As Gemma Teller-Morrow, club matriarch and embattled wife of treacherous ex-president Clay, all Katey Sagal's winning performance is missing is the Emmy gold to validate it. Hell, the least they could do is throw her a nomination, although husband (and creator) Kurt Sutter's profane and hilarious anti-Emmy tweets probably aren't helping matters. As of now, all she owns is one Golden Globe statue (received last year), which, of course, is special in its own right.
Gemma is ostensibly the Lady Macbeth with the show's Shakespearean exhibition, and Sagal masterfully aces a performance that must simultaneously be loathsome and sympathetic. She helped orchestrate her first husband's murder and the subsequent cover-ups, intentionally pushed Jax's drug fiend baby mother Wendy (Drea de Matteo) off the wagon, once held a gun on a baby, and almost killed her grandsons whilst driving stoned. And yet, we felt for her without hesitation during her emotionally tumultuous journey during season 2, her heartbreaking visit to her senile father the following year, and last season's ugly, violent dissolution of her marriage to Clay.
Some would say Gemma doesn't deserve a happy ending, and while that might be true, it's a testament to Sagal's fine work that we'll actually care if and when she gets her comeuppance.