Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Sons of Anarchy (read our recap), stop reading now. We asked Theo Rossi (Juice) and Maggie Siff (Tara) to take us inside key moments.
After Darvany, the junkie mother of the 11-year-old shooter, tried to leave the club’s “protection” with Arcadio (who Nero shot and killed), Jax had Juice dope Darvany to keep her “even” – and, we presume, also instructed Juice to suffocate her. “I think that scene is gonna freak a few people out – how methodically Juice is doing things now. It’s seeing this other road that he’s about to go down,” Rossi tells EW. “What’s so brilliant about Kurt [Sutter, the show’s creator] is just when I thought I couldn’t see any more sides of this character, we’re gonna see the beginning of a really dark place for Juice. Not dark as in crying and being a mess; I just think he’s in survival mode and lost. He wants to do anything he can to make Jax happy and almost get back to the way things were. I just don’t know if he’ll ever get back there.” Neither do fans, who aren’t convinced he’ll even make it to this season’s finale. “I literally have people come up to me and they’re like, ‘Ohmygod, I thought you were gonna die last episode.’ They say that to me no matter what. I could be in the episode for four seconds, and they’re like, ‘I thought you were gonna die,’” he says. “I actually love that, because it shows that people really care about this character – that this character, one way or another, has resonated with people through all his trials and tribulations.”
The episode – titled “One One Six” after Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116, which Lee Toric quoted at the end of Gemma’s visit with Clay – also marked a new direction for Tara. Those notepads she was jotting on in jail are filled with information to be used against Jax when Lowen files a motion to make Wendy guardian of the boys should anything happen to Tara. Lowen said she’ll move on that motion now and wait to file for Tara’s divorce from Jax until right before her trial, which will begin in six weeks (who knows how long that will take in SOA time).
Tara’s reunion with Jax when she was released on bail wasn’t what we expected. They didn’t speak a word when he picked her up on his bike. In a recent conference call with reporters, Siff confirmed there was never any dialogue scripted. “The way [director] Peter Weller wanted to shoot it was that they’re both pretty inscrutable to each other and are content to have it be that way,” Siff told us. “I really liked the way it turned out. I thought it was very jarring, interesting, and provocative.” Then there was that final shot of Jax and Tara having sex in their bed, not looking at each other, her fighting back tears under the weight of him and his club tattoo. “It’s just further evidence of going through the motions,” Siff told us. “Charlie [Hunnam] and I have a real shorthand for how we deal with those things. We talked about it, and we were like, all right, here we go. We did it, and it was sad and hard. But I think it was a good moment for the show to show the depths of how disconnected they are, that even in the middle of that, they couldn’t be farther apart.”