As the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con started coming to an end, the cast and crew of "Sons of Anarchy' were welcomed to Hall H for an extremely short panel before the "Buffy" musical took over. And to start things off, the first few minutes of the fourth season premiere were shown.
In the clip, Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) and the rest of SAMCRO mark time before the end of their 14 month stint in jail, as Tara (Maggie Siff) takes care of both of Jax's sons. In the end, SAMCRO rides away as free men once again and they flip off their home of the last year as they speed off.
Maureen Ryan of AOL TV moderated the panel, with series stars Hunnam, Perlman, Katey Sagal and creator Kurt Sutter. The panelists noted that Jax and Clay will be on good terms when the season starts, but that relationship may deteriorate once again later in the season. Clay's arthritic hands will be even more pronounced after his prison stint, leading one fan to ask if Jax would be the new President of SAMCRO. Perlman joked that it wouldn't happen if he could help it, before admitting that he has no say in it.
Hunnam indicated that Jax's focus would be on his family over his club, noting that Tara has now given birth to his second son and he wants to be a better father for his children. He also noted that he researched prisons to get a better idea of Jax's headspace. He found from talking with prisoners that most of their time is spent reflecting on what they want to do when they get out. For Jax, that experience helped shape his new perspective.
Sutter noted that Danny Trejo will play a Mexican cartel member who is aligned with the club while Rockmond Dunbar will portray the new sheriff of Charming, who does not have a close relationship to SAMCRO. But Sutter added that SAMCRO's worst enemy is often SAMCRO itself, hinting at more divisions within the motorcycle club.
During a separate interview with AOL TV, Hunnam was asked if John Teller's letters from the Belfast arc will play a role in the new season. The letters in question implied that Gemma and Clay murdered John's father to take control of the club. Hunnam confirmed that the letters will be important going forward and added "It's a continuation of Hamlet's ghost. It's John Teller reaching out from the grave."
"Sons of Anarchy" will return in September on FX.