Sons of Anarchy is gearing up for its final season, which will premiere on September 9 on FX, by expanding its cast with two more impressive guest stars and focusing on vengeance in the aftermath of the shocking events that rocked the series’ Season 6 finale. Namely, the murders of Dr. Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) at the hands of her own mother-in-law, Gemma Morrow (Katey Sagal), as well as Sheriff Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar), who was slain by loyalist biker, Juice (Theo Rossi), in an effort to protect the SAMCRO matriarch.
In its seventh and final season, Sons of Anarchy will welcome guest stars rocker-actress Courtney Love of Hole fame and former Cosby Show kid, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo Huxtable. These cast additions expand upon already announced guest stars rocker Marilyn Manson and actress Annabeth Gish (The Bridge), who will both appear in recurring roles. Love has also been cast in a multi-episode arc as a pre-school teacher, who will presumably come into contact with recent widower Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) and his bereaved children, Abel and Thomas. Murder victim Tara was the SAMCRO president’s beloved wife and biological mother to Thomas. She also was surrogate mother and caretaker to Abel, whose biological mother and Jax’s former wife, Wendy Case, played by Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), will return as a series regular for the show’s final season.
Meanwhile, former child star and Cosby Show alum Warner has signed on to star in at least two episodes of Sons of Anarchy this season. He will be playing an associate of T.O. Cross (Michael Beach), who is the president of the Grim Bastards, a motorcycle club operating out of Oakland, California with long-standing ties to the Sons. However, SAMCRO and the Grim Bastards found themselves at odds in Season 5. This conflict arose after the Bastards protected a family member and friend of the club, who was involved in the murder of Jax’s best friend, Opie Winston (Ryan Hurst), while in prison.
As the biker drama nears its end, Sons of Anarchy, which is FX’s highest-rated series, will debut Sept. 9 with an expanded cast and extended premiere episode lasting 105 minutes (1 hour 45 minutes), which will likely result in a 75 minute run time with commercials, and its final season will be focused on vengeance. The final season will start 10 days after the shocking events that culminated in the Season 6 finale and triggered Jax’s drive to avenge past crimes. Jax will begin the concluding season in jail on a parole violation and grappling with the loss of the woman he loved. Last season’s events included Jax finally securing his leadership of the SAMCRO motorcycle club by killing stepfather Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) for past sins. However, the season ended tragically for Jax when his formidable mother, Gemma, brutally slayed his wife with a fork, unbeknownst to Jax. Moreover, when Charming’s local sheriff figured out the culprit, he was also slain to protect the guilty party by the most unlikely of assailants.
With the club’s full support, Jax sets in motion his plan for vengeance against those responsible for Tara’s death and other past crimes. This could very well include the resolution of the events surrounding his own father’s death many years earlier. Despite hints dropped and clues provided over the years, the exact events surrounding John Thomas Teller’s death have remained a mystery. There has always been indications that Gemma and her lover-future husband, Clay, were the culprits behind Teller’s death. J.T.’s plans for SAMCRO did not meet their expectations and they had a very different future planned for the club, as well as their future together. How exactly they dealt with that conflict may finally be revealed in the wake of the series’ swan song.
Sons of Anarchy is moving full stream ahead into its final season with an expanded cast and extended premiere episode, which will be focused on vengeance. Namely, Jax’s drive to avenge past crimes in the aftermath of the shocking events that culminated in the Season 6 finale, which included the brutal murder of his true love and wife at the hands of his own mother. Jax will be on a mission to avenge Tara’s death and right past wrongs committed. Series creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter hinted on the show’s video blog that season 7 is going to be an emotional chapter of SAMCRO’s saga, so fans should be prepared for major comeuppance as the show nears its conclusion. Additionally, Sutter has confirmed that he has yet to determine the conclusion of the series. Moreover, FX has also announced immediately following the Season 7 premiere, a live post-show will air called Anarchy Afterwords. This new recap show will be hosted by Chelsea Lately‘s Chris Franjola and will mimic the trend of post-shows like The Walking Dead‘s Talking Dead on AMC and Bates Motel‘s After Hours on A&E. Anarchy Afterwords is also expected to air another episode following the Sons series finale. Sons of Anarchy will begin its swan song when it premieres on Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. EST, only on FX.
By Leigh Haugh
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