'Sons of Anarchy': Season 4 will be badass, and not just because of guest star Danny Trejo

FX’s Sons of Anarchy returns with its 90-minute season 4 premiere on Sept. 6, and if the new promo featuring Machete‘s Danny Trejo doesn’t get you revved up, we don’t know what will. Watch it below.

After 14 months in the slammer, our favorite gun-running motorcycle club is reunited on the outside. Jax (Charlie Hunnam) emerges with a deeper commitment to his family with Tara (Maggie Siff), while Clay (Ron Perlman) — struggling even more with the chronic arthritis in his hands — feels like his time as leader is running out. (If you can’t ride, you’re out of the MC.) Both want to bank big money. “What it does to Clay’s outlook on the club’s ability to become independent so that they’re not beholden to anybody or anything is rather ruthless,” Perlman tells EW. “There’s an insanity to it almost in terms of its urgency.” He’ll make a business decision that divides the club and paves the way for Trejo and The Shield’s Benito Martinez to recur as new allies starting in episode 2 — SAMCRO will supply guns to a Mexican drug cartel and mule cocaine.

The Perlman-Trejo pairing is definitely one to look forward to. After watching one of their scenes together, SOA creator Kurt Sutter told EW, “It’s like these two battle-weary generals talking about the fates of their soldiers, and both of them played it with this great gravitas. As well as being badass, Danny just brings weight to everything he does.” 

As you can tell from the promo, this season is emotionally intense and action-packed. “Usually, we have a couple of resting episodes,” Perlman says. “But it never stops. It just keeps on goin’. I read these scripts, and I’m goin’, ‘Holy s—, really? Really?’”

Expect some glorious violence, even if Sutter says poetically, “I’ve learned a little goes a long way. You can’t be cutting the balls off a clown every episode. I try to parcel it up in reasonable doses so people aren’t running screaming from their sofas.” You will definitely rewind the final moments of the season premiere. In episode 3, Sutter teases, “There’s a scene inspired by every bad cowboys and Indians movie I saw as a kid.” And episode 4, well, that’s a big road trip to Arizona, and “there’s a lot of s— blown up,” he promises.

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  • ks

    Love Danny Trejo!!! can’t wait for the new season.

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    • BJG

      I’m suprised that Trejo hasn’t been on the show before this. It’s a perfect match. Can’t wait!

  • Hannah

    F me, that looks awesome!

  • negatory

    great show, cast and writing.

  • Nomg

    I gave up entirely on this show when they filmed in my homeland of Northern Ireland. What appeared on the screen was the most unrealistic pile of garbage television has ever produced.

    • Jobless

      The Ireland stoyline was a low point for the series but they came back strong at the end of the season. I’m still excited about the show.

    • SHELLY

      The Ireland storyline was not the greatest. Never been to Ireland so I don’t know how realistic it was. However, if you can get past those episodes the ending of season 3 was awsome.

  • Cassie

    So excited for the upcoming season!! Maybe SoA will finally grace the cover of EW soon..

    • negatory

      not unless Tig goes “gay now” half way through the season.

      • bob

        good answer,lmao

      • Msmoonangel

        Hmmm? Wasn’t he a little on that side anyway? LOL I love Him! So many sides to him!!!!

  • Beauty

    It better be good! I think it fell of a lil with the whole going to Ireland and the baby being adopted bit. But that’s OK I can sit and watch Jax ALL DAY!

  • kev

    come on, whats with all the hate for season 3??? i admit it was the weakest so far but it was still brilliant, wel apart from the AWFUL irish accents, im even including the very talented titus welliver’s irish accent.
    and as for the season finale…… that blew me away. breaking bad and dexter get so much attention yet all they do is repeat themselves every year yet SOA doesnt even get recognised. IMO it is tied with fringe as the best show on TV
    superb and season 4 will be amazing… rockmund dunbar returns to our screens and what the hell was clay doing to gemma in the promo??? cant wait for this epic show to return in a week

  • Roger C.

    This show is starting to go down. It seems like they have run out of ideas. The last 2 seasons were a bit too intense.

    • Ted

      “Intense” is bad?

  • Merry Bear

    Please tell me you’re recapping this season, Mandi. That would make this show oh-so-much more fun. After Sutter overstepped last season, I hope this season concentrates more on the characters. Here’s hoping it doesn’t get too bogged down with explosions and car chases again.

  • Jen

    Can’t want for the new season!!

    • Jen

      Can’t wait, dah!

  • 75Heather

    OMG, I can’t wait!! Love Danny Trejo, love SOA.

  • Johnny

    Call me stupid if you want but I thought the Ireland storyline was pretty decent. Wasn’t that bad. I can feel your pain about you being from Ireland & it looked nothing like your homeland to you. I’m a submariner & a big lot of sub movies out there are nothing like it is in real life but there are a select few enjoyable ones even knowing that it’s unrealistic. You just gotta suspend disbelief & take the show or movie for what it is. Don’t give up on the show. Don’t give up on Sons.

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  • niko

    things went wrong at the end of season 2. Everything went downhill quick, that last season was 3 steps backward in the direction of the show

  • Stuart

    It’s about time Trejo was brought on board. Too bad they killed him off so soon on Breaking Bad.

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