You have to hand it to the cast and the crew of Sons of Anarchy, no matter what you think of the season as a whole, they know how to bring it for their season finales and "A Mother's Work" was no exception. Right off the bat you knew things were going to be different and unpredictable because Jax hasn't narrated an episode while writing in his journal for a long time, in fact I would say that he hasn't done that since well before Opie died.
I was really glad to see Jax and Tara's paths converge again. After an entire season of poor communication between these two central characters, they finally came together, and the results were completely unexpected. I loved that Jax finally called Tara out on the fact that she came back to him but I also loved the fact that Jax took responsibility for his own actions and was willing to take the fall for everything so that Tara and his boys could have a fresh start. Knowing the things that Jax has done over the course of this series, it's hard to imagine him going down a redemptive path but you could definitely see the start of that path with this move.
Unfortunately, the path may be a path that Jax never gets a chance to go down because just when we think that things are in the clear, the unthinkable happens. We knew that regardless of whether or not Jax gave his blessing to Tara to take the boys and get out of Charming, she was still going to have to deal with Gemma one last time but never did I think that it would have been that brutal or that the outcome would have been quite so tragic. I always expected Tara to be the one who finally put down Jax's rabid mother not the other way around. Gemma totally massacred her daughter-in-law! The scene just keeps getting worse because poor Roosevelt walked in on the scene before mercilessly being gunned down by Juice!
The final chilling scene of Jax arriving home to discover the carnage that has transpired in his own home is both heartbreaking and stunning. As Jax drops his own gun at the feet of Roosevelt's body, going to the body of the love of his life, DA Patterson arrives to discover the entire scene! What the hell is going to happen in the show's final season?! I can't freaking wait!
A few things that I will say though as complaints not really about the episode but more about the season in general is that I feel that the episodes certainly could have been shorter. There was too much exposition in each episode and too many montages. Cut that shit out next season. There is no reason for this show to be an hour and a half unless you are going to fill it with material that actually matters. As much as I love Katey Sagal, I don't need to hear her singing while the club rides to and from for 10 minutes each episode.
Next, I don't care about Wendy, I don't know anybody who does care about Wendy, and I don't know why there are spending so much time on her especially right now. I will be extremely disappointed if she ends up with the boys by the end of this series.