9 Things You Need to Know About 'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6
In less than a month, "Breaking Bad," "Dexter," and "Burn Notice" — three cable shows that have given viewers hundreds of hours of great primetime drama — will have aired their series finales. And though it's still at least two dozen episodes away, FX's "Sons of Anarchy" is beginning its run to the end, too.
"SoA" kicks off its sixth, and penultimate, season on Sept. 10 (10 p.m.), and the supersized premiere includes a storyline that while timely, is also likely to shock even regular "SoA" viewers. Details? Nah. Too good to spoil. Suffice it to say that by the end of the season opener, viewers should have a good idea of how serious "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter is when he says the series will not end on a happy note. And they'll have a good idea of the path he's taking to that ending.
Meanwhile, this traumatizing event is far from the only trouble ahead for the men of SAMCRO and the women who love them. Nine things you need to know about Season 6:
1. Jax Is Having Michael Corleone-Type Problems
Like Michael Corleone, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is finding out that taking his crime-dependent crew legit isn't so easy. Jax is determined to turn SAMCRO activities completely legal — all porn, no more gun-running — but other interested parties don't have the same vision. Like True IRA leader Galen (Timothy Murphy), who's still ticked off about the gun deal that went bad in last season's "Darthy" and who isn't willing to lose SAMCRO as a gun-running connection. He also just doesn't really like Jax; Galen was all about working with ousted Sons president Clay. Speaking of…
2. Clay's in the Hoosegow
Donal Logue as Lee and Ron Perlman as Clay in the "Sons of Anarchy" Season 6 episode, "Straw."
Clay (Ron Perlman) is wearing an orange jumpsuit when the season begins, after Jax — with help from Gemma and Juice — set him up for the murder of Damon Pope last season. But incarceration isn't Clay's most immediate problem. Pope's people want him dead for murdering their boss, and if Clay is sent to the jail's general population, he's a goner. His only chance of saving his own life might be to cut a deal with a Sons enemy who wants him to rat on his former compatriots.