In the end, Juice went out the same way he always has. By sacrificing himself for his club.
When he was approached to save himself (as temporary as it was by Lin’s gang in prison), Juice decided not to kill Tully and instead allow Marilyn Manson’s character to kill him as it would ensure a good working relationship with SAMCRO even after his passing.
In an interview with TVLine.com, Theo Rossi discussed Juice’s final adieu.
“Like anything in life, when you’ve had enough, it’s enough,” Rossi said. “Where does the cycle end? It’s never going to end. If it’s not Tully, then it’s the Chinese in prison, and I’ll be puppeteered to do something else. Juice can’t make his own choices, and he finally had a chance to make his own choice. And his own choice is, “I’m going to go. And I’m going to go on my terms.” It’s very different than what he tried to do in Season 4, when he tried to take his own life. He was doing that to save others, and this is the first time Juice has done something for himself. There was no more secrets. No more protecting Gemma, no more protecting Clay, no more caring what Jax thought. It was just over.”
The actor also talked about how tough his final scenes were to film.
“With the character of Juice, Kurt has never taken huge leaps. He’s always taken steps. You know the writing is brilliant when no step is really too far from the other steps. When Juice is in prison and he’s stabbing Lin in the neck, we were getting there. Somebody was going to get to Lin, and Juice was in that position to really want to redeem himself. He really did believe that if he did that, Jax would find a way to either get him out of prison or let him be back in the club in prison. He thought that would be it, but then we have that epic nine-minute scene which is a whole other story. Now, the biggest secret ever on the show is going to come out. And in that scene — which was so much fun to play, as an actor — it was the beginning of, “It doesn’t matter” for Juice. And he says that in the next scene [with Unser and Jarry]. It doesn’t matter, nothing can help us. So, were those scenes hard to play? No. God, it’s so much fun. I had a live cockroach running all over my arms. I’ve had to completely be in a position of vulnerability. It’s so much fun. It sounds weird to people who have a hard time understanding how you can even do certain things, but it always made sense to the character. And I’ve always loved that about Kurt’s writing. It’s always made sense for Juice, it’s just been a little more… rocky.”
To read the entire interview, visit TVLine.com
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