If you caught last night’s episode of Sons of Anarchy then you know that the series took a couple of major turns last night. Lines were crossed and there may not be any turning back. Enough with the idioms, though. Let’s talk about next week!

?Stop reading if you haven’t seen last night’s episode of Sons of Anarchy titled “Hands.”

TV Line posted a great interview with SoA showrunner Kurt Sutter that’s definitely worth checking out. One of the really interesting things he talks about is Gemma and Clay’s relationship:?
We have seen the passion and the violence in their relationship in the past, but I do believe this is the first time it was not just a smack and a push and a shove and a scream, but it manifested into absolute rage where he close-fisted and brutally beat her. There are some opinions in terms of why Gemma gave Clay the chance that she gave him [at the end of last week's] Episode 9, and for me it’s because these two had this life together … and I really do believe that Gemma thought she could bring Clay back. She has been his guiding light for such a long time, at the end of [Episode] 9, when she looks him in the eye and says, “Promise me,” she really believes that she got through to him. Clay ultimately making that decision [to order the hit on Tara] is about his own fear and his own ability to trust, which is really his tragic flaw. Once he does that, Gemma feels like, “OK, he can’t be trusted and he is no longer an advocate of moving my family in the right direction.” But it took that act of brutality for her to really get to that place.
Obviously, Clay’s attack on Gemma crosses a major line for his character and for their relationship. Will fans ever be able to look at Clay the same after watching him brutally beat Gemma? Maybe. Sutter seems to believe that we might be able to feel some compassion for him as the final episodes of the season play out.
Clay has got a lot of demons and there’s a lot of reasons for the things that he does, and there are moments where I honestly believe people will have compassion for him — maybe not forgive him, but absolutely have compassion and understanding as to why he does the things he does. That’s what we do on this show, is show the extreme swings we in humanity all exhibit.

As for what’s ahead next week, here’s the preview video for the bulked-up 90-minute episode, which appears to include an appearance by Drea de Matteo’s character Wendy, who also happens to be Abel’s mother. What’s she doing back in town and is she a threat to Tara, who’s already in a very vulnerable situation?

Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX.

Read TV Line’s full interview with Kurt Sutter here.

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