Fans of the FX biker drama "Sons of Anarchy" have been put on notice: The show’s upcoming sixth season won’t be pulling any punches.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that cast members are promising the most "violent" and "sad" season in the show’s history.
Kim Coates told the publication: "This is the second to last season, it’s all guns-a-blazin’, no pun intended. Get ready, because there’s no pulled punches. It is flat-out, 100 percent sad this year."
THR notes: "The actor, who plays Tig, says that his personal anti-violence stance makes filming the show difficult at times."
Says Coates: "Honestly, it’s tough. It’s tough shit. It’s not even that we’re doing a lot of violent stuff, it’s just that it’s coming to an end. You know characters will die, you know they’ll be gone forever, and ['Sons'] is a big hit. It’s a big hit all over the world."
THR adds: "With Tuesday’s premiere picking up right where last season’s finale left off, with Tara (Maggie Siff) and Clay (Ron Perlman) both jail-bound, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is forced to put his own issues on the backburner and focus on freeing his wife."
Says Hunnam: "I think at the end of last season, [Jax] felt as though he’d really let himself and the club down. [He] hadn’t risen to the challenge of being president in the way that he thought he would, so there’s kind of resolute Jax in the beginning of this season where he’s really determined to have a reckoning for his bad behavior and do an about-turn, and stop going down the dark path he was going down and repeating some of Clay’s mistakes."
The story adds: "Perlman jokes that Clay will become an incarcerated ‘Top Chef’ contestant in the coming season, and later suggests that ‘everyone dies but Happy (David Labrava).’"
Getting serious, Perlman adds: "The sands are shifting under our feet. … We’ve lost the president, we have a new president, everybody’s in positions that they’re rather uncomfortable in because they’ve never done them before. It’s a season of unrest and transition because I think we’re winding our way towards the end."
Adds Peter Weller, who has directed a number of episodes and appears in the season six premiere: "It’s all a personal journey now. The mission of communal glory and vengeance and territory that was so prevalent in ‘The Iliad,’ now it’s about finding your own safety and sanctuary at any cost. It’s very emotional."