Episode Review: Sons of Anarchy Season 5 Finale

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  • Publish Date: December 5, 2012

Sons of Anarchy, Episode 513: "J'ai Obtenu Cette"
Original airdate: December 4, 2012 on FX

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Sons of Anarchy

Critics have mostly been in agreement in recent weeks that season five of FX's biker soap Sons of Anarchy has been a major improvement over recent seasons, ranking among the show's best years so far. That fifth season came to a conclusion last night with a 90-minute episode (that French title translates to "I got this") that was less plot-twist-reliant than last season's ender. What did critics think of the finale? Sample the morning-after response below, which includes some comments about the season as a whole.

Loved It A.V. Club / Zack Handlen
Given the structure of the season, this finale wasn't as make or break as last year's, but it still needed to land—and it did. Quite spectacularly well, in fact, and in a way that rewards viewers for having faith through all the episodes leading up to this point. ... This was a thrilling, moving, exciting conclusion to a season that brought a troubled show back to its strengths. [Grade: A]
Loved It Cinema Blend / Nick Venable
Holy shit, guys. What an ending to possibly my favorite season yet of Sons of Anarchy.
Loved It Collider / Allison Keene
A great episode ... Sons of Anarchy seems to be reclaiming, slightly, some of the elements that made its first and second seasons so brilliant: emotional drama paired with humor, and a side of violence. [Grade: A+]
Loved It IGN / Diana Steenbergen
As a season finale, it was on the depressing side but also compelling to watch Jax sink further into the mess of plotting and betrayal, and to see him more and more resistant to the people like Tara or Bobby who tried to steer him onto a different path. Just like after last year's finale, I am both intrigued and worried about what will happen next. I'm looking forward to Season 6 already. [Grade: 9.3/10]
Loved It TV Equals / Candice Grace
Overall, a fantastic episode and a satisfying conclusion to the fifth season. I may not have liked certain parts of the fifth season, but it cannot be denied that Kurt Sutter and the writers behind SOA know how to tell an entertaining story. The storylines left over to be continued in season six are compelling and I can't wait to see how they progress.
Loved It TV Fanatic / Matt Richenthal
On a tongue-biting, nail-facing, dog-fighting season finale of Sons of Anarchy, the main reaction from this viewer was not one of loud disgust... but rather stunned silence. [Grade: 4.5/5]
Liked it Entertainment Weekly / Ken Tucker
The entire premise for the series, that of a motorcycle gang, drug-running, women-abusing law-breakers, as tragic heroes we root for, is essentially absurd. When the show isn't running on all cylinders, it becomes downright ludicrous. But this season, it's been pretty wonderful.
Liked it HitFix (Monkeys As Critics) / Geoff Berkshire
It didn't go off the rails. But it also didn't do much to really change the repetitive game we've been watching for five seasons now.
Liked it HitFix / Alan Sepinwall
When "Sons of Anarchy" returns next fall, I'd love to see it ease back on the throttle just a bit, and find a way to explore these great characters without piling problem upon problem upon twist on top of them.
Liked it Huffington Post / Maureen Ryan
It went just about as I expected it would, even before I'd seen it: I knew certain season-long storylines would be tied up, new complications would arise right at the end of the episode, and in between, there would be weird, violent incidents. The Season 5 finale had all those things, but it felt more organic and smooth than previous "SOA" season-enders. Plus, a guy bit off his tongue, which you won't ever see on "Downton Abbey."
Liked it Screen Rant / Kevin Yeoman
And so, season 5 of Sons of Anarchy ends in familiar fashion: With familial manipulation and moral strife effectively upsetting the scales many had labored so hard to balance this season. On one hand, it's a predictable ending to a season that had its fair share of ups and downs ... On the other hand, though, those elements are countered by how well the season told Jax's transformation from hopeful leader to a brutal, angry and vicious man consumed by his need for revenge.
Liked it The Star-Ledger [Newark] / James Queally
A solid finale that marks the end of the show's best season in three years.
Liked it TV.com / Tim Surette
The episode had so much to settle that it couldn't focus the proper energy or time into any single dangling story, creating a finale that hit most of its marks early but didn't stand there long enough for us to savor them.

What do you think?

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Comments (2)

  • strutz73  

    nice to see all these positive comments! I too agree with the SOA season 5 finale being outstanding and I know Jax really seems to be headed down that very dark road and now without Tara at least, for only Kurt Sutter knows how long, but I know he will pull himself out of it and eventually get out of Samcro! how many lives will be hurt or destroyed by either choice that he makes for that "endgame"?? only time will tell! I also love the Clay angle now with Marks thinking Clay killed Pope and what happens if and when he finds out its JAX who was responsible!? and for those of you who do not know this, SOA is signed on for at least 7 seasons for sure and possibly an 8th! WOOHOO!!! so there is plenty MORE of Sons to look forward to

  • LamontRaymond  

    The revenge of Gemma... wow. Really good episode. And Otto? One of the true badasses left on TV. I'm really interested to see what Donald Logue - the former special forces / US Marshall - does to mess with the MC next season. He sure looks sinister.

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