thing i want most from the final season and by now am very, very afraid i won’t get, especially with all the interviews currently floating around:
gemma deals with the fact that for all intents and purposes she killed her child, and we get to
see the moments where even she realizes she’s gone too far and crossed a point you can’t return from (set to montage, natch) and of course the kind of angsty brooding jax is usually good for because while tara and gemma’s relationship may have been often antagonistic, there’s absolutely no doubt they loved each other deeply.
so deeply in fact that at the end of last season i argued tara’s death would serve gemma’s pain more than jax’s (although like i said, brooding machine THERE WILL BE MANPAIN) and i… would hope that’s still true, especially since gemma knew right after it all went down that she just killed her son’s last shot at happiness as well as a woman she loved like her own child. i’m not the happiest with some of gemma’s arc but i can buy in a heated moment of passion she’d attack, for two main reasons: one being that tara represented a very real threat to her power base, and two the simple fact that tara was living the life gemma was supposed to have had. they took care early on to point out how much jax looks like a young jt, and after thomas tara literally was gemma 2.0- jt-alike husband, two young sons, they even rocked the same streaks. looking at a younger version of herself— a self gemma might have been if she had been born past the sexual revolution— poised to steal her family, her club and her power would have been her worst nightmare, and that’s not even getting into her issues with professional women.
i honestly don’t even disagree with the “she had pure motivation” angle, but i’d hope the show veers from emphasizing that and into the consequences of acting thoughtlessly and/or violently on that motivation.
but who fucking knows by now, sutter gonna do sutter and hopefully he pulls this arc into a narratively cohesive and pleasing ending, at the very least.
katey said in her individual comic-con interview “at the same time she loved tara. she can really relate and has a lot of empathy for jax for the loss of her and even though she created the problem, that doesn’t take away from the grief that she feels at losing this woman that she loved.”
so it looks like we are going to get at least a dose of gemma’s remorse and grief on the subject in s7. the show also has at least a fair track record with displaying gemma’s grief or emotional response to things (all of s2, the loss of clay, her general life displacement in s5-6 really) so I’m not too worried about it actually