Sons of Anarchy (season 7)

The seventh and final season of the American television drama series Sons of Anarchy premiered on September 9, 2014 and concluded on December 9, 2014 after 13 episodes aired on cable network FX. Created by Kurt Sutter, it is about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's Central Valley. The show centers on protagonist Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the President of the club, who begins questioning the club and himself after his wife is murdered.

Sons of Anarchy (season 7)
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Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Release
Original networkFX
Original releaseSeptember 9 (2014-09-09) 
December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)
Season chronology

Sons of Anarchy is the story of the Teller-Morrow family of Charming, California, as well as other members of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original (SAMCRO), their families, various Charming townspeople, allied and rival gangs, associates, and law agencies that undermine or support SAMCRO's legal and illegal enterprises.

Plot

Jax struggles with his recent loss and turns himself into the authorities. While in jail, Jax makes decisions that radically alter the direction of the club and uses it to exact revenge for the death of his wife. Another member's death fuels the hate and lies created by Gemma and Juice, who are on the run and hiding from the club. After Jax learns the truth, he works to make things right with all parties involved. The series ends with Jax making the ultimate sacrifice to complete his part of the story of SAMCRO and fulfill his father's vision.

Cast and characters

Sons of Anarchy is the story of the Teller-Morrow family of Charming, California, as well as the other members of Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original (SAMCRO), their families, various Charming townspeople, allied and rival gangs, associates, and law agencies that undermine or support SAMCRO's legal and illegal enterprises.

Main cast

Special guest cast

Recurring cast

Guest stars

Production

Although Sons of Anarchy is set in Northern California's Central Valley, it is filmed primarily at Occidental Studios Stage 5A in North Hollywood. Main sets located there include the clubhouse, St. Thomas Hospital and Jax's house. The production rooms at the studio used by the writing staff also double as the Charming police station. External scenes are often filmed nearby in Sun Valley and Tujunga.[1]

Sons of Anarchy was renewed for a seventh and final season that began airing in September 2014. Ron Perlman and Maggie Siff did not return. Drea de Matteo, David LaBrava and Niko Nicotera have all been promoted to the regular cast. Robert Patrick, Emilio Rivera, and Billy Brown will be returning in their recurring guest roles, as will CCH Pounder, Peter Weller and Kim Dickens but only for limited appearances. Marilyn Manson will guest star as a drug addict who is a high-ranking member of a neo-Nazi prison sect.[2] Malcolm-Jamal Warner will be joining the cast for a recurring role.[3] Glee actress Lea Michele will also have a guest role as a truck stop waitress and single mother in the sixth episode of the season.[4] Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel actress Charisma Carpenter also has a guest role as an administrative director at a medical facility.[5]

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
801"Black Widower"Paris BarclayKurt SutterSeptember 9, 2014 (2014-09-09)7WAB016.20[6]
In the wake of Tara's death, Jax makes vengeance a club priority. Meanwhile, Juice begins to hide from the club due to his actions.
812"Toil and Till"Billy GierhartCharles Murray & Kurt SutterSeptember 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)7WAB024.83[7]
SAMCRO solicits help from another charter to get a messy job done. Also, Unser decides to investigate Tara's murder.
823"Playing with Monsters"Craig YahataPeter Elkoff & Kurt SutterSeptember 23, 2014 (2014-09-23)7WAB034.13[8]
SAMCRO exploits an opportunity to secure an important alliance. Juice reaches out to Chibs, only to learn his actions are beyond redemption.
834"Poor Little Lambs"Guy FerlandKem Nunn & Kurt SutterSeptember 30, 2014 (2014-09-30)7WAB044.04[9]
A past effort to help one ally lead to trouble with another. Also, retaliation from another club leads to deadly results.
845"Some Strange Eruption"Peter WellerRoberto Patino & Kurt SutterOctober 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)7WAB054.32[10]
Looking for the source of a betrayal leads to violence at the Stockton Ports. Meanwhile, Gemma decides to take matters into her own hands.
856"Smoke 'em if You Got 'em"Guy FerlandMike Daniels & Kurt SutterOctober 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)7WAB064.42[11]
Jax takes advantage of shifting alliances to protect the MC and settle a score. Also, Juice seeks help from an old rival MC with an agenda of their own.
867"Greensleeves"Paris BarclayGladys Rodriguez & Josh Botana & Kurt SutterOctober 21, 2014 (2014-10-21)7WAB074.29[12]
In order to undermine a powerful club enemy, SAMCRO makes an uneasy alliance. Things take a turn for the worse when a core member of SAMCRO becomes the target of a new threat.
878"The Separation of Crows"Charles MurrayPeter Elkoff & John Barcheski & Kurt SutterOctober 28, 2014 (2014-10-28)7WAB083.94[13]
The club focuses on flushing out a rat with the search of a missing member at a standstill. Meanwhile, Jax has been hit with unexpected news regarding his father's death.
889"What a Piece of Work Is Man"Peter WellerMike Daniels & Roberto Patino & Kurt SutterNovember 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)7WAB093.88[14]
The club deals with heartache internally and conflict with the organization at large. Meanwhile, Unser and Jarry get closer to the truth about Tara's murder.
8910"Faith and Despondency"Paris BarclayKem Nunn & Gladys Rodriguez & Kurt SutterNovember 11, 2014 (2014-11-11)7WAB104.38[15]
Love is in the air for SAMCRO members, but death wins the day. Abel causes circumstances that don't sit well with Jax and Gemma.
9011"Suits of Woe"Peter WellerPeter Elkoff & Mike Daniels & Kurt SutterNovember 18, 2014 (2014-11-18)7WAB114.62[16]
The SOA organization bears down on SAMCRO as Jax finally comes face to face with a heartbreaking truth regarding the death of Tara.
9112"Red Rose"Paris BarclayKurt Sutter & Charles MurrayDecember 2, 2014 (2014-12-02)7WAB125.05[17]
With tensions mounting and truths finally revealed, Jax must make his ultimate decision. Meanwhile, Gemma pays a visit to an old family member, and Juice decides his own fate.
9213"Papa's Goods"Kurt SutterKurt SutterDecember 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)7WAB136.40[18]
Ghosts loom large as Jax makes the final moves to fulfill his father's legacy. Also, Jax makes it his mission to eliminate loose ends, as SAMCRO finally abolish their "unwritten bylaw".

Reception

Season 7 has received generally favorable reviews. At Metacritic, the season received a score of 68% based on reviews from 6 critics.[19] At Rotten Tomatoes, it received a score of 83% based on 12 reviews, 10 positive, 2 negative.[20]

References

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  18. 'Sons of Anarchy' Series Finale Delivers Series-High 6.4 Million Viewers & 4.2 Million Adults 18-49
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