Mandi Bierly
July 16, 2012 AT 10:57 PM EDT

Sons of Anarchy fans at Comic-Con got a taste of the explosive season 5 premiere (watch a clip), and now comes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the season, which premieres in September. In the “Before the Anarchy” featurette below, Ryan Hurst reveals Opie may be looking for a way to kick Jax (Charlie Hunnam) out of the club to give his friend the life he knows Jax had wanted with Tara (Maggie Siff) and his boys. We also get glimpses of Jimmy Smits, Harold Perrineau, and guest star Ashley Tisdale in action. (Takeaway: Perrineau’s Damon Pope has the nicest office we’ve ever seen on the show.)

Perhaps the most fun though is hearing Rockmond Dunbar (Sheriff Eli Roosevelt) sell the season — “Of course, people are gonna die, because that’s what we do on this show. We kill motherf—ers, dead” — and watching Humman bust Theo Rossi’s (Juice) balls for wanting to be a part of “Before the Anarchy.”

Read more:

‘Sons of Anarchy’: Creator talks possible prequel, and teases new season

‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 5: Intel from Kurt Sutter, plus promo puts Jax on collision course

Emmy Watch: Katey Sagal talks ‘Hands’ (and Kurt Sutter’s decision to stay silent during Emmy season)

Emmy Watch: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ EP Paris Barclay talks setting up a season right

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