“Sons of Anarchy” is ending Season 7 with a bang – and a slash. When Tuesday night’s episode 12 concluded, three of our favorite characters from the hit FX series were found in a pool of their own blood. And while we can’t say we were totally surprised by their demise, Kurt Sutter, the mastermind behind the motorcycle drama, still had us watching the second to last installment with our mouths agape.
[SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched “Red Rose” do not continue reading.]
The first character from “Sons of Anarchy” who was killed off in episode 12 was none other than Juice (Theo Rossi) – a club member who fans predicted would be dead before the series concluded.
How did Juice ultimately meet his fate? When forced to choose between being a prison assassin and his own death, Juice chose the latter. His only request? That Ron Tully (Marilyn Manson) let him finish his pie first before getting his throat slit.
After his last bite, Ron called for a distraction where he was able to stab Juice in the throat multiple times while whispering, “You went out good, sweetheart,” into his victim’s ear.
The second character to be killed off in episode 12 was the most eye-widening “Red Rose” death – at least in our opinion. When Nero (Jimmy Smits) caught wind that Jax knew of Gemma’s (Katey Sagal) whereabouts in Oregon, he sent Unser (Dayton Callie) to bring his old lady home. But once Unser found Gemma – with a life-saving proposition in hand – she refused to follow her friend back to Charming.
Instead, Jax showed up – seeing his mother for the first time since he learned Gemma was the one who really killed Tara (Maggie Siff). He asked for Unser to leave, but when he refused Jax's request, the SAMCRO president shot him in the chest.
The third death explained why episode 12 of Season 7 was dubbed “Red Rose.” With Unser dead, Jax and Gemma were allowed to have one last mother-son moment together where they looked through old photographs and discussed fond memories. Gemma then invited her son out to the garden, where she turned away from Jax, preparing for her execution.
As Jax struggled to carry out the plan, Gemma comforted her son, reassuring him that he needed to pull the trigger because “it’s who they are.”
Jax then painted the white roses of the garden red with Gemma’s blood when he shot her in the head.
Were you surprised by the deaths of episode 12? Find out what the series finale has in store for fans HERE and make sure to tune in to episode 13, “Papa’s Goods,” on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 10 p.m. EST.