Critic Consensus: The tension in "Faith and Despondency" builds to a peak, layering violence atop character drama with realistic writing.
as Jax Teller
as Gemma Teller
as Wayne Unser
as Nero Padilla
as George "Rat Boy" Skogstram
as Sheriff Althea Jarry
as Venus Van Dam
as Ron Tully
as Tyler Yost
as Henry Lin
as Oscar "El Oso" Ramos
as Marcus Alvarez
as T.O. Cross
as Brooke Putner
as John Teller
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Critic reviews for Faith and Despondency
This is why we watch Sons. Just when it seems like Jax and the boys are trapped, they break away for a big gain. This is also why we watch Sons: We don't know if Gemma has the same ability.
Like the rest of this season, "Faith and Despondency" is content taking the long route on a short course, going 'round and 'round in circles before just getting to the point and killing everyone.
This installment is roughly ten minutes longer than anything that's come before it, turning this 70-minute showcase of sex and violence into an agonizing journey into misery.
I found "Faith and Despondency" to be full of tension in all the right ways... Maybe those developments weren't appropriately balanced with the relationship stuff, but I didn't mind them rolling out in tandem.
Given where Wendy was at the beginning of the series, it's amazing how far she's come and how she's grown.
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