Sutter went on to say that he had planned Tara's death from the day she was introduced to the series in season two, although her story developed over time. Siff - who was present at the screening with Sagal, with both actresses walking out in tears following the emotional ending - was kept in the know with Sutter's plan from the start of season six, as she said "I had some time to wrap my head around it," but hoped Sutter would "change his mind."

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Some of the SoA cast at the season six opener

"I knew I didn't want it to be a gun or a knife," Sutter explained. "This is almost more horrific."

"As an actor, it was kind of awesome to really do things that you've never done. I've never killed anyone violently in anything before, but I feel a lot of pain [watching it]," Sagal then added. Siff then recalled filming the scene, "Because the character kind of ends, my experience of shooting it was really about feeling everything around me, which was Katey and then Charlie [Hunnam]. That was really painfully hard, this sense of loss is really the people you leave behind. I was so aware of their loss but it wasn't about me; it was about them. It was very surreal."

With the imminent seventh season also being the final season of the series, Sutter says he "doesn't want to lose the weight of what's happened" when the show returns. Saying that the story will pick up shortly after where the season six finale left off, he concluded, "We will see next season, but that what happens to a guy like [Jax] when now he's lost both the people whom he loves and who centered him the most - or at least were able to be his moral compass. With Opie gone, and now with Tara, it really is Jax completely untethered and on his own in the final season."

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What next for Charlie Hunnam's Jax