Jax nods and keeps his eyes on Tara as he says, "I will. I promise." He then kisses her. Gemma watches, looking resentful and alone. When the kiss breaks, Jax looks at Gemma apologetically; Tara looks considerably less sorry for Gemma. After he walks away, Gemma shakily sighs and attempts to put Tara on the defensive with "What are you doing?" Tara says quietly, "Everything you taught me. He's mine." She walks off, and -- SYMBOLISM AHOY -- the scene closes with Gemma up against the ropes.
Then the music swells up again as the singer tells us "It's such a hard way to fall/no I ain't going to go to Heaven/ they have locked me in these walls/ it's such a hard way to fall," and we see Jax hopping on his bike in the sunshine, then shift to Clay, weak and alone in a darkened room. A hard way for Clay to fall indeed. The question is whether -- or why -- Jax gives him a final push.
Lisa Schmeiser is an Oakland-adjacent writer and reporter. Send her promises of ether chambers, mixing bowls full of cereal and syringes full of blood thinners at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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