His face fades to a skull and back again, begging the question, is he the Reaper or a man who’ll be dying? Both?
Fans who know creator Kurt Sutter’s Hamlet inspiration will find it especially poetic: The famous Gravediggers scene, when Hamlet eventually comes face-to-face with the skull of Yorick and contemplates man’s inevitable end, begins the play’s final act following the death of Ophelia.
It starts with the Gravediggers debating whether Ophelia deserves a Christian burial after committing suicide. Spoiler alert for anyone marathoning Sons of Anarchy before the final season this fall, Gemma’s murder of Tara (Maggie Siff)—Jax’s wife, who had been willing to die to save their boys from the kingdom they’d inherit and schemed against him before a reconciliation that EW named one of the 50 Best TV scenes of the year—left viewers mixed on how she should be mourned.
“I get everything from, ‘I can’t believe they killed you off. How could they do that? I’m done!’ to ‘You had to go,’” Siff told EW last month. “I saw Katey [Sagal] the other day, and she said she went to a fan gathering, and people were coming up to her with carving forks to sign. People have different investments in different characters, but people were definitely shocked and upset to some degree or other.”
Judging from this tease from a recent marketing shoot, the graveyard motif will be recurring.*
By Troy L. Smith