How long will it be before Jax realizes the truth about Gemma’s involvement in Tara’s murder on Sons of Anarchy? — Chris
Don’t expect it to happen any time soon. “Gemma is trying to juggle that lie, deal with the remorse and the guilt of that lie… and I just felt like that tension is really great,” creator Kurt Sutter says of dragging out the reveal. “If and when Jax gets that information about Gemma, there’s not a lot of things that can happen other than his reaction, the heartbreak of that and what does he do in that moment. There’s not a lot of room for anything else after that.” Still, Gemma will get a jolt when she realizes that Unser is investigating Tara’s murder.
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“More violence and a lot more blood and some earth-shattering events.”
“We’re coming up to the end of the show. Kurt always had a clear idea of the story he wanted to tell. He had paced himself and allowed himself seven seasons to tell that story,” Hunnam told us. “We’re in the sixth season now and in the third act of this epic story he’s been telling; traditionally in the third act of a story, particularly a violent story, is when people start to die and when things really start to happen.”
And yes, fans can expect to see at least a few major deaths go down by season’s end, with Hunnam teasing, “I think unfortunately we’re going to lose a couple of cast members this year, but obviously we can’t say who!” Coates playfully added, “Lips are sealed, lips are sealed!”
Things aren’t looking good for Smits’ character Nero on the show as he’s currently in jail and we’re not feeling any better about his situation after hearing the actor’s preview for the rest of the season: “It’s just going to keep on getting grittier and Kurt’s world, it’s about family and clutching to what family’s about on so many levels,” he explained, “but it’s also about comeuppance in a lot of ways and a lot of peeps are getting their comeuppance. It’s extreme.”
Question: What’s up with Sons of Anarchy? —Robert
Ausiello: Jax won’t be making any conjugal visits to his jailhouse bride when Sons of Anarchy kicks off its sixth season on Sept. 10. In fact, he won’t be visiting Tara, period (although it won’t be for lack of trying on his part). When the unhappy couple do eventually come face-to-face, expect “a deep sense of sadness on both their parts,” shares series creator Kurt Sutter, who describes the reunion as “loving but very sad.” As the SOA boss notes, “They’ve been through so much already, and how many more times can you say, ‘I’m sorry?’ How many more times can you say, ‘It’s going to get better?’ How many more times can you say, ‘It’ll change?’ It’s almost like there’s a certain amount of resignation that they both are aware of.”
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Zap2it: In his rise to power within the club, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) has become a great example of how corrupting absolute power can be in a person. Going into Season 6, where is his story heading?
Kurt Sutter: I think it’s somewhat on that trajectory. There’s a scene in episode 2 with Tara, where Jax talks about how the death of Opie is what’s driving him and ultimately it’s hard for him to step away now, because if he does, he sees that Opie’s death was in vain.
Opie set himself up, knowing where it was all going to a certain extent. And him sacrificing himself for the club, for Jax to walk away would be dishonoring his memory. That’s what I’m talking about when I say the ghost of Opie is living in Jax, in at least the first half of the season, and is sort of motivating him to … not necessarily go rogue, but perhaps pushing him down this path where he may be leaping before he looks.
After reading this I am both intrigued and afraid of what this supposed scene entails. Leave it to Kurt to both excite me and terrify all in one fell swoop.
“I’ve wanted to do that story for about three years,” Sutter told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall previews Friday. “I knew it would be somewhat controversial, but I feel like as much as I wouldn’t do something [just] because it was controversial, I’m also not going to do something because it is controversial. … There’s a lot of blood and guts in my show — it’s a signature of the show. But I feel like nothing is done gratuitously. … I am not trying to make a statement. This is a story that’s not being done to be sensational.”
More importantly, Sutter said the potentially polarizing scene in question is a major turning point for the show as it kicks off its penultimate season. “It is truly the catalyst for the third act of our morality play,” he said. “It sets everything in motion for this season that will ultimately lead to the end that then will bring us into the final season and what I see as the ultimate comeuppance of everything in terms of the series.”
The weight of that comeuppance will most likely fall mostly on Jax (Charlie Hunnam), who will continue to wrestle with how he feels about leading an outlaw motorcycle club. “The conflict that has fueled the entire series and especially Charlie’s character is the idea of: ‘Can I do what I do and follow this path and still show up and be a caring and loving husband and a good and caring father?'” Sutter says. “Can I have all that and still be the leader of a criminal enterprise? Coming into Season 6, we have to decide whether the answer is yes or no.”
As such, Sutter believes Season 7 will indeed be the show’s last, though he suggests that if he needs a few extra episodes, FX would oblige. (He also acknowledges that many episodes, including the 90-minute Season 6 premiere, will be “supersized.”) So does he have a master plan? Does he know the final shot of the series?
“I have an idea of what the final shot is and, for some reason, it’s Otto getting out of jail,” Sutter joked about the character he plays on the show. But seriously, Sutter does have a plan but isn’t locked into it.
“I have a loose blueprint I go into every season with,” he said. “The looser I hold on to those ideas, the better the seasons are. … I have a sense of what the final shot is, but I hold onto that loosely. I need that marker to go towards, and then I go the right place.”
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When it comes to the influence Clay (Ron Perlman) has on molding Jax in his role as president, Hunnam says, “I think there’s probably a certain degree is true that you learn the position from your predecessor.” However, the actor also realizes that the way his character has responded to the job can’t be placed solely on the shoulders of those who came before him, adding, “I think that much more importantly there’s a universal problem that power corrupts. I think that Jax struggled with that, the way all presidents do.”
Hunnam explains that the leader is counted on to represent everyone he governs over, be it a country or a motorcycle club and that leaves you with a lot of decisions to make. “It’s very easy to say ‘I know from my heart this is the right thing to do, so I’m not going to put it up for a vote.'”
Some of those decisions he’s made have left Jax more alone in the club than ever. His best friend, Opie (Ryan Hurst), is dead and Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) has stepped down as vice president. Bobby was, in many ways, the heart and soul of the club, the one who always tried to steer them in the right direction.
With Jax unable to lean on him, Charlie says the character may be in trouble. “I think you’ll see this season that he really lacks … He always had a strong conscience, he had his Jiminy Cricket, but I think he struggles without it,” Hunnam explains, “In the absence of Bobby Elvis in the early part of the season you see him really struggle.”
One thing Jax should be struggling with, though he seemingly doesn’t, is guilt. When the show began, his lady love Tara (Maggie Siff), was a respected surgeon with a promising future. As season five ended, she was being arrested for her part in the murder of a nurse who was killed by a club member.
Being with Jax has brought her almost universal chaos, with little guilt shown on his end. “I think right now it’s being clouded, that guilt, by a sense of betrayal,” Hunnam says, “I think if he was honest with himself he would understand where it’s come from and he would probably take some responsibility.” Still, Hunnam believes Jax will come to terms with what he’s done, as he says, “I think that will probably come back and there will be a reckoning for Jax, but right now I don’t think he’s at that place.”