fork under the assumption that she will turn against SAMCRO. Some deaths on the show were sad, while others were surprising, but all of them were tragic.
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