‘Sons of Anarchy’ Series Finale Review: “Papa’s Goods”

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Sons of Anarchy’ season 7 roars out its 13th and ultimate episode of the final year, series finale “Papa’s Goods,” as Jax deals with the fallout of last week’s brutal deaths, trying to spare SAMCRO another visit from the reaper in the war with the Irish, Charlie Barosky and August Marks.

Last week’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ installment, “Red Rose,” saw Jax wrestling with the decision of his mother’s fate, while external pressures threatened to tear the club apart. So how does “Papa’s Goods” roll the series roll into its inevitable conclusion?

Read on for your in-depth review of everything you need to know about ‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 7 episode 13, series finale “Papa’s Goods”!

Amid the highs and lows of ‘Sons of Anarchy’’s final ride, I’ve found myself turning over the finale season of ‘Dexter,’ both series that seemed somewhat uncertain of their overall identity by the end. ‘Sons’ has always billed itself as a pulpy soap opera permeated by thugs and motorcycles, often aspiring to far grander dramatic alliterations, and while most of the seventh season’s major plots had been resolved by the many deaths last week, at the end of the day, “Papa’s Goods” wants to reflect more on the legacy as a whole. That’s certainly a fitting end for Jax Teller, moreso than Dexter Morgan ever had, though I’d understand complaints of last night’s finale feeling more like an epilogue than any kind of specific cap to the final season.

Jax enters the final episode in a state of peace, a reminder of something Kurt Sutter told us before the season began, in that we’d never seen the character with as much drive and focus as depicted in the final season. Granted, we opened the year on the wool of Tara’s death pulled over Jax’s eyes by his mother, that same determination and mad genius emerges once more do what’s best for the family and club, rather than bloody revenge. The show pulls few punches in telegraphing Jax’s ultimate fate, saying heavy-handed goodbyes to Lyla and Nero, or cutting away from Jax’s conversation with Chibs to the point that a Mayhem vote had to have some surprise resolution.

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