It was a heartbreaking conclusion in the season 6 finale of "Sons of Anarchy". After killing off Ron Perlman's Clay earlier this season, the show bid farewell to another major character close to the main protagonist, Charlie Hunnam's Jax.
In the December 10 outing, [SPOILER ALERT!] Jax tracked Tara (Maggie Siff) down after she took their children with her. Instead of hurting her, Jax agreed to turn himself to D.A. Patterson for providing the guns used by the boy in the school shooting.
Learning of Jax's impending arrest, Gemma (Katey Sagal) thought Tara had ratted Jax out and sought vengeance. She drowned Tara in the kitchen sink and stabbed her repeatedly in the back of the head. Lieutenant Eli Roosevelt (Rockond Dunbar) who witnessed this was shot to death by Juice (Theo Rossi).
At a screening of the episode, both Siff and Sagal left the room crying after watching the emotional scene. When they returned for a Q&A session with reporters, Sagal said, "It's very emotional for all of us when any of us goes down, and there's a lot of people that have gone down and probably will continue."
Talking to TV Guide, Siff admitted that shooting the final scenes "was really hard because my character is supposedly dead but I'm very much there witnessing and experiencing the gamut of emotions that they're having about it."
"Then the scene at the end with Charlie was just really heartbreaking. I kept getting up off the floor crying for him and for the character. He's the one who's left behind. So, I wasn't crying for myself, I was crying for him and the character and the loss of their love and looking at what his life is going to be," she went on recalling, describing the moment as "really painful."
As for how Tara's death would affect Jax, series creator Kurt Sutter explained, "Obviously, it's a major shift in the mythology... I wanted to remove his 'True North,' because I feel like there needs to be this major psychic and emotional shift that has to happen... But what happens to a guy like that now that he's lost both of the people he loves the most, who were able to be his moral compass, with Opie and now Tara. It really is Jax completely untethered and on his own in the final season."
He added, "The final season is really the season where Jax decides whether or not he can be part of any of this again. There'll obviously be emotional fallout from everything, in terms of what's happened and [Jax] trying to discover how it happened and who did it. That'll all play out, but it'll ultimately lead to Jax making that greater decision: Is this the life that he was supposed to lead?"
The upcoming seventh season, which will also be the last for the series, will see Jax dealing with the death of Tara as well as him trying to save SAMCRO. "I think he'll continue to be moving the club into a legitimate business," Sutter dished. "Obviously, what happens with Tara, at least in the beginning, will pull focus. It's not like we spent the season doing that and then we're not going to continue to play that out."