Katey Sagal as Gemma, ‘Sons of Anarchy’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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We first fell in love with Katey Sagal as Peggy Bundy on Married With Children, but she’s come a long way from big red hair and bon bons. Katey Sagal plays villain Gemma Teller Morrow on Sons of Anarchy, the woman fans love to hate. Gemma is widow to Clay Morrow and to John Teller, as well as the mother of main character Jax Teller. John Teller founded the Sons of Anarchy with Piney Winston and was the club’s first official president. After John’s death, Clay Morrow became president of the club and later married Gemma. Morrow also made Gemma’s son Jax vice-president of the club. Jax shot Clay Morrow to death at the end of season 6 of the show and made it look like Morrow died in a shootout. Upon Morrow’s death, Jax took over as president.

1. Gemma Lives In Fear of Son Jax

Me and sweet charlie. #sdcc

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Gemma killed the love of son Jax’s life and mother to his child, Tara, but Jax is unaware that his own mom is the murderer. Jax has been on a rampage, seeking revenge for the death of his wife and has felt that his mother is one of the only people he can trust. Since Tara’s death, Gemma has done unspeakable things trying to cover her tracks. She lives in fear of her son finding out what she did. This is the last season of the show and fans are dying to know if Jax finds out what his mother’s done and what he may do to her if/when he finds out the truth.

2. Katey Sagal Is Married to the SOA Show Creator

Katey Sagal has been married three times and, currently, she’s married to SOA show creator Kurt Sutter. Prior to Sutter, she was married to musician Freddy Beckmeier and then Jack White. Sutter and Sagal married in 2004 with a private ceremony at their home in Los Feliz, California. They have one daughter together, Esmé Louise, born in 2007 through a surrogate mother. Sagal has two other children. Currently, Sutter has a prequel to Sons of Anarchy in the works, so stay tuned, SOA fans! There’s also a comic book series in development as well.

3. She Has a Romantic Relationship On the Show With Nero Padilla

Nero Padilla and Gemma started messing around when Clay Morrow was still in the picture though Gemma wanted nothing to do with Morrow. Currently, Gemma and Nero have a complicated relationship. Nero owns an escort service and is a gangbanger alongside Gemma’s son Jax. Nero is one of the only people that Gemma truly trusts. Have a look a tribute video for the two of them above.

4. Gemma Has a Heart Condition

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Gemma has a scar on her chest, which was explained to viewers when her grandson Abel had surgery. Gemma has a genetic heart disorder from her mother’s side which she passed on to her children. Gemma’s sons were Jax and Thomas, but Thomas died in 1990 from complications of the disorder. In addition, Abel nearly died from heart complications after his premature birth.

5. Fans Are Waiting for Gemma to Die

SOA fans love to hate Gemma and can’t wait for the day that Gemma gets what’s coming to her. Executive Producer Paris Barclay tells Yahoo:

I don’t think there is any relief for Gemma, dead or alive. [She] is so much about her family and this life, and that’s just shredding. To think of her living without [that family] or being dead, they both seem the same. There is no redemption for Gemma.

Check out some of the tweets fans have posted about Gemma ….

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Jim Taylor

Wicked Gemma Teller you might admit. Only, I deeply love her character on #SOA killing her off would be the most tragic death. And loosing the charter I love like I have will be very difficult for myself.. Sorry, that many feel differently of this topic.


Word of advice: if you’re going to give away spoilers, begin the piece with the disclaimer SPOILER ALERT so not to ruin it for viewers who have not seen all 7 seasons.

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