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'Sons of Anarchy' gets biggest audience ever for final season premiere

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FX’s murderous biker club is going out on top: Sons of Anarchy returned for its seventh and final season Tuesday night and posted the biggest audience delivery in the show’s history.

The 90-minute opener debuted to 6.2 million viewers at 10 p.m. and a whopping 3.2 rating among adults 18-49. That’s up 5 percent from last year’s premiere. Moreover, Sons beats every show on cable and broadcast (especially Fox’s Utopia).

If Sons continues to pull these kind of numbers — and you know they’ll climb even higher for the series finale — the drama will likely win this slot throughout the fall, and even give broadcast’s Tuesday lineup some very steep competition once that gets underway in the next few weeks.

Read our recap of the season premiere, postmortem with exec producers Kurt Sutter and Paris Barclay, and breakdown of the end montage with composer/music supervisor Bob Thiele.

'Sons of Anarchy' premiere: Kurt Sutter, Paris Barclay talk twists

This post contains plot details of “Black Widower,” the Sons of Anarchy season 7 premiere that aired on Sept. 9. Read our full recap.

Sons of Anarchy‘s final season got off to a bloody start as Jax took revenge on the Lin Triad member Gemma claimed she saw leaving his house the night Tara was killed. Below, creator Kurt Sutter, who wrote the episode, takes EW inside the turns, and executive producer Paris Barclay, who directed the premiere, tells us about shooting that final scene—and shares two photos from the set. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Your One-Minute Refresher

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Sons of Anarchy returns for its final season tonight (10 p.m. ET on FX), and if you only have 60 seconds to be reminded of where the drama left off, watch the video below.  READ FULL STORY

Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Scandal,' 'Hawaii Five-0' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

Will Peralta and Santiago get together on Brooklyn Nine-Nine? — Constance
It won’t be long before Jake returns to the 9-9, but he’ll be a little busy taking down mobsters to focus on his love life. Of course, the big elephant in the room is addressed, but you’ll be surprised by what route Paralta takes once he’s back on the squad. However, the real shocker is how Gina handles what happened with Boyle in the finale.

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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Revenge,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Vampire Diaries' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

Got anything on Revenge? — Ciara
You may be asking yourself why Jack suddenly becomes friends with a cop (Client List’s Brian Hallisay) after finding himself on the wrong side of the law last season. That’s easy: Jack is actually putting on a badge. However, despite his new position, Charlotte has been unable to forgive him for his part in her kidnapping, which will put them at odds at the annual Memorial Day party. (Oh yes, the party is still happening, it’s just being hosted by someone else while Victoria is in the loony bin.) READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' trailer asks if Jax does bad things (Spoiler: Yes)

When Kurt Sutter told EW how many club members will die in Sons of Anarchy‘s final season, which premieres Sept. 9, the number may have seemed low. But a new trailer debuted today on People.com proves that there will definitely be plenty of other targets. “Lot of people gettin’ killed, mama,” Nero tells Gemma. Watch it below to see the bullets fly, as well as to get a first look at the new sheriff in town—Annabeth Gish’s Althea Jarry. READ FULL STORY

New 'Sons of Anarchy' photos are appropriately unsettling

Two weeks from today, Sons of Anarchy‘s final ride begins. We’ve already seen a shot of Charlie Hunnam and Marilyn Manson in the Sept. 9 season premiere; now FX has released more images. Above, a not-at-all awkward shot of Jax (Hunnam) with Gemma (Katey Sagal), the mother he doesn’t know killed his wife, and Wendy (Drea de Matteo), his ex who checks herself out of rehab early and wants to help out with the boys. READ FULL STORY

Kurt Sutter reveals how many 'Sons of Anarchy' club members will die

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.  READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' gets official book -- and series finale air date

With the final season of Sons of Anarchy set to begin in three weeks, it’s never too early to start thinking about the end. Fans can now pre-order the official behind-the-scenes companion book, Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition, which will be released the day after the series finale. FX confirms that the series finale will air Tuesday, Dec. 9. Mark your calendars.

Creator Kurt Sutter wrote a special introduction for the 208-page hardcover book, which will cover all seven seasons of the FX drama and the series finale with photographs, cast interviews, and the stories behind how the show was crafted—right down to the music, props, costumes, makeup, prosthetics, and tattoos. The old ladies and rival gangs will also get their due. Plus, in case fans haven’t mastered biker lingo by this point (do not call it a vest), there’ll be a glossary and a guide to the bikes.

A Sons of Anarchy DVD and Blu-ray Collector’s Set has also been announced. The final season premieres Sept. 9 on FX.

This post has been updated to reflect that the series finale is Dec. 9. A new episode will not air the week of Thanksgiving. EW regrets the error.

Watch the 'Sons of Anarchy' final season trailer (with actual footage)

After a round of ominous 20-second teasers, FX has released the first trailer for Sons of Anarchy’s final season with actual footage. “The desire for revenge is a part of grieving,” DA Patterson tells Jax. “In my world, violent desires will never become real. In yours, it’s a very likely outcome.” Watch it below:  READ FULL STORY

See the 'Sons of Anarchy' final season poster that will haunt you

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FX has released a poster for Sons of Anarchy‘s final season, and it alters one of the show’s iconic images—Jax’s back tattoo. Click on the magnifying glass to see the full shot.

At Comic-Con, creator Kurt Sutter said, “This season will be the most proactive for Jax. He’s driven, with a singular purpose. Rather than being a reactor to chaos, he will be the inciter. It’s almost like writing a brand new character.” So how to interpret the art: Does Jax’s determination to avenge Tara’s death turn the club into one collective Reaper? Will his personal pain ultimately lead to the death of his brothers and his club? Will three club members die—one for each eye and nose, which you could easily imagine as large bullet holes?

If you missed the results of our final season death watch polls, here’s how roughly 30,000 fans predicted 15 characters’ fates: READ FULL STORY

Watch Charlie Hunnam greet 'Sons of Anarchy' fans in Comic-Con video

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When Charlie Hunnam couldn’t make it to Sunday’s emotional Sons of Anarchy panel at Comic-Con, the actor knew he had to make it up to the fans. After all, this was the show’s last visit to Hall H.

Now, everyone can see the video Hunnam scripted himself to fill the void his absence left behind. SOA executive producer Paris Barclay, who directed the short, told the crowd it was his all-time favorite scene to shoot because the guys—including castmates Tommy Flanagan, Mark Boone Junior, and Kim Coates—had so much fun making it. READ FULL STORY

Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons of Anarchy' (Updated)

UPDATE: Michele will appear in the coming season of Sons of Anarchy‘s sixth episode, which will air Oct 14.

From the Broadway stage to … a truck stop? That seems to be the way things are headed for Glee star Lea Michele, and she seems excited about it.

Michele recently took to Twitter to announce that she is going to appear on an episode of her favorite show, Sons of Anarchy. Sons is heading into its final season, and based on all of the “Fear the Reaper” promos, there’s no telling why Michele is only sticking around for one episode.

EW has confirmed that Michele will play Gertie, “an empathetic truck-stop waitress and single mother, who connects with Gemma (Katey Sagal) during a difficult time.”

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