The Sons of Anarchy Season 3 premiere has been months in the making. Tonight’s Sons of Anarchy Season 3 premiere brings SAMCRO back on the road, as Sons of Anarchy Season 3 starts revving its engines. However, now that the motorcycle gang drama has become one of cable’s biggest hits, it now has to stay on top. After having a breakout year in 2009, the bar has been set fairly high for this next chapter. Yet given what the Sons of Anarchy Season 3 premiere is said to set up, it appears the show may be getting even riskier.
Warning: Spoilers follow
Last year, FX got some of its biggest ratings ever, as the Sons had one of the most noteworthy TV seasons of 2009. The outlaw motorcycle gang was being torn apart by power struggles between aging leader Clay and upstart apprentice Jax. In addition, a powerful white separatist was threatening their place in their home town of Charming — and had hit them where it hurt the most.
Heading into the Sons of Anarchy Season 3 premiere, arch-villain Ethan Zobelle has slipped away from the club’s grasp. However, SAMCRO matriarch Gemma killed his daughter in retaliation for her brutal rape to start things off. But that only started a chain of events that got Jax’s baby son kidnapped by a member of the IRA.
As Sons of Anarchy Season 3 begins, Jax and Clay are left scrambling for a way to get the baby back, although the club is dependent on the IRA buying their guns. This quest will take them out of Charming and into Belfast for an extended part of the year. Meanwhile, Gemma has to leave Charming as well, where she reconnects with her father, played by special guest star Hal Holbrook.
It is unlikely that the Sons of Anarchy Season 3 premiere will have the kind of game-changing twist last year’s opener had, with the rape of Gemma. But audiences know by now that nothing is off the table on the show. However, the success of Season 2 leaves a lot for this new chapter to live up to, especially with the risks it appears to take.
By taking the club out of Charming, and separating them across an ocean, the show is taking a calculated gamble. In the first review of the season, Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker had concerns with how the show pulls its gang apart, yet still strains to keep everyone involved.
Still, anticipation for the Sons of Anarchy Season 3 premiere is still high, given the show’s track record and momentum. SAMCRO may be divided now, but it can’t be any worse than how they were divided internally last year. Yet without an external threat like Zobelle and the IRA to deal with, how long can they hold up?
Sons of Anarchy Season 3 will begin to answer those questions tonight at 10 p.m. est on FX.
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