The Televangelist: ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ Season 4 Finale

The finale was certainly the quietest in “Sons” history, but it was deep, haunting and reflective.


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Despite some unevenness and throwaway storylines, I would consider Season 4 the best that “Sons” has ever offered. I’m not sure if the finale felt so much like a series finale, as creator Kurt Sutter first told us, but it certainly sets up a reboot for the club and for the lives of everyone in it. And speaking of life, I utterly admit how wrong I was that a dead Clay would be the only way to make this feel like a series ending. No one expects the Spanish Inquisition CIA as a Deus Ex Machina!

I was excited for Season 4 more than any prior season because of the promise that there would be big changes to SAMCRO, and that the majority of the action would revolve around club issues. I think that this held true, to a point, and even though I wavered on my acceptance of certain dangling plots throughout the season, last night’s ending could not have been more satisfying. If viewers had been asked before the season began who they would like to see ruling SAMCRO, I think most of us would have hoped for Jax as the President, Opie at his left, Chibs at his right, and probably keeping Bobby on as secretary. And so it was, with the interesting future addition of an impotent Clay sitting at the end of the table, a shadow of Piney. JT’s crew is gone, and a few of Clay’s guard remain (mostly embodied in Tig). The rest belong to Jax, and what that means for the future of the club will be fascinating to behold.