Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Preview: Farewell, Jax?

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The first four minutes of tonight's Sons of Anarchy premiere sets the stage for where various character are at. Watch the opening NOW.

But where are the two main SAMCRO members heading? That's a topic Kurt Sutter addressed with TV Guide this week.

"Jax has had a lot of time to think about the last three years of his life," Sutter said of the character's 14-month prison sentence. "He is perhaps a guy that thinks too deeply for this life. I think that becomes clear this season in terms of where his goals are and what his plan is.

Opie and Jax

Those goals will be to leave Charming behind, taking Tara and his two sons away from a life that would most likely put him back behind bars at some point. But Jax "doesn't want to leave the club in chaos," Sutter says, or to bail on it like he thinks his father did.

"Jax is a little bit of an idealist and it's probably his tragic flaw. He has these ideals that he strives for that ultimately are antithetical to the lifestyle."

Of course, viewers know JT did not actually bail on the club. The letters Tara discovered on the third season finale will play a major role this season, beginning tonight.

Elsewhere on the premiere - which we've seen and a review of which will go live on TV Fanatic nanosecond this 90-minute episode concludes - fan can look forward to...

  • New law enforcement in town, and a new grand plan to bring down SAMCRO.
  • A wedding.
  • Clay wondering about his own future with the club.
  • Juice with a head of hair.
  • A very troubled Wayne Unser.
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Sons of Anarchy Quotes

Something happens at around 92 miles an hour - thunder-headers drown out all sound, engine vibrations travels at a heart's rate, field of vision funnels into the immediate and suddenly you're not on the road, you're in it. A part of it. Traffic, scenery, cops - just cardboard cutouts blowing over as you past. Sometimes I forget the rush of that. That's why I love these long runs. All your problems, all the noise, gone. Nothing else to worry about except what's right in front of you. Maybe that's the lesson for me today, to hold on to these simple moments. Appreciate them a little more - there's not many of them left. I don't ever want that for you. Finding things that make you happy shouldn't be so hard. I know you'll face pain, suffering, hard choices, but you can't let the weight of it choke the joy out of your life. No matter what, you have to find the things that love you. Run to them. There's an old saying, 'That what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger' I don't believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things - your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that'll keep you whole. Those are the things to hold on to when you're broken.

Jax

We don't know who we are until we're connected to someone else. We're just better human beings when with the person we're supposed to be with. I wasn't supposed to leave...I belong here.

Tara