For seven seasons, Sons of Anarchy fans have watched Jax Teller perform acts and retain memories that most people in the real world are incapable of living with. He’s been a maelstrom of gore-soaked bedlam for both his SAMCRO brotherhood and his immediate family, as well as a shitload of people who he was far less fond of. It sometimes only takes one lit match to bring down even the most well-constructed house, and Jax is the trick birthday candle that just never stops burning things…and it’s attached to the front of a Mack truck made out of automatic weapons. There soon won’t be anything left for him to destroy.

Jax has to go. And not just to prison. He has to go away for good. And while I’m pretty sure I could list at least a dozen justifiable arguments for the necessity of Jax’s demise, here are the three biggest reasons why Jax Teller should long be pushing up the daisies by the time creator Kurt Sutter’s next series is on the air. That Sutter loosely based Sons of Anarchy on the tragedy-filled Hamlet, which ends with basically everyone dying, is the unofficial fourth reason.

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Jax Stands for Nothing Now
I used to like Jax; I really did. When Sons of Anarchy began, he was a fatherless ruffian attempting to carve a sunshine-friendly knothole into the life and times of SAMCRO. Even though he had many people on his side, the series was Jax against the world, and audiences were expected to join his quest to keep SAMCRO as respectable and bloodless as possible. Then his worldview shifted and it became a quest to keep Tara and his sons safe and on the path to a better life, and we were still with him, because he was building his case against Big Bad antagonists like Clay. But now, especially after this season of misdirected vengeance, Jax’s motivations aren’t even shadows of their former selves.

He’s now on his way to a Mr. Mayhem vote for a murder that is just the latest in an extremely long line of them, but it’s been a long while since Jax had a real endgame behind his actions. His treatment of Juice – which flipped from murderous revenge to stringing him along for club duties – is a microcosm of Jax’s actions as SAMCRO’s President, which have always been more about solving ten different small problems instead of one massive one. His gameplan is a bullet-riddled mess and there’s nothing left for him at SAMCRO. And we all know that the life of a former club member is no life at all, so it all needs to end.

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