Cast member Maggie Siff attends the Sons of Anarchy, Season 4 premiere screening at the Arclight Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on August 30, 2011. UPI/Phil McCarten | License Photo
Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Even though they knew what was coming, Sons of Anarchy stars Maggie Siff and Katey Sagal said they had a very difficult time watching the screening of the sixth season finale Tuesday night.
Spoiler Alert: Do not read on if you haven't watched Tuesday's Sons of Anarchy episode.
"Watching it was really hard," said Siff, who played Tara, wife of Charlie Hunnam's Jax. Tara and Jax's mother Gemma (Sagal) had spent the sixth season battling to control Jax and his kids, and their fight came to a deadly finale in Tuesday's episode.
"Really hard," Sagal agreed.
In the scene, Gemma hits Tara with an iron, forces her head into a sinkful of water and stabs her with a carving fork.
"Shooting it was really hard," Siff said. “Because the character kind of ends, so my experience shooting was feeling everything around me: Katey and then Charlie and that was really painfully hard. I was so aware of their loss. It wasn't about me. It was about them and at the same time digesting that this character I've been so long is gone."
Sagal, who is married to show creator Kurt Sutter, said she'd hoped she could get him to change his mind about killing off Tara going into the show's final season. But mostly, she said she would miss having Siff around on set.
"First of all, I love Maggie," Sagal said. “We've been this female island in this testosterone world. But as an actor, it was kind of awesome to do things you haven't done. I've never killed anyone violently in anything that I've done before."