This week's cover: Inside the violent FX drama 'Sons of Anarchy'

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In this week’s cover story, EW goes on the set of Sons of Anarchy, FX’s addictive drama that’s gone from a leather-clad family drama about an outlaw motorcycle club to a dark ­exploration of human brutality. The deaths are coming so fast and so furious this season the drama’s nearly 5 million fans have worked themselves into a frenzy trying to figure out which major character will meet their maker. Will Tig finally pay for killing Pope’s daughter? Is Clay going to get his just reward? Will Jax go down over the sins of his stepfather?

“The irony of the crown is you can’t necessarily sit at the head of that table and not become Clay,” series creator Kurt Sutter tells EW. “Although in Jax’s mind, he is the anti‑Clay. He’s doing everything for completely different reasons.  But the truth is, the behavior is still the same…when you’re outlaws who live by a code of violence, can you really step away from the violence?”

Sutter goes on to tease who may — or may not — bite the dust before the drama’s series finale in 2014.

Alongside our conversations with the drama’s stars about the extraordinary level of violence this year — one actor says Sutter is “walking a fine line” — the cover story also features revealing comments from Katey Sagal (Gemma) and Maggie Siff (Tara) about Charlie Hunnam’s high-profile role in 50 Shades of Grey. ‘

And we also rate the major deaths over the last six seasons! One skeleton means it’s almost palatable; five skeletons means it would even shock Quentin Tarantino.

in this issue

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