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Maggie Siff Didn't Hesitate To Cut Her Hair For Season 6 Of Sons Of Anarchy

There is no biker king without his queen and no truly complete motorcycle club president without his old lady. The timeline of FX's "Sons of Anarchy" depicts the lives and loves of the men of the titular motorcycle club, while admittedly not always the most accurate. Though real-life motorcycle clubs do not put female counterparts in positions of power, "Sons of Anarchy" revolves around the equal partnership of Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Tara (Maggie Siff). Jax's high school sweetheart starts as an outsider of the club, opting for a standard career instead of the outlaw lifestyle. But as her relationship with Jax ultimately leads to marriage, she becomes pulled into a world that she never saw for herself.

This conflict comes to a head in Season 6 when Tara realizes that her love is not powerful enough to save Jax and their family from the cycle of violence. Jax inherits the biker throne and becomes more entangled in gang wars and morally questionable decisions. Because of their relationship, Tara loses the ability to be a surgeon and is in danger of going to prison. This dangerous turn is symbolized when she leaves jail in Season 6 with a new severe haircut. As a more intense and unforgiving character in the season, this new look made sense for the character as well as Siff herself.

Tara's character went to a darker place

Season 6 starts on shaky ground for Tara and Jax. Because of the club, Tara loses the use of her hands while becoming implicated as an accessory to murder. This turn of events further motivates Tara to get her children out of Charming. She had Jax previously agreed to leave the outlaw life behind, but he seems more entrenched in blood than ever before. Maggie Siff would be the first one to tell you that changing her character's appearance symbolized the dark turn of Tara's character.

"I had been wanting to cut my hair for a long time. At the end of last season, I talked to Kurt about it and he was like, 'Yes, let's do it,' once we knew that she was going to prison," Siff confessed to Collider in 2013. Tara's striking hairstyle changed not just because she was in jail, but because it represents a season full of torment — one that ends in her devastating death. Siff went on to say: "The thing that I ended up feeling, before I cut my hair, was that it would be a really good thing for the character and for the season because it's tougher. There's something about losing the hair that's a little bit like losing the part of her that is submissive to Jax and to the club. Losing that feminine edge is a really good thing, for the season and for the character."