Guillermo del Toro’s use of physical sets grounds the Pacific Rim storyline of giant robots versus monsters in reality, although Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi weren’t quite expecting to have gallons of water dumped on them while filming!
The thousands of Sons of Anarchy fans who packed Hall H at Comic-Con today were treated to a special sneak peek of the new season, which begins Sept. 11 on FX. And boy, is this one explosive. EW got the exclusive run. Check it out:
That wasn’t the only explosive thing to come out of the panel. Creator Kurt Sutter told fans that he’s open to doing a prequel that sets up the formation of the motorcycle club. Maybe we will finally meet Jax’s dad in the flesh!
Other tidbits: Gemma (Katey Sagal) has hot sex with Jimmy Smits in the premiere. He plays an ex-gangsta type who mentors Jax. Jax begins to empathize with Clay and just how hard it can be to run a club. Opie (Ryan Hurst) will decide whether he will sit at the table with Jax and what role he will serve in the club.
Check out what TVLine’sMatt Mitovich had to share on the upcoming fifth season of Sons of Anarchy after speaking with Charlie on the subject.
Sons of Anarchy | “It’s going to be a very, very uneasy partnership” — that is how Charlie Hunnam sums up the dynamic between Jax and Clay as Season 5 picks up, a short time after SAMCRO’s abrupt change in leadership. “Jax is keeping him around as a matter of necessity, and when that necessity ends… I don’t know what going to happen.” As such, Clay, even as cocksure as he can be, must figure that his days of serving the club in any capacity are numbered, no? “I would imagine that Clay understands that he has a finite amount of time,” Hunnam offers. “And I’m sure he’s going to put that time to very good use, to engineer some reason that he’s essential beyond this period of his actually being essential.”
Make sure you check out the entire interview in full with Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter as he talks about Jax, and our favorite Charming characters leading into season five over at TVGuide.com
What’s the most immediate problem Jax has to deal with?
Sutter: We begin the season with the pressure that we left off with last year. We threw in the death of Damon Pope’s daughter. That ignites early on in the first episode. We see the ramifications of that and Damon Pope’s response to that. Pope obviously starts out as this very strong antagonist and will remain so for a while. The interesting thing that happens with Pope and Jax is they’re forced to get in bed with this guy Nero as a result of their misstep.
Whose counsel will Jax seek in the club? Last we saw, his right-hand man Opie was no longer at his side.
Sutter: We see Jax really create his inner circle as early as the premiere episode. And Opie will definitely be part of that. I think we’ll see in Episode 2 the beginning of that relationship being repaired. As always on this show, it is done through extreme circumstances, but Opie will make an attempt to be back in Jax’s life. I just felt like it would have been too neat and too convenient for Opie, after everything that happened to him, to sort of take a seat at that table at the end of last season. I needed him to earn it a little bit and put him in orbit for an episode or so. And that’s what we’ve done.
Speaking of Tara, is she fully committed to this lifestyle at this point?
Sutter: Tara’s dilemma up to this point was always, “Am I in or am I out?” I think she’s really made the decision last season that she is in. Her dilemma this season is, “OK, I’m in, and how do I rectify that? How do I be true to this world? How do I serve Jax as his queen? How do I help the club? How do I do the things that an old lady is supposed to do and still be true to myself, and is that possible? Can I still be Dr. Tara Knowles and the matriarch of a motorcycle club?” I didn’t want to suddenly in the course of four weeks have Tara turn into Gemma. [But] we will see her definitely make more Gemma-like choices. We’ll see her struggle with her own impulse and then the realization of what it is that she signed up for
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