Jax Teller died in the final scene of what might have been the final episode of the most brilliant television show ever – Sons of Anarchy, a show that taught a generation of rich urban bikers how to be real outlaws.
Jax died like Jesus, if instead of dying on a cross He had chosen to go out by riding head on into a tractor trailer, posing with his arms out to his sides, while being followed by about 35 police cars and other official vehicles, a woman wearing a hood and a murder of crows. Viewers knew Jax was Jesus because the truck driver who runs into him says he is and because Jax’s vintage motorcycle, miraculously, does not slow down after he takes his right hand off the throttle. Also, Jax can steer with no hands. Subtle, huh?
Of course, before he died Jax brought peace to all the motorcycle clubs in California – as Hiawatha united the Iroquois. Fortunately, series guru for life Kurt Sutter did not show all the patches arm in arm in a sunny meadow singing “We Are The World.”
That’s the good news.
Wait There’s More
Six weeks ago St. Martin’s Press published the novel Sons of Anarchy: Bratva in hardback. The New York Times reports that the novel was commissioned by Sutter “to keep fans engaged with the characters – and with the show’s lucrative line of clothing, jewelry, action figures and other merchandise – after the finale.”
“With the show ending, how do we continue to keep the world in the consciousness of fans?” Sutter rhetorically asked the Times. “It’s always a mix of art and commerce.”
St. Martin’s explains that the book is “set between the third and fourth episodes of season four of the groundbreaking television drama Sons of Anarchy, from the mind of Executive Producer Kurt Sutter.” The book was actually written by an author named Christopher Golden.
But, the Times reports, “Mr. Sutter shaped the novel at every stage, and isn’t shy about taking credit. He helped determine when the story would take place (Mr. Golden initially proposed a prequel, but Mr. Sutter rejected that idea), approved the plot outline and adjusted some scenes. A member of Mr. Sutter’s writing team proofread the novel to make sure all the details, like the length of the protagonist Jax’s hair, matched up with the show. St. Martin’s gave the novel a big push, with an announced first printing of 100,000 copies and a social media campaign targeting the show’s eight million-plus Facebook fans and its more than 660,000 Twitter followers.”
The book is currently number 2,339 on Amazon’s best seller list.
St. Martin’s describes the plot like this:
“With half of the club recently released from Stockton State Penitentiary, and the Galindo drug cartel bringing down heat at every turn, the MC already has its hands full. Yet Jax Teller the V.P. of SAMCRO has another problem to deal with. He just learned that his Irish half-sister Trinity has been in the U.S. for months entangled with Russian BRATVA gangsters. Now that she’s abruptly gone missing, he’s sure the brewing mafia war is connected to her disappearance. Jax heads to Nevada with Chibs and Opie to search for her and seek revenge. Trinity may be half-Irish, but she’s also half-Teller and where Teller’s go, trouble follows.”