Anarchy doesn't last forever, as disappointed as the Sex Pistols might be. At some point people make laws and a sense of normalcy ensues.
So TV certainly will be a duller place when Sons of Anarchy wraps up. But hardcore fans can take comfort that there still are two seasons left, with Season 6 kicking off Tuesday across Canada on Super Channel.
"I have an idea what the final shot is," Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter says. "I hold onto that loosely, do you know what I mean?
"If that's what it ends up being, that's what it will end up being. But I need that marker to sort of go towards, and then I'm led to the right place. I do have a sense of what I want it to be. Whether or not it will be that, I'm not sure."
Sons of Anarchy, which originates on FX in the U.S., is a dark drama about an outlaw motorcycle club. Through characters such as Charlie Hunnam's Jax, Katey Sagal's Gemma and Ron Perlman's Clay, some observers have compared Sutter's story arcs to the works of Shakespeare.
After comically dismissing anyone who says that as having "a drinking problem," Sutter acknowledges the associations.
"The show was introduced, obviously, with those archetypes in mind," Sutter says. "As for the Hamlet of it all, I don't have any grand scheme in terms of following that story.
"I do feel like the show makes some epic turns that feel sort of Shakespearean in terms of us pushing the limits of where we're going. I think the Shakespearean thing is great, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy that comparison. But I don't ultimately feel like that will be its legacy."
Admittedly simplifying it, the overall theme of Sons of Anarchy might be consequences. Can you live this lifestyle without risking major consequences? Can you run illegal businesses without risking major consequences? We certainly have seen already on this show that pride and greed and in-fighting can be particularly toxic in this atmosphere.
"Absolutely," Sutter says. "I think it's really the conflict that has fueled the entire series.
"Especially with Charlie's character (Jax), there's the idea of, 'Can I really do what I do and follow this path and still show up and be a caring and loving husband, a good and loving father? Can I have all that and still be, you know, the leader of, ultimately, a criminal enterprise?'
"I think we're on that trajectory here, going into season six, where we have to decide if the answer is yes or no."
I'm betting on the "no," but not counting on it, if that makes any sense.
This is anarchy, after all. Anything can happen.