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'Sons of Anarchy': What was going through Tara's mind?

Maggie Siff played Tara on "Sons of Anarchy"
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The season finale of "Sons of Anarchy" was shocking and even now, fans are still reeling over the death of Tara, played by Maggie Siff. Whether viewers loved her or hated her doesn't seem to be an issue any longer. Now it's whether Jax will find out, how he will react and would should happen to Gemma. While these questions will not be answered until season 7, Siff did talk about her character and what was likely going on in Tara's mind. On Feb. 11, International Business Times reported on what the actress had to say.

When it comes to Tara telling Wendy that she did everything right, Maggie Siff explains that her character is talking about her desire to protect her children, which included making difficult decisions and doing whatever was necessary. Many fans were livid when she was considering making a deal to go into witness protection. Tara had always been a constant in Jax's life and really was the one "normal" thing that he could count on. She was supposed to be there for him and support him no matter what. Viewers saw her decision as the ultimate betrayal.

The actress spoke in detail about Tara's thought process in an interview with TVLine back in November. As for Tara's thought process, Siff explained,

"It’s the only way forward. The episode sets up very nicely that Tara is out of friends, out of allies, out of options; she’s scared and desperate and she’s still convinced that she’s going to jail and convinced that she’s going away and the people left inside of this disaster zone are her children. There’s one small light at the end of that tunnel and it’s the thing she never thought she would do, but the thing she feels she has to do. If she has regret for what she did, it’s that there’s no coming back from it. If you cross the line within the code of that world, in her mind there’s no hope for forgiveness, there’s no hope for redemption, there’s no going back. So, she’s already crossed over and she just can’t see any way out."

With that being said, Siff wanted fans to know that her decision was very painful. There was no spite or revenge, it was just about protecting her children no matter what. She also felt betrayed by everyone, including Jax. Throughout the seasons he had always told Tara that she and their kids would be safe, but in the end she felt that there was no way to keep that promise.

Once the "Sons of Anarchy" season finale aired, it became clear that season 7 will be full of secrets, lies and drama. However, it will hopefully wrap up all of the loose ends. Gemma has a lot of difficulty in her relationships, whether it's with men, her son or the two mothers of her grandchildren. She has bounced back and forth from hating Wendy and supporting Tara to sending Wendy to rehab and trying to come up with plans to deal with Tara.

In the end, Gemma viewed her daughter-in-law as a traitor and someone who was going to break up the family. Even though some fans can understand how Gemma lost control when she murdered Tara, they also feel that she should be held responsible and Jax should know about it.

Kurt Sutter spoke about Jax and Tara's relationship,

"The show is an epic tragedy and a tragic love story."

He continued, adding in the Gemma factor and talking about the murder itself,

"The tragedy of Gemma not having that piece of information is heartbreaking. But it's also not an inorganic death; it doesn't just come out of left field. It happened, one could argue, because Tara, once again, made the mistake of trusting love in this world. Had she just followed through and gone into witness protection and given up Jax, she would have been in custody. None of that would have happened."

"Sons of Anarchy" season 7 will likely premiere in October 2014, although a specific date has not yet been set.