The Sons of Anarchy closed out the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday afternoon — a guide to TVLine’s in-depth, scoop-filled coverage can be found here — and in addition to revealing roughly seven minutes of Season 5 footage from FX’s biker drama (including a graphic sex scene between Gemma and — gasp! — not Clay), fans were treated to an array of spoilers.
Review our complete Comic-Con coverage — including recaps of the 20 hottest panels and more than 2 exclusive video Q&As — and read on for highlights from the SOA discussion, which featured talk of a prequel series, teases about King Jax’s journey and much more.
First item of note: Sons of Anarchy Season 5 premieres Tuesday, Sept 11 at 10/9c.
FRESH (AND SEXY!) FOOTAGE | The Con’s final panel of the day kicked off with a sneak peek at Season 5, and here’s a quick recap of what went down: Jax is seen leading the Sons, with his insightful voiceover playing in the background; Tara is taking a seemingly innocent bath — with a gun at her side; Clay is now living alone in a new house and is toting around an oxygen tank; and during a nighttime run with a shipment, the guys are run off the road by Big Bad Damon Pope’s One-Niners and a gunfight ensues. There was also a scene blacked out due to mature content, and this is what it consisted of, per SOA creator Kurt Sutter: “That was my wife [Katey Sagal’s Gemma] getting f–ked from behind by [guest star] Jimmy Smits. So, with that little tease, I’d show up for the premiere.”
FLASHBACK FUN | Sutter said that while he’s not big on flashbacks within the series, he has had “discussions with the network about doing a prequel of the first nine [Sons members], where we would see the formation of the club.”
Now, here are a few character-specific teases for Season 5:
JAX | “For me this is really the season about Jax (played by Charlie Hunnam) at the head of that table and what kind of leader he will become,” Sutter teased. That arc also consists of “answering the question: Can you be the leader of an outlaw organization and not become Clay? And if you don’t become Clay, are to subject to [being seen as] weak?” By season’s end, “We’ll really see what kind of leader he’ll become.”
GEMMA AND TARA | In Season 5, these two femme fatales will enjoy a “push-and-pull, mother-daughter relationship,” Sutter shared. “It’s not a linear arc; it changes from episode-to-episode.” Added Sagal: “Gemma’s threatened that Tara might be taking over her position.”
CLAY | “Clay only knows one way, and that is to be on top,” Ron Perlman explained. “He takes a back seat to no one… So, we see him in the beginning of Season 5 and every single thing that he’s worked for in his life has been taken away from him — except his life… But he has to wonder, ‘Why the f–k would you leave me alive? You’ve gotta know I’m coming back.'” Essentially, he said, “I’m getting to play the exact same human being in a completely different set of circumstances.”
TIG | This season, Clay’s former right-hand man is “really off the leash,” Kim Coates teased. “His loyalty to Clay is questionable. He’s totally a wild card now, and the way Kurt has set it up for Tig this year is really, really intense.”
CHIBS | As if there was any question, Tommy Flanagan said that Chibs is “definitely on Jax’s side” now that the prince is King.
OPIE | Sutter shared that Opie’s (Ryan Hurst) Season 5 journey is one of introspection and, ultimately, acceptance. “In essence, the club has to gain his respect back, and at the end of the second episode we’ll begin to see that.”
JUICE | Theo Rossi’s embattled Son will spend the season attempting to figure out “how he’s woven into this new regime” with Jax in charge. “He’s trying to act like everything is OK,” but internally he’s still dealing with the “shame” of his actions last season.