One fan’s appreciation for ‘Sons of Anarchy’ as its finale approaches

Seven seasons of mayhem, family and SAMCRO are about to come to an end. Jax and crew, you will be missed.

How good has Sons of Anarchy been over its seven seasons? After one particularly agonizing episode from the current season involving the novel use of a grapefruit spoon, I turned to my wife and said, “I think I’ll miss this show more than Breaking Bad.”

He’s got no Emmys on his mantel, but creator Kurt Sutter knows what the viewing public wants: lots of highs, very few lows. While the Sons motorcycle club may traffic in guns, drugs and porn, Sutter’s show traffics in over-the-top, eye-for-an-eye (sometimes literally) drama. Its central protagonist, Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) is Tony Soprano in a leather highway jacket and KD’s sunglasses, always five steps ahead of his competition and, for all his reprehensible acts, ultimately a tragic figure.

And as the final season nears its blood-soaked conclusion, Sutter’s tragic vision has never wavered. People die gruesome deaths, horrific truths get revealed and the gang always goes on. Or does it? Something tells me there might be no one left for a potential Sons spinoff, but come on, do you really want to see Gotta Call Gemma?

Sons of Anarchy Final episode December 9, 10 p.m., FX.

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