Sons of Anarchy: 10 Characters Who Survived The Entire Show

No character was ever safe in the FX series Sons Of Anarchy. Even the key antihero Jax Teller didn’t quite manage to escape the Grim Reaper. By the time the show ended, there had been a total of 399 character deaths.

The seventh and final season had the highest number of deaths (28), followed by the third season (23). RELATED: Sons Of Anarchy: 10 Hidden Details About The Clubhouse You Never Noticed Most of the deaths were totally heartbreaking but that was part of what made the show so great.

It was never easy to tell who’d be next. Plenty of fan-favorite characters were killed off but a few lucky ones managed to survive too. Here’s a list of the lucky ten who made it all the way to the end.


10 Tig

Considering his penchant for violence, it was a surprise that Tig survived the whole show. Given the number of senseless murders he committed, viewers probably predicted that karma would come for him.

That never happened. Tig survived and as per the events of the spinoff Mayans M.C., he is still SAMCRO’s current Vice President. The seventh season was particularly good for Tig.

He had a fruitful relationship with the transgender character Venus Van Dam (Walton Goggins). And after the club voted for Jax to “Meet Mr. Mayhem,” Chibs was promoted to President while Tig was made Vice President.

9 Wendy

Most viewers expected that out of Jax’s two main lovers, Tara would be the one that’d be left standing after the show ended.

Sadly. she was killed by Gemma. In the final season, Jax confessed to Abel that Wendy was his biological mum. After that, he tasked Nero with taking care of Wendy, Abel, and Thomas.

He then told both Wendy and Nero that he was going away. Wendy sensed something was wrong but she didn’t understand what was happening. Jax was doing all this because he was planning to kill himself.

The club had voted for him to “Meet Mr. Mayhem” either way. Wendy was thus left with kids while Jax committed suicide by riding his bike into an oncoming truck.


8 Chibs

Chibs and Jarry in Sons of Anarchy

Chibs was often calmer and more level-headed than the other SAMCRO members hence his survival wasn’t that surprising. His discipline paid off as he ended up as SAMCRO’s President.

He even made a brief appearance in the second season of Mayans M.C. to help the Mayans broker a weapons deal. RELATED: Which Sons Of Anarchy Character Are You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign? After all the hell he had been taken through by Jimmy O, Chibs finally found a lover in the final season.

He briefly dated Eli Roosevelt’s replacement, Lt. Althea Jarry. There’s was a teenage kind of love and they even ended up making love on top of a police car.

They later broke up but fate was still kind to Chibs since he ended up being President.


7 Ethan Zobelle

A common cliche across most shows and movies is that the villain always ends up dead. That wasn’t always the case in Sons Of Anarchy. Ethan Zobelle–one of the show’s best antagonists–actually survived.

In the first and second seasons, Zobelle terrorized SAMCRO and even organized for Gemma to be assaulted and raped. It looked like the Sons would finally get their revenge when they cornered him at a store. Unfortunately, Jax got a call that Abel had been kidnapped so they all had to leave.

Zobelle thus got a lucky break and fled the country. But at least Gemma got her revenge by killing his daughter. Viewers hoped Zobelle would show up again and meet his death but that didn’t happen.


6 Chucky

Labelling Chucky a weird character would be an understatement. He was introduced in the series as a compulsive masturbator.

He paid dearly for his habit as the Triads cut off four fingers in each of his arms to make it impossible for him to attend to his urges. He was then given a bookkeeping job at Cara Cara since one only needs two fingers to type. Chucky would go on to help SAMCRO in conducting numerous illegal activities without having to hold a gun.

He never really got into anyone’s bad books, so he survived all the way and even ended up appearing in Mayans M.C.

5 Nero

As soon as Nero began dating Gemma, there was always the likelihood that Clay wouldn’t allow the romance to last for long. Given Clay’s long history with Gemma, he would have killed Nero but fortunately for the escort agency owner, Clay’s won past caught up with him and he ended up getting killed by Jax. RELATED: The MBTI(R) Of Sons Of Anarchy Characters

Nero would grow to be a likable character. He was a father figure to Jax and he also proved to be a very good lover to Gemma. When Jax was planning to take his own life, there was no one he trusted more to take care of Wendy and the kids than Nero.

So, despite being at the heart of all the club violence, Nero survived.


4 Lyla Winston

Dating or marrying a SAMCRO member often felt like a death sentence. Many Old Ladies ended up dead. But Opie’s second wife Lyla made it to the end.

Lyla was initially a porn star who was employed by Luann. After the death of Opie’s first wife Donna, she and the SAMCRO member grew close. Other club members initially had reservations about Opie dating a porn star but he loved her and so they stayed together. Sadly, Opie was killed and Lyla had to suffer in order to take care of the kids.

She was even forced to do torture porn once. She was last seen in the Season 7 episode “Black Widower” where she was working as a producer for Red Woody Productions.

3 Happy

Happy Lowman in Sons of Anarchy.

Happy Lowman started out as a member of the Tacoma, Washington charter before becoming a Nomad. He was eventually patched over to SAMCRO in the third season.

Happy didn’t speak much. And whenever the other SAMCRO members hesitated to commit a violent act, he’d gladly do it. Happy was last seen in the series’ finale episode, “Papa’s Goods.” By that time, he had been promoted to Seargent-At-Arms.

He later appeared in the first season of Mayans M.C. where he was seen mentoring a new prospect. He was then singled out by Ezekiel Reyes as a suspect in his mother’s death.


2 Venus

Walton Goggins gave an outstanding performance as the transgender prostitute Venus Van Dam. She made her first appearance in the Season 5 episode “Orca Shrugged” where she helped the club in blackmailing Allen Bicone.  Soon, she became a close friend to SAMCRO and eventually fell in love with Tig. RELATED: Sons of Anarchy: 10 Continuity Errors Fans Didn’t Notice

She was often given various tasks by the club, including locating the family of the deceased preacher Jonathan Haddam, who SAMCRO had accidentally killed. She was last seen cuddling with Tig in the series finale as she consoled him over the death of Jax.

1 Tyne Patterson

Sons of Anarchy CCH Pounder as Tyne Patterson

Being a law enforcement officer in Charming was a dangerous job. Almost every cop and agent that got involved with the Sons ended up dead.

From Police Chief Unser to Deputy Chief David Hale to the sly Agent Stahl, no one was spared. However, San Joaquin County District Attorney Tyne Patterson came out of all the madness alive. Patterson investigated the murder at the Cahill Warehouse in Charming as well as the school shooting in which the teenage shooter had used a gun sold by SAMCRO. he handled things more amicably and even managed to make a deal with Jax.

She was last seen in the series finale “Papa’s Goods.” NEXT: 10 Great Biker Movies To Watch If You Like Sons Of Anarchy




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