In the Sept. 9 premiere of Sons of Anarchy‘s final season, a vengeful Jax (Charlie Hunnam) tells his brothers, “For me to move forward with all the things we now have to do, I need to know this table has no doubts, no mistrust, that every single one of you would kill or die for the man next to him.” With FX’s marketing campaign centered on Jax morphing into the Reaper, fans anticipate a high body count on the first front by season seven’s end (and they would be right).
But creator Kurt Sutter’s tally on the latter might be surprising: “Two club members will be dead,” he tells EW. “I don’t think there’ll be more than that.”
Before Comic-Con last month, EW asked readers to predict the fate of 15 characters. (Remember, there’s a large number of non-members fans are invested in: Gemma, Unser, Wendy, Nero, Lyla, Chucky, and even Marcus Alvarez and Henry Lin, who’ve been recurring since season one.) If Juice (Theo Rossi) is still considered a member, he topped fans’ hit list with 86 percent guessing he’ll meet Mr. Mayhem at some point. Rat (Niko Nicotera) and Tig (Kim Coates) were the next best bets, with about 64 percent and 63 percent believing they’d eventually be buried in their cuts, respectively. The club members viewed as safest—which could prove more unsettling—were Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) and Chibs (Tommy Flanagan).
With the new intel from Sutter, who starts writing episode nine of the final 13 today, it’s time for a recount.