As the “Sons of Anarchy” series finale inches closer and closer with each passing episode (only three left!), our anxiety grows steadily. (SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched episode 10, then stop reading now) When will Jax (Charlie Hunnam) learn the whole truth about Gemma (Katey Segal) murdering Tara (Maggie Siff)? And how will he react to Gemma's lies, which are essentially the root of all of Season 7's chaos?
According to the synopsis for episode 11, “Suits of Woe,” it looks like our burning inquiries may be answered when the installment airs next Tuesday.
"Jax comes face to face with an ugly truth,” the show's vague summary teases -- but those nine words are all we needed to ignite an exciting theory. While it’s possible “SoA” creator Kurt Sutter could be referring to something other than Jax discovering the cause of his wife’s death, it seems the protagonist coming to the terms with his mother’s dark secret is the only plotline that makes sense -- especially since the hit FX series is rapidly coming to a conclusion.
What bolsters our prediction even further is the correlation between our theory and the episode title of the Season 7 installment. “Suits of Woe” is a direct line taken from “Hamlet” -- literature that has influenced "SoA," according to Sutter.
“One of the recurring themes of Shakespeare is the idea that power doesn’t just corrupt, but that the corruption continuously repeats itself. So, motorcycle clubs: They began as these organizations by war vets -- pilots who were used to a very adrenaline-filled lifestyle and were dropped into this post-World War II Eisenhower, simple lifestyle,” Sutter explained to Vulture. “So they started getting together. It was this fraternity of heroic dudes who’d get together and ride their bikes, then maybe have a few too many beers and kick the s--- out of each other. Soon they became what the federal government classified as an organized-crime syndicate.”
The mastermind behind the gore-filled crime thriller added that he “loosely based all” his characters from the play, which was written in an uncertain time between 1599 and 1602. And can you guess who is the story's Hamlet? Spoiler alert: It’s Jax!
Below, Hamlet is having a conversation with his mother Gertrude regarding the murder of his father.
“‘Seems’, madam? Nay, it is. I know not ‘seems.’
'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,
Nor customary suits of solemn black,
Nor windy suspiration of forced breath,
No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,
Nor the dejected 'havior of the visage,
Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief,
That can denote me truly. These indeed ‘seem,’
For they are actions that a man might play.
But I have that within which passeth show,
These but the trappings and the suits of woe.”
The text has been analyzed and simply states Hamlet is expressing his deep mourning over the loss of a loved one. His grief is so overwhelming that his dark clothing/exterior is only a hint of the pain he’s feeling.
Will Jax be having a similar conversation with Gemma in episode 11 of “Sons of Anarchy”? Tune into “Suits of Woe” Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 10 p.m. EST to find out and sound off in the comments section below how -- or if -- you think Jax will confront his mother.