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SonsofAnarchy“Sons of Anarchy” season 6 episode 1 will premiere tonight at 10 p.m. ET on FX. On FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Jax Teller’s road to hell has always been paved with good intentions. That will be especially true in Season 6.

“Jax is trying to balance being a good father, a good husband and a good leader of an outlaw organization — therein lies the tragic flaws of this guy,” creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter tells TVGuide.com. “He’s got this sense of, ‘I can unplug us from all the bad sh–. Let’s go legit — let’s head in that direction because that’s going to keep us alive.’ As the season progresses, the question is: How do you unplug if people perceive you as the source of power? And is it too late? Are things set in motion in such a way where it just can’t be done? That’s really the quest for him this season.”

One of the most satisfying things about old-fashioned storytelling — basically from the campfire until the current postmodern age – was the way that stories embraced cause and effect. If a character did evil, he or she paid for it somehow. If a character did good, there would be a reward, either physical or psychological.

Things didn’t always turn out just how perfect karma would dictate they would, but there was a sense that characters could never entirely escape the consequences of their actions.For five seasons now, the outlaw motorcycle club of FX’s drama “Sons of Anarchy” — returning for its sixth and penultimate season on Tuesday, Sept. 10 — has smuggled guns, sold drugs, murdered and been murdered, and dealt in both prostitution and pornography.

There have been major and minor consequences along the way, but this year, a horrific event beyond the club’s direct control threatens the very underpinnings of its existence.

“It will continue to play out,” series creator Kurt Sutter tells Zap2it “and ultimately, I believe, be this straw on the camel’s back for what happens with Jax and everything and his path.