Preview: Sons of Anarchy 'Gets Really Dark' As SAMCRO Braces for Drug-Running Vote

To run cocaine or not to run cocaine — that is the question looming over SAMCRO on FX’s Sons of Anarchy (Tuesdays at 10/9c). And according to Kim Coates, who plays Clay’s right-hand man, Tig, it’s a decision that does not come easily for the Sons.

“This whole thing is f—ed up and gets really dark,” he tells TVLine of the impending vote on whether to mule drugs for a Mexican drug cartel in trade for access to a premium gun supply channel. And that’s not even the worst of it.

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“The club is disbanding because of Clay’s desire to traffic coke, and it’s SOS time,” Coates continues. “We’re in a troubled spot.” The actor adds that while Tig is the club’s “sergeant at arms and wants it all to stay together… in one chunk,” that unfortunately is not a likely outcome. “This whole thing means taking sides and I’m not sure he likes it, but he has to.”

Longtime fans of SOA may assume that when the vote comes around, Tig will back Clay. But if you’ve been closely watching Season 4 of the FX hit, it’s obvious that ship has at least temporarily sailed.

“He’s not as much with Clay anymore,” Coates notes of the lapsed loyalties. “Clay doesn’t download to Tig as much as he used to — but there’s still love there. Tig’s just more on the outside looking in now.”

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Once the results are in — and we won’t spoil them here for you —  “Not all of us agree [with the decision], so it sends us to the breaking-up point,” says Coates. “This is a very scary year.”

Adds showrunner Kurt Sutter, “That dynamic — that theme of the divide — will definitely be an ongoing theme” for Season 4.

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  1. CA says:

    wait….SOA “gets really dark”!!!??? Has Coates not watched the show that he is on? I would say it’s already “really dark”…so what is beyond that?

  2. Brent says:

    Dark is dark, I guess. The whole thing about SOA that was rather intriguing was their refusal to run drugs! Breaks with the character of the SOA. Could not do well for the Sons.

  3. razor muse says:

    Of course its going to be “dark” its about an outlaw 1% motorcycle club. This stuff really HAPPENS. No you can’t just go around shooting like you live in “Charming” but yeah..if it wasn’t dark it wouldn’t be Kurt Sutter.

  4. johnny says:

    Kinda far fetched seems to me. Running guns, and not just run of the mill .38s and 9mm, but full auto M-16s and AKs, multiple murders, beatings, yet they balk at muling some blow? What kind of moral objections do they have? Must be the first 1% club in history to NOT get involved with it. But I guess it makes for good TV.

  5. milly vanilly says:

    LOVE this show… it’s so damn good. Yes in the past they’ve refused to run drugs, but this is season four, of course things are different. They no longer have the chief of police backing them up. They don’t have the partnerships they used to have so they’ve created new ones. Clay’s circumstances have completely changed and he’s making decisions based on his new situation not his old one. This is just another step in the evolution of the club that will ultimately lead to it’s undoing. Plus at this point the Cartel is gonna force them to do it even if they want to get out. Can’t wait to see where it goes… Sutter knows what he’s doing.

  6. Ray says:

    Ilove this show, really like all the cast members of “The Shield” that have stopped by. It is almost goofy that they would balk on the drugs. Forget the guns and porn, what about all the murder. Opie has the only legit issue. Maybe its more the being controled by the Mexicans than it is the drugs.

  7. Bug says:

    I didnt see it as a moral objection but more of a DEA and competition backlash issue. If it’s a moral issue, then yeah that’s dumb.

  8. Frank says:

    How is it dumb? They were set up as a club about friendship, not a criminal gang. It was through necessity that they started dealing guns, telling themselves that the guns would be used by criminals on criminals away from their town. Drugs impact on children and families and a lot – really all – of the Sons are family men. It makes perfect sense that they would have reservations about moving drugs, but are fine with guns.

  9. Big Pig says:

    You still have 4 complete seasons to go. Don’t get too dark, too fast!

  10. Ava says:

    Best show on television hands down. Clay is quite the douche bag these days. Oh and Charlie, you are beautiful, and can’t wait till the hair grows back.. ;)