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"Sons of Anarchy" Sovereign (2012)

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Original Air Date:
11 September 2012 (Season 5, Episode 1)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Paris Barclay 
Writing credits
Kurt Sutter (created by)

Kurt Sutter (written by)

Roberto Patino (staff writer)

Produced by
Paris Barclay .... executive producer
Chris Collins .... co-executive producer
Regina Corrado .... supervising producer
Mike Daniels .... producer
Derek E. Johansen .... co-producer (as Derek Johansen)
Art Linson .... executive producer
John Linson .... executive producer
Kem Nunn .... supervising producer
Jon Paré .... producer
Liz Sagal .... producer
Kurt Sutter .... executive producer
Grace Whitehouse .... associate producer
Craig Yahata .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bob Thiele Jr.  (as Bob Thiele)
Cinematography by
Paul Maibaum (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Paul Fontaine 
Casting by
Wendy O'Brien  (as Wendy O'Brien-Cabrera)
Production Design by
Anthony Medina 
Set Decoration by
Christopher Marsteller  (as Chris Marsteller)
Costume Design by
Kelli Jones 
Makeup Department
David Abbott .... makeup artist
Tracey Anderson .... makeup department head
Lee Gren .... graphic designer specialty tattoos: Tinsley Studio
Teressa Hill .... hair department head
Pam Lljubo .... makeup artist
Vivian Maxwell .... makeup artist
Sabine Roller .... makeup: Katey Sagal
Tyler Ely .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Michelle Garbin .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Derek E. Johansen .... unit production manager (as Derek Johansen)
Judd Rea .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Diane Calhoun .... second assistant director
James Epstein .... second second assistant director
Ivan Kraljevic .... second assistant director
Milos Milicevic .... first assistant director
Eric Norris .... second unit director
Lisa Zugschwerdt .... second second assistant director
Gina Triola .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Gene Bowen .... general foreman: construction
Tim Burriss .... on-set dresser
Star Fields .... construction coordinator
Trevor Larkin .... set dresser
Thomas Moffitt .... paint foreman/sign writer
Bryan Rodgers .... property master
Mark Sylbert .... assistant art director
Isabelle Trichard .... set decoration coordinator (uncredited)
Cathy Zukimoto .... construction assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Josh Bower .... boom operator
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Erich Gann .... supervising sound editor
Brett Grant-Grierson .... production sound mixer
Brian Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Kalifa .... sound recordist
Sherry Klein .... sound re-recording mixer
Tanya Peel .... utility sound
David Torres .... foley mixer
Justin Scott Wilson .... music & effects sound mixer
Special Effects by
Gary D'Amico .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
David Carriker .... visual effects supervisor
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunts
Terrence Julien .... stunt performer
Tom McComas .... stunt double: Charlie Hunnam
Eric Norris .... stunt coordinator
LaDell Preston .... stunt double
Bobby Waldron .... stunts
Tammie Baird .... stunt double: Katey Sagal (uncredited)
Tanner Gill .... stunts (uncredited)
Jason Gray .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Toby Holguin .... stunt double: Mark Boone Jr (uncredited)
Gary Hymes .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Monte Rex Perlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Kara Petersen .... stunt double: Rachel Miner (uncredited)
Víctor Quintero .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin Reid .... stunt double: Charlie Hunnam (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Anderson .... gaffer
Mike Cahoon .... second assistant camera
Mike Cahoon .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Blake Collins .... digital loader
Spencer Combs .... camera operator: "a" camera
Prashant Gupta .... still photographer
Frank Orozco .... best boy grip
Jeff Pelton .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ron Peterson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
James Reid .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bobby Thomas .... key grip
Roger Wall .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Casting Department
Chris Gehrt .... casting associate
Elana Staehli .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe Diaz .... on-set costumer
Philip Hayman .... costume supervisor
Alison Uhlfelder .... costume pa
Editorial Department
Devin Barker .... dailies operator
Kristy Reed .... post-production coordinator
Rosanne Tan .... assistant editor
Music Department
Steve Hopkins .... composer: additional music
Steve Hopkins .... producer: additional music
Dave Kushner .... composer: main title song
Michelle Kuznetsky .... music supervisor (as Michelle Silverman)
Curtis Stigers .... composer: main title song
Charles Sydnor .... music editor
Bob Thiele Jr. .... composer: main title song (as Bob Thiele)
Bob Thiele Jr. .... music supervisor (as Bob Thiele)
Transportation Department
Ronald Augustus .... driver generator operator
Ronald Augustus .... production van driver operator
Chris Gorden .... picture car/bike captain
Joey Soriano .... transportation coordinator
Gale Webster .... transportation captain
Other crew
John Barcheski .... writers assistant
Brian C. Bennett .... executive assistant: Linsons
Gena Bravos .... script supervisor
Dan Cooley .... location manager
Katie Curtright .... assistant: K. Sutter
Alex Eldridge .... production assistant
Ahmet Elez .... assistant: J. Paré
Eric Fierstein .... location manager
Evan Jaroslow .... production assistant
Robert Leader .... set production assistant (as Rob Leader)
Robert Leader .... set production assistant (as Robert Arthur Leader II)
Jono Matt .... assistant: P. Barclay
Matt McKinnon .... set production assistant
Donna Nitti .... production coordinator
Gladys Rodriguez .... script coordinator
Christi Sotomayor .... assistant production coordinator
Mallory Squeo .... set production assistant
Tyler Dinucci .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dave Kasubowski .... key craft service (uncredited)
Joe Zimmerman .... stand-in: Mr. Smits (uncredited)
Xavier Collin .... thanks

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kurt Sutter  creator

Makeup Department
Cool Benson .... makeup artist
Elizabeth Hoel-Chang .... key makeup artist (as Elizabeth Hoel)
Rick Stratton .... tattoo artist (2008)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jessica Faires .... dga trainee
Art Department
Kama Hayes .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
William Jacobs .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios
Michael D. Leone .... visual effects supervisor
Joe Ordaz .... stuntman
Jeff Podgurski .... stunt double (2008)
Samuel Reynolds .... stunt double
Richard C. Taylor .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Darrick Akey .... second assistant camera (2008)
Thomas Bango .... first assistant camera (2008)
Mike Cahoon .... second assistant camera (2008)
Patriq Luo .... electrician
Dara Norman .... lighting technician
Steve Peterson .... first assistant camera (2008)
Bruce Sharp .... rigging gaffer
Shawn Stone .... dolly grip (2008)
Other crew
Toby Burge .... production assistant
Joy Ellison .... dialect coach
Christian Krieger .... key assistant location manager
Benji Smith .... production assistant
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

58 min
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Nero looks at the card Gemma handed him, the name written in cursive reads "Genna."See more »
Jackson 'Jax' Teller:I'm gonna turn into Clay.
Harry 'Opie' Winston:[Intensely] I'm more afraid that I'm gonna turn into *you*.
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5 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Sons of Anarchy Sovereign, 12 September 2012
Author: dalydj-918-255175 from Ireland

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The premiere starts with a very bad voice-over by Jax talking about life with shots of Tara in a bath, Gemma having a sex and more things which leads to the gang back on the road. The gang gets into a shoot out which involves a burning van. Gemma wakes up from the night and finds out she slept with Nero Padilla (Jimmy Smits) with a gun to him, she has gone to rock bottom sleeping with this pimp and being called a crack head MILF. Gemma then goes to visit Nero at his workplace and it seems like the chemistry is right there with them. Jax seems to fitting in well to the role as leader but as Opie says he could become Clay anytime soon. Gemma and Clay had a good scene with Gemma finally being able to let go of him who has been horrible to her for years. Jax in that short scene showed me sign's of Clay as he treats the feds not to get rid of him. Bobby in back and Juice is still working for the police who are really very bad at finding out anything. Clay has to carry a tank around with him because of what has happened to him and it sort of makes the fact he lived bearable. Finally clay admits to the sons about killing Opie's father and it seems the club are shocked. Gemma once again comes with problems this time about her grand children with yet another look of disgust from Gemma towards Clay, then she gets a call from Nero making the thought of a romance between the two possible. I guess with this person shot it's another good thing for the sons who have had a lot of bad things happen to them lately. I think Ron Perlman could be doing some of his best work on the show as he seems to be doing his natural work better then ever. When Tig is taken to see his daughter get burnt to death it was horrible to see someone loose a child like that. With the police putting out these arrest warrants it can only bed a bad thing for the Sons and now with Tig's dead daughter he can be nothing but super angry, hopefully his other daughter can stay alive. With Jaz on the run Tara is going to be one unhappy woman especially with Gemma down her back about her children. This was a nice return for me with Sagal and Smits being the standouts in limited screen time with Hunnam and Perlman also good.


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