by Rob Boylan
This is a bit of a tricky, hard to control contest that Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is doing for the season 6 premier, but the reward is pretty sweet for one lucky winner.
If we increase our SONS OF ANARCHY season 6 premier numbers by any percentage in the key demos, myself and some unwilling cast member will show up in your home town and take over your favorite bar, club or theatre and watch a season 6 Son's episode with you, your friends and your highly dysfunctional family ... The winner will be chosen at random from social media. Anyone following my Twitter @sutterink or my Sutterink [Facebook] page will be eligible.
Key demographic meaning affluent 18-34 year olds with money (or credit) to burn. So basically, if you sign up to follow Sutter's odd, mad rants on social media and millions of other people watch the show you have a very small chance of winning something pretty cool but the odds are so slim that you should actually consider watching the show as your reward.
But the way season 5 left off, it's a pretty good reward unless you're one of those unreasonable people who think the show has jumped the shark and lost its touch because Jax wears white Nikes.
The show has jumped the shark, and it got a lot better for that. It picked up a rolling momentum that season 2-4 didn't have, and there are plenty of loose ends from season 5 to clear up before even moving onto the new big bad of the season, Peter Weller (Robocop) who joins the cast as a hardass port boss to butt heads with Jax.
Sutter and his writing staff have created a few parallel threads to delve into on top of all of the Hamlet and Macbeth:
-Clay and Tara are both headed off to jail, for murder and accessory to murder, respectively. Clay, of course, has the will, means and sense to survive in jail, but what will Tara do? Something tells me she'll have a little bit of a tougher time than Piper Chapman and the bloody tampon McMuffin. Clay and Lee Toric seem to take up a mutually beneficial relationship, but as it's Tara that Toric wants as much as the club who does she have to turn to? As for Clay, I'd be shocked if they actually killed him off, but that doesn't mean it won't happen -- it has happened with other major characters before.
-As Sutter has pointed out, the relationship between Gemma and Nero seemed to get a lot more comfortable once he stopped dipping his toe in the water and went full time ganglord. Like Clay, that's a personality that she's accustomed to and knows how to deal with (and probably manipulate at some point). Is she trying to fill Clay's shoes with Nero or is Nero the real deal? Also, it's a relationship that Jax seemed to have some problems with last year, but even though he calmed down by the end of the season, will he ever really accept Nero as a replacement for the father figures that he has either lost or willfully shed?
-And what does that mean for Nero if he does? All of the fatherly types in Jax's life have met an ill fate: JT and Piney were both murdered by Clay. Clay betrayed the club many times over, killing JT, Piney, McGee and and Opie and his wife, which led to Jax's circuitous plot to see Clay murdered that wrapped up season 5. Bobby is the latest to fall, after a failed challenge to Jax's presidency which ended with him giving up his VP patch.
Run, Nero, run!
The 90 minute premiere of Sons of Anarchy season 6 premiers on FX at 10pm on Tuesday, September 10th.