Sons of Anarchy saw chaos erupt and romance bloom in Episode 5 of Season 7, entitled “Some Strange Eruption,” which aired Tuesday, October 7 on FX. The episode saw some unresolved situations coming to a head while others developed. As Sons of Anarchy barrels toward its grand finale, the stakes are at an all-time high, chaos is king, and romance is blooming all over Charming in some of the most unexpected places.
As previewed in the last episode, there are several surprising pairs that have tremendous chemistry and are creating romantic sparks this season on Sons of Anarchy. Tig Trager (Kim Coates) and Venus Van Dam (Walton Goggins) shared some very memorable and intimate scenes in the last episode, including a very passionate kiss that ended with a cutaway. In fact, their growing bond and relationship has been showcased since the beginning of Season 7. In the process, the audience has learned quite a bit about both characters. Last season, we learned Venus was born Vincent and has a son named Anthony. Not to mention, a cold and heartless mother (Adrienne Barbeau), Alice, who Jax disposed of permanently as she picked Venus apart. This season, we have learned Tig’s given name is Alexander, and both characters are lost souls who have found common ground together. Their bond is relatable and intense, and their chemistry is palatable and very unexpected. Yet, it really does seem to work and makes sense for both characters. Hopefully, these two damaged and lost souls will figure out a way to be together, despite the dangers posed by their lifestyles and potential obstacles that could be encountered as a couple.
Another surprising match encountered in the Sons of Anarchy final season is Nero Padilla (Jimmy Smits) and Wendy Case (Drea de Matteo), who are involved in a very complicated situation with Gemma Morrow (Katey Sagal) and her son, Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam). Nero has been Gemma’s lover since Season 5, and Wendy is Jax’s ex-wife and biological mother of his eldest son, Abel. Moreover, Jax has just lost his beloved wife and true love since childhood, Dr. Tara Knowles, who was portrayed by Maggie Siff, who was brutally murdered by his own mother and remains oblivion to this tragic fact. Furthermore, Nero and Jax have formed a friendship and partnership, as well as a surrogate father-son dynamic. Despite all the complications, Nero and Wendy have terrific chemistry and a great deal of common ground as well as pathos, as both are recovering drug addicts with children. These common bonds were the impetus to this relationship, and by the look of things, this relationship is posed to take center stage and create numerous complications for everyone involved.
As chaos erupts in the Sons of Anarchy final episodes, another romance, which is in full bloom, involves Filip “Chibs” Telford, who is portrayed by Tommy Flanagan, and Althea Jarry (Annabeth Gish), who is the new sheriff in town. The lady law enforcement officer has already proven a match for Chibs and the Sons in more ways than one. She is very tough, smart, intuitive, and not above flexing the law to get the job done. Her philosophy is all about cooperation and gathering intel, as well as establishing lines of communication and trust. Her relationship with Chibs has developed on many levels and is a source of great entertainment. Their banter alone is reason to tune in and their chemistry is off-the-charts. If they make it out of the series alive, the lines of communication in this pairing could be very promising for the future.
As Sons of Anarchy continues its swan song, the final episodes are ripe with romance and chock full of chaos. What about that closing sequence with Juice (Theo Rossi) and Gemma? Will either one walk away unscathed? That question will be explored in-depth in next week’s review. Creator Kurt Sutter promised viewers a final ride to remember and he is certainly staying true to his word, as this episode saw some unresolved situations coming to a head while others developed. As Sons of Anarchy barrels toward its grand finale, the stakes are at an all-time high, chaos is king, and romance is blooming all over Charming in some of the most unexpected places. The final episodes of Sons of Anarchy are broadcast Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on FX.
Opinion and Review By Leigh Haugh
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