According to an interview with Kurt Sutter, the pilot episode was entirely shot with actor Scott Glenn in the role of Clay Morrow. After deciding to go in a different direction with the character, the role was re-cast with Ron Perlman and Clay's scenes were re-shot. Also, in the pilot there is still a scene where you can spot Scott Glenn as Clay, after they blow up the warehouse at the end of the episode there is a shot of the Sons running away from the explosion. Scott Glenn can be seen in the foreground and you can also see Emilio Rivera in the group as he was originally cast as a member of SAMCRO but then re-cast as the leader of their rival gang; The Mayans.
Many of the shots in the first season were shot around the SoCal town of Tujunga with some specifically being shot at the local high school Verdugo Hills High.
'Katey Segal' (Gemma) is the real life partner of show creator Kurt Sutter, since October 2004.
The phone tapping device used by the Federal agents in season 2 is in actuality Pro-Tools software running off a laptop and connected to an M-Box interface. In real life it's used for audio recording and editing, not wire tapping.
Katey Sagal's (Gemma) son in real life is named Jackson. Her character Gemma is mother to Jackson 'Jax'.
Kurt Sutter, the show's creator, plays Otto, the Sons of Anarchy member in prison.
Tig's fear of dolls is called Pediophobia. Creator Kurt Sutter suffers from it in real life.
In 2012, while being interviewed by Terry Gross on the NPR program "Fresh Air," Katey Sagal said that at least one song performed by her has been included in every season of "Sons of Anarchy."
The show takes place in the town of Charming, which has a population of 14,679.
The main character Jax is partially based on specific aspects of Edward Winterhalder's life as portrayed in his first book "Out in Bad Standings".
The music at the end of the episode is an instrumental version of 'Creedance Clearwater Revival''s Fortunate Son.
During the final scene of "John the Revelator", Jax wakes up at the cemetery sleeping in front of a mausoleum with the name "PATMOS" on it. Patmos is an island of southeast Greece in the Dodecanese Islands of the Aegean Sea. Saint John was exiled to the island c. a.d. 95 and according to tradition wrote the Book of Revelation here. Jax's Dad's name is John Thomas "J.T." Teller and wrote the manuscript about the Sons of Anarchy and how he felt they lost their way. Hence having his own Revelation.
At the very end of the episode Jax is standing in front of John Teller's grave. When the camera starts to pan back away from Jax all the names on the other headstones repeats. Every row the names shift over one column for multiple rows.
The Canadian heavy metal band Anvil recorded a version of The Who's "Slip Kid" with vocalist Franky Perez that was played during this show. The song was recorded in 2009 and was released on "Sons Of Anarchy: North Country" a five-song EP featuring music from the show. Slightly more interesting is that Anvil band mates Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner make a cameo appearance in the same episode. Steve and Robb appear with Opie, Tig and another SOA lugging duffel bags of A.K.s to the van from Opie's place. Their non-speaking cameo is uncredited and happens during the 34th minute of the TV broadcast (with commercials).
When Jax leads Luann into the empty warehouse to show her space the club plans to allow her to run her porn business as a way to pay back the club's debt, she's clearly frightened, thinking that she will be "offed" Jax indignantly asks "Did you think I was going to Adrianna you?", a reference to The Sopranos episode "Long Term Parking" where Adriana LaCerva is executed by Silvio Dante. Adriana La Cerva was played by Drea De Matteo, who is Jax's ex-wife Wendy on this show.
Luanne is producing a Mad Men parody porn called Meek Men. A woman in vintage lingerie spanks a man in a suit with a shoe, calling him Mr. Draper. Maggie Siff, who plays Tara, starred in the first season of Mad Men as a love interest to Don Draper.
Series creator, Kurt Sutter, plays Otto on the show and is also married to Katey Sagal, who plays Gemma in the series.
Author Stephen King cameos as "Bachman", the cleanup expert. King sometimes writes under the pen name Richard Bachman, including 2 novels that have been adapted to feature films: The Running Man and Thinner. King was offered the cameo by show creator Kurt Sutter, and later said in an interview, "Ordinarily I would say no but he said he'd put me on a Harley, so here I am." Sutter also assured King that his character would be doing something "suitably nasty."
When Agent Stahl is giving her statement the other agent appears to be writing backwards across the page.
The sheriff of Charming is called Unser and is seen to be under the control of the club. In German "Unser" mean "ours".
The title of this episode is a quotation from "Hamlet". It is spoken by the Ghost: "I am thy father's spirit/Doomed for a certain time to walk the night/And for the day confin'd to fast in fires/Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature/Are burnt and purg'd away".
Goggins' character on The Shield, Shane, used to go by the name of Cletus Van Damme.
Explaining how his cameo happened, Walton Goggins said that he read an interview where creator Kurt Sutter explained why Michael Chiklis and Goggins hadn't guest starred on the show like many actors from The Shield. Sutter explanation was that their characters were too associated with the actors and audience would think about Vic and Shane seeing Chiklis and Goggins. Goggis then called Sutter and, to prove him wrong, he suggested playing a transgender on Sons of Anarchy.