‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 4 Preview: Ego, Greed & Violence

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 8:42 am,

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(If you have yet to see season 3 of ‘Sons of Anarchy’, this article contains spoilers. Read on at your own risk.)


Kurt Sutter revealed recently that he was in the midst of editing the first episode of Sons of Anarchy season 4, which means we can expect FX to announce a premiere date any day now. In addition to casting Danny Trejo in a supporting role and bringing a new sheriff to Charming, what other surprises does the series’ creator have up his sleeve for the boys of SAMCRO?

Strange as it may sound, season 4 will be both a return to normal, and a new beginning for the band of bikers that once ruled Charming. After the events of season 3, which saw many of the club incarcerated, the series will make a leap in time (around 14 months).

The jump may seem risky – offering loyal viewers little explanation as to what happened while Jax (Charlie Hunnam), Clay (Ron Perlman) and the others were guests of the state, and how the world around them has changed. Instead (for viewers new and old alike), it will serve as a chance to get acclimated – just like the Sons.

According to Sutter, that was exactly his plan all along. The benefit to the jail time is two-fold: 1) it legitimizes the characters of Sons of Anarchy. As Sutter puts it: “Most of the bikers I’ve met in the outlaw life have done prison time.” And 2) the passage of time allows Sutter and his team of writers a chance to “reboot the narrative and prevent the mythology from folding into itself too soon.”

In terms of the immediate impact on season 4’s storyline, Sutter has said he feels the events of this upcoming season will be driven by the characters – instead of the other way around, like in season 3. “This season, I’m trying to approach the room with a looser grip on story.”

Like the newly released Sons of Anarchy poster (see below), there is a strong sense of history and character in season 4 – that the series is back to being about the club and its members. To hear it from Sutter, the new season is already off to a great start.

“So far, the new season feels very potent.  We’re back in Charming, we’re out of jail and we’re making money.  With that upswing, comes all the complications that success and power bring.  Season four is all about the club.  The personalities, the history, the alliances, the conflicts — the inside dynamics of an organized outlaw enterprise.  Ego, greed, violence and fear reign supreme.”

Take a look at the poster below:

soa 4 poster 570x830 Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Preview: Ego, Greed & Violence

As teased, season 4 will have two significant additions to the cast: guest star Danny Trejo and Rockmond Dunbar (Prison Break, The Chicago Code) and each will offer up characters on either side of the law. Fan-favorite Trejo joins the M.C. as former Mexican commando Romero ‘Romeo’ Parada. While it’s unclear how long Trejo’s arc will be, having him on the show will undoubtedly bring in some new viewers and attention.

Meanwhile, there’s a new sheriff in town (yeah, it had to be said) in Dunbar, who plays the newly elected Eli Roosevelt. Not only does Roosevelt present a threat to the club in terms of the law, but he also represents the changing attitude of Charming as a whole.

Described as a formidable, confident and forthright lawman, Roosevelt is the antithesis of Chief Wayne Unser (Dayton Callie). While Unser was, for all intents and purposes, owned by SAMCRO, Roosevelt is made of sterner stuff – going so far as to prohibit the club’s colors be worn in public. Needless to say, that is not going to sit well with the Sons.

Roosevelt will serve to usher in a new world, according to Sutter:

“…Charming really has been Mayberry—it’s been an anachronism, and in my mind, we’ll start to see that shift, and how do they handle that shift. Do they try to throw the brakes on it? Do they embrace it? What happens to the big fish when the pond starts to get bigger?”

It’s nice to see  a television series takes the kind of leap that Sons of Anarchy will with its fourth season. Watching how this ‘reboot’ plays out should at least make for some interesting television.

Here’s a brief promo to further whet your appetite for some anarchy:

Sons of Anarchy season 4 premieres in September on FX.

Source: Zap2It, TV Guide, Sutter Ink

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  1. I want to see Jim Beaver have a couple off guest spots in the future he would be an awesome addition to the show.

    • +1 to that Random

      It’s kind of strange to see Charlie with no hair.

      • Has Diamond Dallas Page appeared on the show can’t recall if not he is another guy I want to show up he played a tough mouthy biker in the Devils Rejects.

  2. NO way I HATE JAX HAIR CUT!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jax needs his hair!!!He looks like a jock

    • Jax looks baddass like he did in Green Street Hooligans. Maybe he’ll kick some ass like he did as the leader of the GSE.

    • Totally agree. He looks like a spoiled lil preschooler!

  3. Terrific show. Arguable the best episodic drama right now with Boardwalk Empire

    Can’t wait

  4. I’ll follow the show no matter what they do, love it, but I feel they need a character that’s as dangerous as he is mysterious, something like a hitman, that can almost single handedly take down samcro.
    No one really has giving Jax a run for his money either, cept clay.

  5. The hair — he just got out of prison, so he won’t have the long hair, at least at first.

  6. Ahhhh!!! I want Jax’s hair back too!! Grr!! I don’t get the whole “he just got out of prison, so he won’t have long hair” comment – that doesn’t make any sense, but okay. I still want his hair back! lol

    • basically long hair in jail gives them a chance to hide drugs in it, hang them selves etc plus it works against you in any fights easy to grab your better off with a short hair

    • i know u seen green street…he looks regular now to tell the truth…he looked kinda fake with da long hair thing…espcially when his accent comes out a lil…

  7. lovin all of it can’t wait!!

  8. I hope The show doesn’t Change too much but i guess they need Something esle
    to bring more viewers in.

    Jax’s with no hair that’s new 3years with long hair i guess that’s the First

    Doesn’t Really matter tho

    Still going ROCK C A N T W A I T

  9. This show has had me in tears,laughing fits, and on the edge of my seat each episode the detail in the writing and in the acting is fantastic. Hope samcro runs as long MASH.

  10. Can’t bloody wait

  11. i been following this show since the first season…im still loving it…i just want to really find out if clay killed jax father or what…and if jax is going to be a permanently changed man…no more trinna change the club and make it legit or follow his fathers dream for the club…i like when jax and clay are on the same page…this get alot more exciting that way

  12. They should script Johnny Strong into the show as an undercover cop infiltrating the M.C. anyways great show.

  13. hair no hair no matter the show closely represents life in the cut better than any other show i have seen the inclusion of sonny barger rver so brief as it were was great undoubtedly the best series on television keep the ball roling

  14. This is a cool show ,… really enjoying it! (especially JAX! – Eye Candy) Thanks to ONE HD (Ten) for showing it in Australia!

  15. i love this trailer ive proberly seen it at least 20 times lol Charlie looks so funny without hair but hes still hottttttttttttttt!!!!! i cant wait to watch season 4

  16. eeeeeeeeeee! so pumped, just watched end of season 3, soooooooo EPIC

  17. omg jax hair is sooooo not hott nomore

  18. SHAME on FX for taking so long to get season 3 DVD out…some of us need more than 2 seasons to hold us until new seasons start!!! No reason for so long of a delay FX!

    I for one love Jax’s new hair! Also, can’t wait to see the ‘flashbacks’ to fill us in on what’s happened during the 14mo jump.

  19. could you pls tell me when sons of anarchy season 4 starts in australia pls , i cannot wait thank you

  20. pls when does it start in australia thank you

  21. on tonights episode of the sons of anachy things are heating up for the member s.o.a especialy when
    the new sheriff lt in town smash up the club house in frount of the guys of sons of anachy was a bad
    move for him hes skating on thin ice but jax and clay will have to keep an eye the new black sheriff
    for now hes just puppet for the mayor and the head of the anti gang unit will be found out by jax
    but he wont tell clay as yet

  22. the real bad guy in charming is the mayor of chraming hes destorying the town he swore to protect
    as mayor if the towns people knew that hes bring in more crime they will run him out of town with
    the members of sons of anachy as opie as the new leader of the club with jax those two will keep
    the club clean

    so season four looks like there willbe some changes for charming clay will steep down and opie
    will take over its a wait and see i wish the cast of sons of anachy the best season this year
    will there be a season 5?

    • Next season there will be a big change cant wait

  23. I cant wait until tuesday s night, it is going very interesting

  24. Australian tv is way behind with SOA. Purchase the series from usa, it will be quicker and it is totally worth the cost, that way you can be up to date!
    Series 2 is being relased in Australia on 2nd Nov but all of the first 3 series are avaliable is usa.