‘Sons of Anarchy’ Lets Slip the Truth That Will Tear the Show Apart

The closing moments of “Faith and Despondency” set the stage for a terrible run to the series finale on Dec. 9

"Sons of Anarchy" - "Faith and Despondency"

(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Tuesday’s episode of “Sons of Anarchy” entitled “Faith and Despondency.”)

They’ve held onto this secret for longer in this final season than many people expected, but on Tuesday night, someone finally spilled the beans. Making it even more tragic, it was perhaps the show’s most innocent character.

Coming after a touching scene where Jax (Charlie Hunnam) finally revealed to his son that Wendy (Drea de Matteo), who has been helping care for him, is his true birth mother. Abel (Evan/Ryder Londo) has been reeling under the weight of too many secrets and lies, leading to a cutting scene. He blamed Gemma (Katey Sagal) for that, which was just a hint of what was to come.

When Jax went to tuck Abel into bed, the boy asked him if grandma killed Tara (Maggie Siff) so that Wendy could take her place. It was such an innocent and matter-of-fact presentation of what is simply a fact to Abel — he’s overheard Gemma confess to the murder — that there’s no telling how Jax will respond, though respond he will.

That said, there are three episodes left in this ride, and they’ve yet to tear the entire SAMCRO kingdom down around him, as certainly seems inevitable. While Jax may waffle on his belief, it’s sure to fester and lead to one mother of a confrontation.

“Sons of Anarchy” is on a collision course with its own finality, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.