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Sons of Anarchy season 6 wrapped up in December, and season 7 is slated to begin this fall on FX. What spoilers have been coming out about the upcoming season, including additions to the cast?
One of the biggest pieces of news is that Wendy (Drea de Matteo) is going to be a series regular for the seventh season. She’s Jax’s junkie ex-girlfriend, and mother to his baby. Although she’s had a recurring role, her elevation to a regular cast member should bring more screen time.
Jimmy Smits (Nero) will also be back, as will Peter Weller (Charles Barosky). Kim Dickens (Collette) may be back. CCH Pounder (Tyne Patterson) may be back to try to take down Jax.
The news comes after Tara died in the finale of season 6, suggesting that Wendy “will play a more hands-on role in the life of son Abel (and maybe Thomas, too?),” reported TVLine.
Other deaths can be expected in the final season, but show creator Kurt Sutter told Entertainment Weekly after Clay’s death that he doesn’t kill off characters, at least the main characters, easily.
“It would be difficult if I got rid of characters like Tig and Juice and Chibs, especially with Opie gone. They feel like family to people,” he said. “You have to be very careful not to be arbitrary in terms of who lives and who dies.”
The death of Tara, following Opie’s death, marks a major shift, Sutter told TVLine.
“I knew, ultimately, where I wanted to take Jax in [the] final season… I wanted to remove his ‘True North,’ because I feel like there needs to be this major psychic and emotional shift that has to happen,” he said. “What direction it will push him in we will see next season. But what happens to a guy like that now that he’s lost both of the people he loves the most, who were able to be his moral compass, with Opie and now Tara. It really is Jax completely untethered and on his own in the final season.”
The next season will pick up from the finale, Sutter said.
“I don’t want to lose the weight of what’s happened [in the finale],” he said. “There may be a little bit of time [passed] like we had this season, which will be a few weeks… But there won’t be a vast amount of time.”