The Sons of Anarchy Season 3 finale looked to be in a corner. It seemed that the Sons of Anarchy Season 3 finale couldn’t end any other way than to destroy Jax, and fracture SAMCRO, forever. Thanks to Jax’s alliance with Stahl, one wrong move in the final hunt for Jimmy would destroy the club in some fashion. With change already on the way for Charming as a whole, a shakeup in SAMCRO seemed to be the logical final step this year. However, the Season 3 finale for Sons of Anarchy ended in a few different directions after all.
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Jax had already managed to find Abel, renounce his father, get Tara back, and reconcile with his family. However, his final task this year appeared to be impossible, as he had to deliver Jimmy alive to Stahl while keeping his betrayal a secret.
As such, the season finale was one long, 90-minute slow burn to the end. Along the way, Gemma tried once again to kill the deal, Jax made a final gesture regarding his father, and Hell’s Angels legend Sonny Barger popped in as Lenny the Pimp.
But, finally, payment came due as SAMCRO tried to make the deal for Jimmy. In one long final act, all was resolved – yet not in the way it first appeared. Needless to say, a few long, simmering loose ends were finally tied up, and a few major problems for next year were set up. As soon as all was revealed, fans likely stayed around to watch the subsequent rerun to see how the twists were foreshadowed.
Ultimately, despite the chaos, the Season 3 finale did not destroy SAMCRO. Since Season 4 was approved weeks ago, they had to stay alive in some form. Yet when they do come back, they will be in a whole new ball game in many respects.
The trajectory and focus of this year divided more viewers than usual, at least until the end. Now that they’ve gotten Abel, the IRA and John Teller’s family secrets out of the way, fans will expect more typical madness for next year. What’s more, something that fans had guessed about from the very beginning may be ready to get addressed.
Following the third season finale, the motorcycles will be turned off until fall 2011. FX will be sad to see their highest-rated show on hiatus, but viewers will spend the time revisiting and reanalyzing this year – and hoping for more consistency in the next.
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