Sons of Anarchy features a few subtle foreshadowing moments throughout the series, including one in the last season that hinted at Jax killing his mother, Gemma. Sons of Anarchy, an action crime drama TV series developed by Kurt Sutter, transported viewers to California in 2008 to explore the world of motorcycle clubs.
Sons of Anarchy debuted on FX in 2008 and lasted seven seasons before ending in 2014. From the start, Sons of Anarchy was well-received by both audiences and critics, with the majority of praise going to the main cast’s performances and the topics covered in the series, such as brotherhood, corruption, and racism.
The tale of Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the VP of the motorcycle club Sons of Anarchy in the fictional town of Charming, California, is told in Sons of Anarchy. The story begins when Jax discovers a manifesto written by his late father, John “JT” Teller, one of the MC’s founding members, detailing his ambitions and vision for the organization.
These were quite different from the current President and Jax’s stepfather, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), and they sent Jax on a personal trip that led him to rethink his direction, role in the club, relationships, family, and more, along with other problems inside the club and his family.
Throughout Sons of Anarchy, Jax and the club got themselves into a lot of difficulty, which resulted in the deaths of a lot of characters — some as a result of their activities, like Clay and even Jax himself, and others as collateral damage, like Opie (Ryan Hurst) and Bobby Munson (Mark Boone Junior).
One death that had been brewing for a whole season was that of Gemma (Katey Sagal), and it all began when she killed Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) at the end of Sons of Anarchy season 6. In order to cover her tracks and avoid retaliation from her son, she lied to him and told him the Chinese were responsible for Tara’s murder, tangling Jax in a web of lies and murders that left him no other choice than to kill himself – but not before he killed Gemma, and her death was subtly teased in that same episode through Jax’s limp.
Gemma’s lies were at the root of all of Jax’s and the club’s troubles in Sons of Anarchy season 7, which also resulted in Bobby’s death, and once Jax discovered the truth about who killed Tara, he realized there was no other option than to kill his own mother, which Gemma also knew. The death of Gemma occurred in the second-to-last episode of Sons of Anarchy, titled “Red Rose,” in which Jax began limping.
There was no explanation in the series for why Jax was limping and in agony in that episode, yet his right shoe gets covered in his mother’s blood later on when he kills Gemma. Fans of Sons of Anarchy saw this as a subliminal signal of what was to come for Jax and Gemma, but it also had a backstory: Charlie Hunnam fractured his foot, thus his hobbling was introduced to the series, but it was also given a far deeper meaning with that subtle tie to his mother’s blood.
All of Gemma’s falsehoods simply exacerbated the problem, and instead of defending the club and her son, she ended up doing the exact opposite, as Bobby was slain, the club was constantly in danger, and Jax’s actions forced him to meet Mr. Mayhem – and, of course, they also resulted in her death.
When it comes to Jax’s unexpected limp in the last season of Sons of Anarchy, it’s unclear whether Sutter and crew tied Hunnam’s injury to what Jax was about to do later in the episode or whether it was just an amusing coincidence, but it’s one of many nuances that add to the show’s appeal.