The first season deals with Jax trying to reconcile things happening to the club with what he reads in his father's memoirs, Opie trying to take a lesser role in the club, and local and federal law enforcement trying to shut down SAMCRO. Weston, seek to drive the Sons of Anarchy from Charming. Due to the improper handling of an internal problem, the rift between Clay and Jax continues to widen as Jax challenges most of Clay's decisions and comes to a head when a lone car bomb nearly kills another member of SAMCRO.
Gemma struggles when she takes Nate to his new assisted living home, and he pleads to be taken back to his house. She returns to Charming to reunite with her grandson, unaware he has been kidnapped. The return of A. Upon learning of her grandson's abduction, Gemma suffers a cardiac arrhythmia and collapses in the Teller-Morrow lot. After the club returns from Ireland and brings home Abel, agent Stahl double crosses Jax and tells the club about the side deal Jax made with her, unaware that Jax and the club had it planned all along knowing Stahl would back out of the deal.
While Opie, Chibbs, and the Prospects are all en route following Stahl. Opie kills Stahl to avenge the death of his wife, Donna. They also discover Hale has become the mayor. Toric approaches both Tara and Clay and offers them deals in exchange for giving up SAMCRO; both initially refuse, but Clay later relents when confronted with being thrown into the prison's general population and assuredly being killed by inmates paid off by Damon Pope's men as a retaliation for Pope's murder. Juice returns to Charming after helping Bobby relocate after stepping down as VP, which angers Chibs, who doesn't believe Juice has been punished enough for talking to cops and later beats him.
With the death of Clay, Gemma and Nero's romance becomes stronger. Tara is murdered and the tables get turned for the club. Jax struggles with his recent loss and turns himself into the authorities. While in jail, Jax makes decisions that radically alter the direction of the club and uses it to exact revenge for the death of his wife. With Bobby's death in the ensuing war, the hate and lies are fuelled, created by Gemma and Juice, who are on the run and hiding from the club. After Jax learns the truth, he works to make things right with all parties involved.
Its nickname is reflected in the original title for the show, Forever Sam Crow. In the early seasons they are vehement about keeping "hard" drugs and drug dealers out of Charming. They also do not tolerate sex criminals.
The club's leadership are supporters of the IRA. Six of the "Redwood Original 9", or "First 9", members were Vietnam vets, with only Lenny Janowitz alive at the end of the series. Club members wear vests known as kuttes. The SOA patch on the back is a Grim Reaper holding a crystal ball with the Anarchist circle-A symbol, and wielding the Reaper's traditional scythe, the handle of which has been replaced by the M16 rifle that the founders wielded in Vietnam. Only full members can wear the "patch".
Kelli Jones was the costume designer for all the seasons. Due to its popularity, replicas of the vests, with the same style of top pockets, zips and button clasps, have become popular on various auction sites. The Sons ride customised Harley-Davidson Dyna motorcycles. Each rider customises his own bike to his individual style; however, they all paint their bikes black and most sport T-bar style handlebars.
A patchholder's bike usually sports the Sons of Anarchy letters, the club's Grim Reaper logo, or the circled "A" club logo.
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In later seasons, several members switch to more touring-oriented models. For instance, Jax is often seen on a Street Glide.
Prospects are not permitted to paint their bikes black until they get patched in. Jax is also seen driving a silver Dodge Ram throughout the show. Later in Season 6 she is seen driving a Lincoln Navigator all are painted black. Throughout season 7 Jax is seen refurbishing his father's bike, a stock Harley-Davidson, equipped with the correct Knucklehead motor and hardtail cradle frame.
The bike which he rides in the Season 7 finale's last scenes is fitted with an Evolution motor , and late-model swing arm frame. The biggest difference between their bikes and the Sons' lies in ape hanger bars , fender skirts and bikes of all colors. Some members have day jobs in local industries; most work at the Teller-Morrow garage as mechanics, but they primarily make money by illegally importing weapons and selling them to various gangs, and making protection runs for local businesses by defending valuable truck shipments against hijacking.
During Season 4 they start to mule cocaine for the Galindo cartel in exchange for cash and protection. In later seasons they manage a porn studio and an escort business, both legitimately. This earns them respect and admiration from the townspeople, who believe the Sons do more to protect their town than its own police. These gangs serve important roles in either being enemies of the clubs or soon to be partners with the MC to bring in more money.
In the series premiere, the Mayans torch the facility the SAMCRO used for storing and assembling guns, forcing the club to buy land for and build another facility. The clubhouse, described above, includes a living area with multiple rooms where members sometimes crash for the night , a fully operational bar, a pool table, a kitchen, a workout room, and the "chapel", a room with an elaborate redwood conference table that has a reaper logo carved into the top, where the patched members meet to discuss club business and vote on major decisions.
The club owns a secluded cabin in the woods and a warehouse outside of town which was bought from but is still maintained by club associate Elliot Oswald , where they have stored weapons and cocaine for the Galindo Cartel. They also spend time at Red Woody, the club's porn studio run by Lyla , and Diosa and Diosa Norte, the club's two escort agencies.
Sons of Anarchy has commonly been called " Hamlet on Harleys". There were also intermittent hints at an Oedipal complex between Jax and Gemma, reflecting 20th-century interpretations of the relationship between Hamlet and his mother Queen Gertrude. Jax's murder of the innocent Jury in season 7 mirrors Hamlet's murder of the innocent Polonius in that it ultimately leads to his downfall. Sutter has said of the Shakespeare element, "I don't want to overplay that but it's there.
It was Jax's father who started the club, so he's the ghost in the action. You wonder what he would have made of the way it turned out.
It's not a version of Hamlet but it's definitely influenced by it. In the Season 1 premiere, Gemma is shown cleaning Jax's house, and he notes that she is always cleaning. This behavior, combined with her ambitions and sometimes murderous machinations, have prompted some reviewers and commentators to liken her to Lady Macbeth.
The series was created by Kurt Sutter.
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Sutter was also the showrunner , the series' most prolific writer, and a regular director; he directed each season finale. Sutter had previously worked as an executive producer for the FX series The Shield. The Sons of Anarchy ' s other executive producers are father and son team Art Linson and John Linson; Jim Parriott served as an executive producer and writer for the first season only.
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Paris Barclay joined Sons of Anarchy as an executive producer in the fourth season, after directing episodes in the first and second season. In addition to serving as Executive Producer in the fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons, Barclay directed three episodes each season, including the season 4 and 5 premieres, the top two highest-rated telecasts in the history of FX.
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Jack LoGiudice served as a consulting producer and regular writer for the first season. He became co-executive producer for the second season, then left the series to work on The Walking Dead. Dave Erickson also worked as a consulting producer for the first and second seasons, and then took over as co-executive producer for the third season.
The series' other regular writers are supervising producer Chris Collins and co-producer Regina Corrado. Shawn Rutherford joined as consulting producer for seasons 6 and 7. Main sets located there included the clubhouse, St. Thomas Hospital, and Jax's house. The production rooms at the studio used by the writing staff doubled as the Charming police station.