Lynette Rice
July 18, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The last time SOA fans saw Jax (Charlie Hunnam), he was sitting in bloody hell: Tara had been killed by Gemma (Katey Sagal), Sheriff Roosevelt was shot by Juice (Theo Rossi), and DA Patterson (CCH Pounder) walked in to find a bereft Jax cradling his wife. But those tears don’t make him any less of a suspect, so the seventh (and final!) season picks up 10 days later with Jax sitting in the pokey, where he encounters a white supremacist (Marilyn Manson). And Tara’s offing isn’t the only unresolved crime from last year: There’s still the case of who supplied the gun to the boy who shot up that school, and the deaths of those Chinese dudes at the hands of the Irish. With all the loose ends left to tie up for SOA‘s final year, expect a few 90-minute episodes to air before the finale. ”Because we’re bringing it to a close, it’s going to provide a more high-octane season,” promises exec producer Paris Barclay. Does high-octane also mean high body count? ”The chickens are coming home to roost, and some chickens won’t make it. They’ll go to slaughter!”

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