The Sons of Anarchy will ride through to 2014 and then that's it. Speaking at the Televsion Critics Assosciation press tour, creator Kurt Sutter confirmed he envisions the SAMCRO saga concluding after a seventh season, which hasn't been officially ordered but most assuredly will as it's FX's highest rated series.
For now though, promo for the sixth season is beginning to rev up for 90-minute September 10th premiere. That episode is said to have a highly controversial climax*, which would place it in the pantheon of SoA openers that have seen a woman get burned alive, a brutal gang rape, a shootout at a funeral, and a pool stick jammed into a guy's nuts.
When we last saw the club, one season of presidency had Jax well on his way to becoming that which he hates most: his duplicitious stepfather Clay, whom he set up and sent to jail. Also headed for the big house is Jax's wife Tara, a move that may or may not have been orchestrated by his mother Gemma. That's to say nothing of the shifting allegiances and bubbling bad blood within the club itself. As the first teaser for year six shows, SAMCRO looks to be on the urge of tearing itself apart from the inside out. Bad timing, considering unbeknownst to them they've pissed off a dangerous ex-US Marshal, last seen sitting beside a bed adorned with very large guns.
As for the end, Sutter's got a loose idea of how it will go down: "I have a loose blueprint I go into every season with. The looser I hold on to those ideas, the better the seasons are. ... I have a sense of what the final shot is, but I hold onto that loosely. I need that marker to go towards, and then I go the right place."
Those sad about the show coming to a close can be comforted by news that Sutter plans to ask FX for permission to do a number of super-sized, 90-minute episodes (not just premieres and finales) for both seasons, as he did last year.
*Unfortunately we spotted a tweet during the TCA panel that brazenly gave the basis of said climax away. It's definitely going to hit a public nerve, and could end up being the most brutal thing the show's done yet.