"Heavy is the head that wears the crown," goes the old saying. And as Jax Teller, antihero of FX's Sons of Anarchy and new president of the titular motorcycle club, will discover this season, it's heavier still with two new influences whispering in his ears.
Fresh off its most watched season, the oft-described Hamlet-on-Harleys will likely get another boost from Dexter/NYPD Blue vet Jimmy Smits and Lost/Oz alum Harold Perrineau, who both join for lengthy stints in Season 5 as a dubious ally and a formidable enemy, respectively.
Lauren Graham, Ray Romano
Once upon a time, I'd watch FX's Sons of Anarchy begrudgingly because it was popular. Now I'm watching because it's good. As in bad. As in: bad things happening to bad people. Consequences = drama. And that's rarely been more evident than as the fifth season gets underway Tuesday (10/9c), with the motorcycle club torn apart from within and without, capped by an act of retribution that's horrific even by this show's violent standards.
Derek Anthony and Harold Perrineau
Harold Perrineau is getting in touch with his meaner side this season on Sons of Anarchy. The season opener (Tuesday, Sept. 11, 10/9c, FX) will find the former Oz and Lost actor playing Damon Pope, a dangerous adversary for the club — understandable, given that SAMCRO was responsible for the death of his daughter last season. Perrineau spoke with TV Guide Magazine about the perils of crossing his SOA character and still being "That Guy From Lost."
After four seasons of gravel-voiced domination, the reign of King Clay has come to an end on Sons of Anarchy. When the series starts its fifth season on Tuesday, Sept. 11 (10/9c, FX), stepson Jax (Charlie Hunnam) will be at the head of the SAMCRO table, though Clay will still be prowling the sidelines. Ron Perlman, who plays the dangerous, power-hungry Clay, talked with TV Guide Magazine about what to expect from the dethroned Clay this season (and why he's not on Twitter).
Now that Jax has taken over as president of SAMCRO, the Sons of Anarchy antihero has finally fulfilled his destiny by following in his father's — and stepfather's — footsteps. Will Jax (Charlie Hunnam) go the route of John Teller, who died in servitude of the club, or Clay (Ron Perlman), who lost his way and ultimately became the enemy of the club? Either path Jax takes, one thing is for certain: "There is no show without Jax."
That's what creator Kurt Sutter expressed to reporters at FX's Television Critics Association fall TV previews Saturday. Going into the fifth season, Sutter said he's already planning for the end.
Joel McHale has landed a multi-episode arc on Sons of Anarchy's fifth season, TVLine.com reports.
The Soup and Community star will play...
There's a new face at the head of the table this season on Sons of Anarchy.
After Clay (Ron Perlman) killed Piney (William Lucking), put a hit out on Tara (Maggie Siff) and beat his wife Gemma (Katey Sagal) to a bloody pulp in an effort to protect his secrets, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) ousted his stepfather from the president's seat. But it's going to be far from a cushy job.
Sons of Anarchy boss on Season 4 Finale: Clay suffered a "fate worse than death"
Jax has the immediate threat of retaliation from Damon Pope (guest star Harold Perrineau), whose daughter was accidentally killed...
What would Zack and Cody say?!
Former Disney star Ashley Tisdale has signed on for a much more adult role on Sons of Anarchy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Tisdale, 26, will appear in two episodes of the FX drama as...
Wanda de Jesus
Wanda de Jesus has landed a multi-episode arc in the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Deadline.com first reported the news.
The CSI: Miami alum will play...
Sons of Anarchy has found its new villain.
Lost's Harold Perrineau has joined the cast as...