After Tara made the surprising decision to try and flee with the children on Tuesday night’s “Sons of Anarchy,” there were two obvious questions: Would she manage to really get away, and what role was she going to ultimately have in the finale?
Well, the photo here confirms that Maggie Siff is not going to suddenly be gone from the show. Instead, she may be one of the main focuses of “A Mother’s Work,” and episode that feels like it could take a different approach than much of the rest of the season. Rather than being a big story that could be about shootings and explosions, maybe this will at least in part be a smaller take on family, trust, and what it means to want to care and protect someone else. There is a selfishness in Tara’s actions, but there is also a justifiable amount of righteousness to them. She knows that she will provide a much better life if she can escape from this world than Jax will, mostly because he and Gemma have shown no real progress in that department save for trying to get out of the arms trade. If there are people out there willing to blow up the clubhouse, what would the next round of enemies be willing to do?
With all of this about Tara being said, there are no guarantees that this will be an episode just about family. There may still be violence and mass murder that happens, and a cliffhanger that keeps you guessing until next year. We see the issue of the children, though, as fairly black-and-white: If Tara stays with her kids, there is a chance that they can someday grow up and live reasonable lives, but if she dies or is taken away from them, we don’t really see any hope that these kids avoid the same problems and situations as their parents. Even Jax wanted to start off different, and look what he has become.
You can read so much more news over at the link here, but “A Mother’s Work” is overall the show’s most-secretive episode this year, and that includes having a promo that contains no few footage. The next few days are going to feel pretty long.