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Sons of Anarchy Season Four Spoilers: What's Next For the Family and the Club?

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Where did last night's gripping Sons of Anarchy season-ender leave our favorite motorcycle club, and what can we expect from one of our favorite shows going forward?

If you haven't read it, here's our take on the Sons of Anarchy season three finale. Read it and leave us comments with your thoughts. Now, let's look ahead to next year.

In a lengthy Q&A with E! Online, creator and show-runner Kurt Sutter talked about the changes the finale sets up for season four. Here are some notable excerpts ...

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On how Jax is now going to operate differently than John did: "Jax was finding out that John's whole life was essentially a lie and that he was going to bail on it."

"His dad was going to bail on Gemma and had this kid with this other woman, and ultimately that he wasn't as strong a man as Jax had envisioned him to be."

"Jax is not running away, and he is committed to Tara, and he's not looking for something outside of the life. Obviously, the decisions that he makes put him deeper into the machinations of the club. He's distanced himself from the notion of trying to change things."

"Really, in a lot of ways, he's becoming more like his mother.

On when season four will pick up: "There will be a gap in time. I haven't decided if we'll start with them in jail and getting out or if we'll begin with them already out of jail, but we're not going to spend half a season or a season in jail. Sons is not going to become Oz."

On what Charming will look like in 14 months: "It'll be a different Charming. There will be a new mayor and a new sheriff. The 21st century is going to land at SAMCRO's doorstep. It'll be interesting, because the 21st century will also bleed into their lives."

"The gun business will be exponentially bigger as a result of the Irish deal, so they themselves will be upgrading, but everything else around them will also be changing."

"Not that I'm thematically trying to make a big point in terms of all that, but Charming really has been Mayberry—it's been an anachronism, and in my mind, we'll start to see that shift, and how do they handle that shift. Do they try to throw the brakes on it?"

"Do they embrace it? What happens to the big fish when the pond gets bigger?"

On the club's struggling finances: "They've had a tough run, ever since Abel was born, between legal fees and everything else, but I do think that, as Clay said to Gemma, this is an opportunity for them to finish big. We'll see that start to happen."

On whether Kozik will stick around: "I love Kenny Johnson and I love the character, but I didn't vote him in was because I wanted to leave it up in the air a little bit. I thought it would have been too neat if they had all this conflict and then it just went away."

"Because we did spend so much time away from our core guys this season, next season I really want to find some great storylines for our guys. Kenny is such a great actor that I don't want to waste that on some little three-episode arc."

"If I can use him, then I really want to find a way to use him rather than have him reduced to one of the guys riding up on a bike.

On Happy's place in the cast: "I say this not in a judgmental or flip way, but really in a character way, that a little Happy goes a long way. Do you know what I mean?"

"Too much Happy storyline is overwhelming. The moment he had in the torture scene where everyone is appalled and he's smiling like a four-year-old, that's all you need."

"Happy is a little bit of the sociopath, and you don't like it to get too stereotyped or clichéd. But D.L. will definitely be around. I think he'll be in 9-10 episodes next season."

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On the new prospects sticking around as well: "They're so unlikely in terms of this club! It's my experience that the more time I spend with the guys in this world, that actually it's the guys that never fit in that are the guys that are pledging clubs."

"That's why I love those two actors. They're funny without having to do much with them, and I imagine they'll be back ... we'll wait to have that play out."

On adding new gangs: "I don't know if we'll do any more MCs next year, but on The Shield every couple of seasons we would get bored with our clubs and gangs, and we'd introduce new ones, but I think some that we've introduced will come back."

On Lenny the Pimp: "Lenny was part of the First Nine; I think we talk about it in the iPad app - we have a whole thing coming out on the First Nine. The only ones still living are Clay (Ron Perlman), Piney (William Lucking) and Lenny."

On whether Tara is having a boy or not: "Uh ... I haven't decided on that, but I'll say this: It is the Sons of Anarchy."

On Trinity's role: "I don't know if it will be next season, but I think that at some point, perhaps, as the mythology continues to unfold, I think there might be an opportunity to bring her back. She was so much fun, and I thought Zoe did a great job."

On more Jax-Tara backstory: "We're not going to do flashbacks, but if there's a way to get out that information, like we did in season one with Stahl, in a way that makes sense and moves the story along whether it's narrative or just character, then yeah, I'm always hoping to reveal some of the mythology, I just don't know off-hand what that might mean in terms of season four."

Well? What do you think? Weigh in on all these Sons of Anarchy spoilers and share your own predictions for Season Four by leaving a comment below.

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I never thought to watch in three years but im glad I did one of the best shows in tv history and there aint many. Just finished season three and all loose ends were tied up beautifuly cant wait for season 4 peace.

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i live in australia and i just love sons of anarchy i can't wait for season 4 to be out its the best show on tv

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Love this show and can't wait for Season 4. Should start after they are out of jail... there have been enough shows with jail scenes.
Tara and Jax are great for each other and Gemma is genuine.
Keep who ever you have for writers, because they are doing a kick ass job. Wish the show could be all year long, not just a season at a time, but I guess the actors have to rest sometime.
Didn't care too much for the kidnapping and Irish theme but it did make sense.
Thanks for this great show.

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Keep Tommy Flanagan in the show and give him some cracking story lines. Him and Opie are my favourite. :)

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OMG. i LOVE this programme sooooo much.
i hope Opie stays safe and doesn't get into "much" trouble he needs to look after his kids. Im hoping they catch Zobel and sort out the New Mayor. The Boys kick ass.
Gemma is awesome, she keeps the boys grounded.
Keep Jax and Tara together, make Tara smile more thou :)
Im gutted Season 3 has finished.
Kurt Sutter is a genius, SOA and The Shield are works of art.

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I agree with Natalie I think tara should have a girl I would love to see how the club handles havin a little girl among them and how Jax will handle copin with a girl would be a good thing I think I love this show.....Although the Ireland season grated a little and dragged a little too I hope this season has a faster more interesting pace

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Let's give Tara a baby girl. The Sons need more chicks! As for season 4, it should begin with them just getting out of jail (the day before or the day of). I would also like to see what's going on with the relationship between Opie and his kids. There still seems to be distance there. Where's Tara's family? Does anyone that Tara knows object to her new life? I love this show. The writing is fabulous. Thanks for the great entertainment.

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If you need to see any of the past episodes check out project free tv. they have the first 3 seasons and all for free. this is a great storyline and am waiting for season 4. I'd like to see wayne retire and hang out for a while.

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Sons of Anarchy is one of my favorite shows! Jax is THE MAN and soooo Hott! Cant wait for season 4 to come out!!!

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1. I thought Kozik might be a plant by the police. 2. I wish FOX would have an SOA marathon, someday soon,
as I missed the first seasons.

Sons of Anarchy Quotes

Chibs: Thanks for yesterday.
Jarry: For the sex or the heads up?
Chibs: For the heads up. You should be thanking me for the sex.

I was raised a Catholic. Everything's a worry for me.

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