Sons of Anarchy @ Comic-Con: Jax Will 'Incite Chaos' in Final Season — Plus: A 'Serious' Prequel Update

What doesn’t send you to the grave makes you stronger. So, perhaps Sons of Anarachy showrunner Kurt Sutter (and a handful of his characters) will develop superhuman strength when FX hit wraps filming on its seventh and final season later this year.

“Eighty-nine percent of my family think that this season will kill me,” Sutter noted during the show’s panel Sunday at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Odds are even higher, though, that several series regulars will perish before the tale of SAMCRO’s not-so-merry band of criminals concludes.

Here are a few of the panel highlights:

JAX IN A BOX? | Is the fate of Charlie Hunnam’s flawed hero already decided — and if so, how grim will it be? “I know where I want our hero to be emotionally and thematically at the end of the season, but I try to keep a loose grip on the story process so we can get there in an organic way,” explained Sutter, who is currently writing the seventh script of the final season (and is in post-production on Episode 4). “I can never tell what it’s going to look like or how we’re going to get there, and that’s part of the fun.” Actor collaboration, the showrunner added, does play a role in how story arcs develop.

Whatever Jax’s fate, though, Sutter noted that Season 7 will be “the most proactive our hero has been throughout the entire series… This season he comes out with blinders on, singular in purpose. Rather than being the reactor to chaos, he is the inciter of chaos.”

HOW DO YOU PLAY A PROBLEM LIKE GEMMA? | “It’s an awesome thing… as an actor to be actually saying words and thinking different words,” explained Katey Sagal, when asked about her villainous matriarch. “Any time she is relating to her family, her son, her love for Nero, there’s a certain vulnerability about her that really offsets that hard ass edge she has exterior-wise. She’s going to be even more multilayered this season as she tries to hold together what she does in the name of really protecting her family one more time.”

Sagal added that Gemma is “always about what’s the best thing for the kids – that’s kind of her thought and her motive, and she’s continuing to try to do that. As you’ll see, what transpires from that somewhat pure motivation just kind of goes awry.”

LOVING LOVE | Sagal noted that high-profile Season 7 addition Courtney Love “did a very good job” in their scenes together, and “looked very different from what we have known as Courtney.”

GETTING BOOKED | Sutter noted there are “serious conversations” being had about a Sons prequel, but in the interim, there are comic books and a full-on novelization definitely happening. The latter, titled Bratva, is expected this fall — with a storyline set sometime after Season 4 that finds Jax, Opie and Chibs getting into “gnarly things” with the Russians. “If it does well I’m hoping like William Shatner I will continue to flourish as a guy who has other people write s**t and slaps his name on it,” the exec producer joked.

Whatever future Sons has on TV, though, it won’t be a spinoff, Sutter added. “Spinoffs work well, obviously, in procedural dramas, which this is not,” he said. “To me, the most interesting thing about our mythology is the origins, but because we don’t do flashbacks on the show the prequel will be about the origins between John Teller and Piney Winston. My sense right now is that I don’t know if it’ll be a full-on series. It might be a miniseries. Our hope is that we’ll let the mythology rest for a couple seasons and then do the prequel, so we’re having conversations about that.”

TRAILER TERROR | “That trailer scared the hell out of me,” said Dayton Callie, who plays Chief Wayne Unser, speaking about a dialogue-free montage set to The Association’s “Never My Love” that began with a scene of an inmate being held down and beaten by a pair of assailants — one of them being Jax. Other teases? Gemma and baby at home, getting the kids off to school in mundane scenes of motherhood. The Sons driving down the road on their bikes — led by Chibs. Juice doing pushups. Wayne putting flowers on Tara’s grave. Wendy packing a bag. Nero Padilla and the Mayans drinking beer. And then, another flash of Jax’s violence, as he cuts a swastika into his victim’s stomach and yanks out two of his teeth.

AN EMOTIONAL ADIEU | Following a two-minute standing ovation from the audience and cast, Sutter jokingly shouted, “Sit the f–k down. I’ve got an image!” Ultimately, though, the EP got choked up, adding “We’re just one big f—ed up family, and this is such a bittersweet experience… The thing I’m most grateful for is I walk through our set and I know that everyone wants to be there, and everyone’s really grateful, and everyone really likes the show that there working on. And that’s the gift for me. So thank you.”

—Reporting by Scott Huver

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  1. CBWBDK1 says:

    A sons prequel sounds awesome!

  2. Jasie says:

    i want to see the preview…

  3. pissed of fan says:

    What you didn’t say is that Sutter plainly disrespects Tara and her fans by where and what her tombstone has. I’m so done with this show that every time Sutter says something I know it’s a lie!

    • pete says:

      what are you talking about

    • lainiejay says:

      I understand you’re probably still upset that Tara was killed. However, since Jax is in jail & is clearly beside himself with grief, picking out a headstone probably hasn’t occurred to him yet. And that’s the sort of thing you want to do yourself – not delegate it to someone else. S7 picks up 10 days later. When I ordered my parents’ headstone, I was told to wait 6 months to a year before placing it because the ground needs to settle.

    • TraciTV says:

      It’s just a TV show. Get a grip lol!

  4. lainiejay says:

    Where is the video?

  5. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Where the hell is the TRAILER?! Reading the paragraph about the trailer is cool and can picture some of those images but come on now…………..I need my SOA FIX!

  6. Fran says:

    I seriously don’t think I will be able to take an entire season of Gemma acting all normal and being around those babies…. But I’m sure that’s how it will be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for the season, but that is going to kill me.

  7. stephanie yeager says:

    The sons of anarchy was so good, it brought back alot of my son’s upbringing and mine as well being a single mom. I was born, raised in. L.a so was he. It was all about survival and family. I wish the sons would stay. I’m sure they’ve impacted alot of people.

  8. BrianR says:

    Jax better strangle Gemma to death for killing Tara.

  9. The smart one. says:

    This is the most inciteful, socially irresponsible show ever, it is also sooooo mediocore, in 7 years no Emmy noms or SAG award noms. Sutter is a fool who had his own wife graphically gang banged for ratings, he is all violence this show is made for the high RPM low IQ crowd, with all the kids being killed by gun violence in our schools, is it really a good idea for FX to have this gun running show that makes gun runners look cool to low IQ people on basic cable, I can only hope the kids of the parents putting this crap out there have there karma hit them, they are making a lot of money and screwing up our society.

    • One passing by says:

      You are a moron

    • Astorialady says:

      I am so glad someone finally said what you did. I feel the same way !

    • Smart one,
      Did you not do ANY research on the various award shows??? Seriously get a grip, you have obvious issues about watching SOA. My advice, DON’T WATCH then!!!!! They did an episode on gun violence and kids showing that is really messed up in society and if you paid close attention Sutter was very clear about the shows stance on school shootings… it is also rated TV MA..MA Mature Audiences, doesn’t sound like to me you are mature enough to deal with the show.
      Here is a full listing of awards for the show just so you know next time before you run off at the mouth…
      Showing all 6 wins and 25 nominations
      Golden Globes, USA 2011
      Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
      Katey Sagal

      Primetime Emmy Awards 2009
      Primetime Emmy Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
      Bob Thiele (music and lyrics by)
      Dave Kushner (music by)
      Curtis Stigers (lyrics by)
      Kurt Sutter (lyrics by)
      For the pilot.

      Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013
      Actor Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
      Tammie Baird
      Eddie Braun
      Gary Hymes
      Tom McComas
      Eric Norris
      Monte Rex Perlin
      Kara Petersen
      Víctor Quintero
      Allen Robinson
      Jimmy Sharp
      Winston West

      ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards 2013
      ASCAP Award Top Television Series
      Dave Kushner
      Curtis Stigers
      Kurt Sutter
      Bob Thiele

      Costume Designers Guild Awards 2012
      CDG Award Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
      Kelli Jones

      Critics Choice Television Awards 2014
      Critics’ Choice TV Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
      Maggie Siff
      Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
      Walton Goggins

      Critics Choice Television Awards 2013
      Critics’ Choice TV Award Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
      Jimmy Smits

      Critics Choice Television Awards 2012
      Critics’ Choice TV Award Best Actor in a Drama Series
      Charlie Hunnam
      Best Actress in a Drama Series
      Katey Sagal
      Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
      Maggie Siff

      Critics Choice Television Awards 2011
      Critics’ Choice TV Award Best Actress in a Drama Series
      Katey Sagal

      Image Awards 2013
      Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
      Rockmond Dunbar

      Image Awards 2012
      Image Award Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
      Paris Barclay
      For episode “Out”

      Imagen Foundation Awards 2013
      Imagen Award Best Supporting Actress/Television
      Wanda De Jesus

      Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2014
      Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing – Long Form Sound Effects and Foley in Television
      Erich Gann (supervising sound editor)
      Bob Costanza (sound designer)
      Mike Dickeson (sound designer)
      Bill Bell (supervising foley editor)
      Tim Chilton (foley artist)
      Jill Schachne (foley artist)
      Kevin Meltcher (assistant sound editor)
      Episode: “Salvage”
      Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing – Long Form Dialogue and ADR in Television
      Erich Gann (supervising sound editor, supervising dialogue editor)
      Joy Ealy (supervising adr editor)
      Episode:”Mad King”

      Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2012
      Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing – Short Form Dialogue and ADR in Television
      Erich Gann (supervising sound editor)
      Joy Ealy (supervising dialogue editor)
      Episode: “To Be, Part 2”

      People’s Choice Awards, USA 2014
      People’s Choice Award Favorite Cable TV Drama

      Prism Awards 2013
      Prism Award Female Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline
      Katey Sagal

      Satellite Awards 2013
      Satellite Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
      Jimmy Smits

      Satellite Awards 2011
      Satellite Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
      Ryan Hurst
      Tied with Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones.
      Satellite Award Best Television Series, Drama
      Best Actress in a Series, Drama
      Katey Sagal

      Satellite Awards 2010
      Satellite Award Best Actress in a Series, Drama
      Katey Sagal

      Society of Camera Operators 2011
      Camera Operator of the Year Award Television
      David J. Frederick

      TV Guide Awards 2013
      TV Guide Award Favorite Drama Series

      Television Critics Association Awards 2010
      TCA Award Outstanding Achievement in Drama
      Individual Achievement in Drama
      Katey Sagal

      Young Artist Awards 2014
      Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor 10 and Under
      Tate Berney

      Young Artist Awards 2010
      Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor 13 and Under
      Aaron Refvem

    • Penny says:

      The show comes on late and warned of sex. Violence. Ect. So parent’s shouldn’t b letting their children watch the show …. I know it is hard too have seen things that have happened on this show but because I love it so much it I hurts me and I have been crying tears of joy and even more tears of sadness and grief , and to have the people hating and loving characters means the the actors did a great job . I Love The Sons 💀

    • Kim from Oz says:

      The IQ comment … is a bit silly, so is the wishing bad karma onto kids. Sons of Anarchy is about as real as Grease and Breakfast at Tiffanys. Just sit back and enjoy it or turn it over and watch something more pleasing to your senses. I am a fan of SOA and I have a high IQ, so one of your points is …. pointless. Tara’s death is the impetus that Kurt can use for wrapping up the series. He obviously can’t make it to season 10, so this is how he can achieve the finale. I enjoy the one hour of fiction each week, so bring on the prequel.

  10. Marie says:

    I am going to miss this show and the characters very much. Sutter is a brilliant writer and although I look forward to seeing what he does on his next project, TBE, I will miss SOA. WTF Sutter for toying with my emotions. If Jax does have to go, I hope it’s with his shirt off! Rock On Katey! RIP SOA

  11. Kim from Oz says:

    Bratva sounds like a great idea, it will give SOA a second chance to do a revolving door. Well done, you got me!

  12. Sandra says:

    If there is a prequel, sure hope it has the same characters, especially Jax and played by the same actor who plays Jax now.