FX’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ is promising mucho alpha-male biker intensity when its third season premieres Monday, September 7, at 10/9c.
In a nutshell, a vengeful Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is on the hunt for his kidnapped son, while his long-suffering mother, Gemma (Katey Segal), deals with family issues alone, on the run after being framed for murder. A location jump from California to Ireland will figure prominently in the kidnapping story line.
After chatting with the cast at the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ premiere party in Hollywood, Fancast prepared the following “cheat sheet” for the big things to know about the coming season.
To date, ‘SOA’ has been one of FX’s top draws, attracting more than 4 million viewers a week and critical acclaim on par with ‘Mad Men’ — even though the gritty biker drama got skunked this year in Emmy nominations. To catch up on ‘Sons Of Anarchy,’ the second season DVD and Blu-Ray is now in stores.
1) Be Our Guest: Season 3 guest stars include Hal Holbrook (as Gemma’s father), Taryn Manning (returning as Cherry), Titus Welliver (playing Irish gunrunner Jimmy O), horror novelist/series fan Stephen King, and ‘The Shield’s’ Kenny Johnson as Kozik, a member of SAMCRO’s Tacoma chapter. Johnson will appear in “seven or eight episodes,” says series creator Kurt Sutter.
‘The Shield,’ which was also written by Sutter, creates opportunities to borrow from the old TV show. But don’t look for too obvious of a crossover character, like by ‘The Shield’s’ Emmy-winning Michael Chiklis. “I love Chicky [but] that’s just a little too much,” says Sutter. “It’s a little too on the nose, too much ‘Shield.'” Plus, Chiklis now stars in the new ABC series ‘No Ordinary Family.’
2) SAMCRO Go Bragh: Will it be the luck of the Irish for ‘SOA’s’ ratings? The big locale shift this season is from California to Ireland, where much of the hunt for Jax’s kidnapped baby is expected to take place. After all, Jax’s deceased father John Teller has ties to Ireland and the SAMCRO gang, and Cameron (Jamie McShane), the kidnapper of baby Abel, is an Irishman. ‘Caprica’s’ Paula Malcolmson will appear as Cameron’s Belfast-based cousin, Maureen.
3) Jax’s Pain And Abel: Season 3 is the Season of Abel, Hunnam says – and Jax will find peace, eventually. “For Jax it’s, ‘I’ve got to go find my baby,’ and that takes a little bit of time to do,” says Hunnam. “Playing Jax, one of the really interesting things is I’ve always been determined and clear in my desire and goal to transform the club into the ideal that I see for it. In this season, I think I realized that it is the way it is for a reason. I don’t deal with the missing baby very well, and, as a byproduct of that, we really explore the love that these guys have for each other. They really have to rally, which I think is the key to these motorcycle clubs. It’s just a brotherhood, and these f–king guys love each other.”
4) Gemma On The Run. The traumatized Gemma will be start off alone on the lam, but will eventually bond with her father, played by Holbrook. “As we left her, she [had] gotten retribution for something she had felt very close to her,” Segal says. “She felt very good about that for, I think, about 10 minutes. Then what you find is Gemma away from her family, who she loves more than anything. She struggles with that.” As Gemma reconnects with her father, “We’ll find out a lot more about her history and the history of the club as the season unfolds. [Back] in Charming… the s–t is flying, dude. Everybody is upset.”
5) Tara’s Growth. Jax’s love interest, Tara (Maggie Siff), is dealing with the adversity of Abel’s abduction, and as a result a lot of her growth will come from inside. “I always described Season 2 as the education of Tara,” Siff says. “This season, with so much going on, Tara is left to pick up the pieces, but she also is really in that world this season. There is kind of strength that she comes into in the face of a lot of adversity on the show, delivered on a pretty consistent basis.”