Faith and Despondency



Critic Consensus: The tension in "Faith and Despondency" builds to a peak, layering violence atop character drama with realistic writing.

Episode Info

Love is in the air for SAMCRO.


Charlie Hunnam
as Jax Teller
Katey Sagal
as Gemma Teller
Kim Coates
as Tig
Dayton Callie
as Wayne Unser
Jimmy Smits
as Nero Padilla
Niko Nicotera
as George "Rat Boy" Skogstram
Annabeth Gish
as Sheriff Althea Jarry
Walton Goggins
as Venus Van Dam
Mo McRae
as Tyler Yost
Kenneth Choi
as Henry Lin
Ivo Nandi
as Oscar "El Oso" Ramos
Emilio Rivera
as Marcus Alvarez
Michael Beach
as T.O. Cross
Hayley McFarland
as Brooke Putner
Nicholas Guest
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.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Given where Wendy was at the beginning of the series, it's amazing how far she's come and how she's grown.

Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

"Faith and Despondency" wrapped up some big storylines, including dispatching Moses and a big chunk of Marks's men, but the biggest developments in the episode belonged to Abel.

Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

"Faith And Despondency"... has at least two really, really good scenes; one of them is so good, in fact, that I'd rank it up there with the show at its peak.

Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Having the stage set for the ultimate mother/son showdown, Sons of Anarchy is primed to finally put an exclamation point on its tombstone. Herein lies the history of an American family who devoured itself one prodigal son at a time.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

The scenes felt realistic, like we were actually watching characters have real conversations rather than just hugging it out or running around shooting people. I've missed that aspect of the show as of late.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

We celebrate that the spotlight of guilt will finally be focused on Gemma, and we also celebrate that Abel should be safer after this episode.

Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"Faith and Despondency" is a perfectly serviceable Sons episode, replete with the raunchy fun that appeases the show's fan base and just enough gunfire to keep the installment from dragging too much.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…