‘Sons of Anarchy’ Review: “Greensleeves”
‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 7 roars out its 7th episode of the final year, “Greensleeves,” as Juice's ultimate fate is revealed, Jax's attempt to destroy August Marks catches Bobby's eye, and Gemma fears that her son has learned the truth about Tara's death.
Last week’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ installment, “Smoke 'em If You Got 'em,” saw Jax attempting to take advantage of shifting alliances between the Mayans and Aryans, while Gemma made her way back to Charming, and Juice attempted to broker a deal. So, how does “Greensleeves” keep the series rolling toward its inevitable conclusion?
Read on for your in-depth review of everything you need to know about ‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 7 episode 7, “Greensleeves”!
We’ve officially passed the halfway point for ‘Sons of Anarchy’’s final season , and while “Greensleeves” certainly had plenty going for it in terms of action and a few twists, the song remains the same without Gemma’s lie coming to the light of characters over the age of 5. There’s some decent A-to-B plotting of ancillary characters as Jax pivots his next angle against August Marks, as well some intriguing developments to play out in the coming weeks, but for now, even with Bobby’s eye resting firmly within tupperware, nothing too inherently final has permeated the FX drama’s last hours.
It wasn’t entirely surprising to have Juice spared the reaper’s swing once more, considering what happened the last time Kurt Sutter teased the young biker’s life hanging in the balance, though it does set up some intriguing developments with Lin going forward. The reprieve taking place at a memorial for John Teller’s death was a nice touch, and we imagine Juice has some mixed feelings about an assassination mission on Lin, as one of the only adult characters to know that the gangster had nothing to do with Tara’s murder. Still, considering how many times the character has escaped execution, Juice’s latest escape had to have frustrated a number of viewers.
For all the shifting Mayan and Niner alliances, the fact remains that all of Jax’s machinations will mean nothing against Gemma’s ultimate revelation of Tara’s murder, if only to reap the consequences of an entire season spent with bad decisions. Faulty information is, after all, what led to Gemma killing his son’s wife in the first place, and nearly strikes again tonight as neither Rat nor Happy so much as clarify why Gemma’s presence is needed at the cabin, though we imagine the character’s increased paranoia would have caused trouble all the same. And while the cabin trip ultimately petered out of any consequences, “Greensleeves” at least gave the intriguing twist of clueing Abel into his grandmother’s confession of Tara’s true death.
What little self-awareness the series has to be found arrived in a few earnest moments of club business, as Jax acknowledged allowing a personal quest to place his brothers’ lives in jeopardy, thanking the club for their unwavering support. The notion lacks resonance without any club members displaying agency over the increasingly dim outcome of each subsequent plan, though we imagine Bobby will at least open his eye
s to Jax’s reckless behavior. Gemma’s truth would certainly compound that fury, though again, the series seems to want to hold back the revelation as long as possible.
And that’s it, really. Some typical ‘Sons of Anarchy’ action, gunplay against a few sleazy one-note antagonists, a few gruesome twists, and some further wheel-spinning, both literally and figuratively. Along the way, Nero again plotted to take over his uncle’s farm, presumably titled the “Live-4-Ever,” and we’re told that the surviving Eglee is honkey-dorey with the club’s illicit acts, so long as they don’t pump any more bullets into her. Progress?
AND ANOTHER THING...
- Hey, it's 'Six Feet Under''s Mathew St. Patrick! I marathoned 'Six Feet Under' over the summer for the first time, so...yeah. Got that going.
- Wasn't Courtney Love on this season once?
- It's at least interesting to consider that the loss of Tara places Jax firmly with the "wrong" family, losing his moral center to the club lifestyle and his mother's influence, the John Teller reference compounding that idea.
- The Gemma exchange with Chucky was admittedly sweet.
- At least Bobby got to sing again, right?
Well, what say you? Did you get your fill of road-rashing ‘Sons of Anarchy’ action? What did you think about tonight's latest, “Greensleves”? Join us next week for another all-new ‘Sons of Anarchy’ review of season 7's latest “The Separation of Crows,” and stay tuned as we bring you additional coverage on season 7 from cast and crew!