You know who has blown my mind in the last few years? Katey Sagal from Sons of Anarchy. Most of us grew up watching her portray the classically whiny Peg Bundy on Married with Children, and she did an amazing job with that character. From her physical mannerisms, to her outfits and hair, it is safe to call her one of the most iconic moms from 90′s TV. But I will be honest here. Did her role as Peg Bundy prepare me for just how powerful and mesmerizing she is as the matriarch on Sons of Anarchy? Honesty, no. I would put her performance up there with Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White. Yes, it is THAT good. Hard not to notice the evolution of Katey Sagal.
When SOA started, I felt like Gemma was a one-note character. I knew she was kind of mean and spiteful, but thought little else of her. But as the show has gone on, her character has evolved to be one of the most multi-layered on TV. She can dash back and forth between strong Mom and killer at any moment. When it comes to her children (and whole Sons of Anarchy family), she is very much the glue that holds the whole team (and the show) together. She is the Mother Bird, but she is also the Mother Bear. She will do anything for her kids, but if you mess with them, you may want to find a place to lay low for awhile.
What else floors me is just how tortured you can feel she is as a character. While I wont go into specifics, some horrid things have happened to her character, and yet, somehow, she manages to still rise above it all.
It just blows my mind to think she is the same lady in the bright blue stretchy pants yelling at her husband to get off the couch. Like I said, watching SOA has been a thrill, because in the same breath, we have gotten to watch the evolution of Katey Sagal as an actress, and it has been awesome to behold.
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