Sons of Anarchy Season 5 to Explore "Ripple Effect" of President Jax Teller

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It didn't take long for the Sons of Anarchy panel at PaleyFest 2012 to turn dirty.

Within minutes of being asked whether Chucky's masturbation problem was an issue for anyone else in the cast, Tommy Flanagan and Dayton Callie both acted as if they, too, had lost digits as punishment for the chronic habit.

Then there was creator Kurt Sutter, who - in response to a question about Callie's Wayne Unser and his feelings for Gemma, portrayed by Sutter's better half, Katey Sagal - replied: “Maybe it’s me, but I assume everyone wants to f-ck my wife.”

SOA at PaleyFest

Sutter also addressed questions about season five, which he's only just begun to write.

"I've always wanted to play this idea of putting Jax at the head of that table," he said, referring to events from the season four finale and teasing that episode to come would explore "the ripple effect of that on the guys and the loyalties of it and where people land."

The executive producer and serial Tweeter ("I’m so desperately in need of attention," he joked) added that the character of Damon Pope would be introduced and play a key role in responding to Tig's "clusterf-ck" from the finale, which led to the death of Pope's daughter.

But the season will come down, as you might expect, to the new SAMCRO President. Said Sutter

"The interesting dynamic to play out this season is seeing Jax at the head of that table and the struggle that he has of being king. How can you be the leader of an organized crime syndicate and not become Clay? And if you choose not to become Clay, are you doomed to the fate of John Teller?"

Other highlights moments from the panel:

  • The gang making fun or Ron Perelman lack of motorcycling skills, with Tommy Flanagan (above) re-enacting his co-star's face when he tops out at 11 miles per hour on the bike.
  • Theo Rossi sharing a story about freaking out Tom Cruise at the Super 8 premiere when he arrived in full on Juice attire, including mohawk and tattoos.
  • Might Sutter actually pen a prequel for FX? "I see it as a different show," he said of focusing on the First Nine. "Not a continuation or another version of Sons of Anarchy, but a more political and socially historical sort of show. I definitely have some interest in doing it. I’d like to explore it in some capacity.
  • Steven Tyler was originally meant to play David Hasselhoff's porn king, but the singer got caught up on tour with Aerosmith.
  • Sagal said she has no idea what will happen with Gemma on season five, but it's clear what she wants to see happen: "I think Gemma should sit at the head of the table."

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Can't w8 4 season 5 jax as president oh baby!


They should let queen bee Gemma into the club - only after a gang rape initiation, the whole club must bang her even Clays real son Jax.


Well I love the show and cannot wait for season five


I agree Gemma should not be head of the table .. it would ruin the show ... much as I love her character ...GREAT SHOW .. THE BEST ON TV Today for sure ...Keep the episodes cominf and I agree also not so long in between PLEASE ... We are all hangin'!!!!!!!!


first of all gemma will never sit there there so keep dreaming she my have balls but she aint got muscle and can't wait to see how jax makes the club into JT's vision its all gonna go down this season hell yes :)


Reluctantly watched SOA on Netflix and now I am can not believe that I can not find a free version of Season 4. Reading the actors comments, the worse mistake would be to go PC and put Gemma at the head of the table. Love Gemma's character, manipulating the politics in the background, but her taking the head, this would easily be the new definition of "jumping the shark tank". 1% MC's consider woman property, some do not even give them that much credit. Amazing that with all of the smarts Segal has, she would be so selfish to even suggest that turn.


If you have ever been a true 1% you know that its just all Hollywood hype. However i do get a good laugh out of it.


SOA is now a real 1% Motorcycle club they siding with the USA hells angels against their rival Mike Yevtuck.


I rode my first Harley a sportster at nine ..I'm a patcholder in a MC in Orange County California.I was a hangaround,and prospect for the full term.I have many freinds in the Biker community...the whole association between Cops and the SOA charming charter is so far fetched the average Joe blow doesn't even get what a snowjob that of the biggest mandatory unsaid and unspoken qualifications for any club and or known associates is no cops,no freinds of cops,,there's no exceptions to this rule.period.


hey doses.o.a come out in may??? thats what i heard

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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.


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.