Throughout Season 7, some “Sons of Anarchy” fans slowly started to realize Jax (Charlie Hunnam) would possibly die before all was said and done. Someone who wasn’t prepared for that ending? Hunnam himself.
In an interview with Men’s Journal, Hunnam reveals he had no idea Jax was going to end his own life at the end of the series. “[Creator] Kurt [Sutter] and I had a conversation in the beginning of the final season. He was thinking that Jax would probably live through it and I was sort of with him. I was operating under that assumption for the whole season,” he says.
“Then I read the script for episode , and I read the words ‘a calm had come over Jax.’ I knew immediately that Kurt was planning on killing him after that. I think I said, ‘Oh my God,’ out loud. I knew he was going to kill himself.” The episode in question ends with him killing Gemma for her sins, severing their relationship once and for all.
While it might have been shocking to realize he was going to die on TV, Hunnam believes it was the right choice to make. “I called Kurt and we had a long conversation. At the end of it we both realized that it would have been more tragic to let him live after what he had gone through,” he says. “In my heart Jax has found peace.”
As for Hunnam’s working relationship with Sutter, he’s the first to say it wasn’t always a fun set to be on. “I love that guy, but it was hard for us to work together sometimes because we’re both crazy f***s,” he admits. “Kurt and I never blasted each other in the face, but I’ll say it got close. There has been security rushing onto set and pulling us apart before.”
So while a “Sons of Anarchy” prequel series may still happen eventually, that doesn’t automatically mean Hunnam would appear in a regular capacity. “I don’t know if he needs me as a lead actor on that too,” he says.