Before it kicks off this fall, the seventh and final season of "Sons of Anarchy" was previewed by series creator Kurt Sutter and the cast at the TCA summer press tour in Beverly Hills. During the event on Monday, July 21, writer/executive producer Sutter said the road to the end had not yet been entirely mapped.
"Considering I'm a week-and-a-half behind writing episode 7, it could all change," he told reporters. "I've always had a sense of where I wanted it to go, and I come in each season with a blueprint with the big arcs and mile markers. And I've learned over seven seasons the looser I grip that idea the better the seasons are."
He continued, "And this season isn't any different. I came in with how I wanted the season to end ... but things change. It's always been heading in the same direction, but the way I'm getting there continues to change."
Saying that he didn't want the upcoming season to "feel different" because it's the final season, he explained, "I really want it to feel like another season from 'Sons', only that when we're done there's probably not a whole lot more story to tell." He also told fans not to expect the return of dead characters because "we don't really do flashbacks."
As for what to be seen in the upcoming season, Sutter revealed Jax's goal for most of the season is to avenge Tara's death. "Jax is in a very schizophrenic state," star Charlie Hunnam added about his character. "He's obviously very sad and vulnerable and kind of broken, but there's a huge amount of vengeance and anger in his heart ... He knows what he wants to do, and that's where all his energy is going. He can't get away from the fact that the love of his life has been taken from him."
Of Jax's relationship with his mother Gemma, Hunnam said it's "similar, if not better than ever" considering he hasn't found out that she killed Tara. During the panel, a sneak peek from the season premiere played before the audience showed Jax telling Gemma how much he loves her.
Katey Sagal admitted that her character's "somewhat duplicitous." She explained, "It's not even somewhat. What's coming out of her mouth and what's going on in her head are two different things. She's made adjustments to the situation based on her basic instinct, which is to survive and keep her family together. She is still all about that."
On the bright side, Hunnam teased, "There's a very exciting romance" for Tig. He coyly added, "I don't want to tell you anything about it. Tig's getting it this year."
Sutter additionally addressed the possible "Sons" prequel which is still under discussion, saying he would do a 10-episode miniseries. "If I do the prequel, it will probably be a one-off," he said. "I don't think it's a full blown five-season series."
"Sons of Anarchy" seventh and final season will debut with an extended episode September 9 starting at 10 P.M. ET/PT on FX.