** I highly suggest you do not read this if you have yet to see the season 4 finale
Last night’s remarkable “Sons of Anarchy” season finale was packed with revelations.
From Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) taking the SAMCRO throne from evil step-dad Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), to the Galindo Cartel leaders, including Romeo Parada (Danny Trejo), outing themselves as CIA agents, the episode seemed to change everything.
The Post spoke with SOA creator Kurt Sutter about the explosive season finale and where SAMCRO goes from here.
Q: The season ends with Jax and Tara (Maggie Siff) becoming the new Clay and Gemma (Katey Sagal, Sutter’s real-life wife). Did you know at the beginning of this season that Jax would finally ascend?
A: I did. That was originally gonna happen in the first season, but then I realized there was a lot of fertile ground in Jax’s ascension, and his figuring out what kind of man he would become. But as we get closer to winding up the series, I wanted at least a couple of seasons with Jax in that chair. For me, Seasons 5 and 6 will be about, can Jax take over for Clay and not become Clay. In this position of power, do you have to become as brutal as Clay to survive? Continue reading
** I highly suggest you do not read this if you have yet to see the season 4 finale.
TVLINE | Was it always your plan to have Clay survive the season?
Yeah. The character of Clay was essential to me for at least a couple more seasons. There’s so much more dramatic ground to cover with Jax at the head of that table and Clay now almost the Piney character in that he’s weakened and stripped of some of his previous weight and power. To me, that’s a really interesting dynamic. And quite honestly, I didn’t want to waste the power of Jax having that knowledge and passion and knowing about the deceit that happened and the secret that’s been kept from him for all these years with just one episode of him killing Clay. Because then it’s done. He’s avenged his father’s death and it’s almost like that storyline kind of burns out, and I just feel there’s a lot more story to tell there. I equate it to a little bit of what we did on The Shield. When Vic found out that Shane was responsible for killing Lem, we played out a whole season with those two guys knowing that. It was so much fun to have those two guys [harbor] intense hatred and and yet they had to suit up every day and go to work together. That’s just really fun fertile ground for story.
TVLINE | The Tara-Gemma dynamic was forever altered, too. They’re essentially becoming the same person. Moving forward, what is the one thing that prevents Tara from truly becoming like Gemma?
That was always the idea to have Gemma kind of bring Tara close and ultimately create her own little Frankenstein there. Look, I don’t think we’re going to waste the arc that we built with Tara this season. Meaning, she’s not going to go back to the, “Am I in or am I out?” Tara that we’ve seen previously. But clearly Tara is not Gemma… Tara gives Jax that syringe and says, “This is how you [kill Clay].” Well if it was Gemma, she would have already done it, so there’s still an element of Tara that’s somewhat removed. I don’t thing Tara would actually be able to go up to Clay and put a bullet in his head or put the syringe in the tube. Is Tara really capable of becoming Gemma? And what happens if she’s put in a position where she has to make that ultimate sacrifice for her family and her club? Is she going to be capable of going that dark? So I do think they’re definitely some struggles with Tara yet to play out. Continue reading
Check out what Christopher Douglas Reed aka ‘Filthy Phil’ had to say in his interview with Media Blvd Magazine. You can read Christopher’s full interview at the source.
Question: What has this role done for your confidence as an actor?
Christopher: Well, a ton, actually. It’s been extremely amazing, and I’ve been very fortunate because this was my first job in television. I had done professional theater before but never anything in front of the camera. And the role started off as just somebody who was around and being introduced to the club and being introduced to the viewers and it’s kind of grown to what we got to see last night. It was its biggest exposure, so it’s been really great. I haven’t had to do anything really incredible or anything extremely challenging until last night. And it’s just been a blast being able to hang around set, being able to learn from the folks like Ron Perlman, Kim Coates and Charlie Hunnam. It’s just been fantastic and my confidence level has risen pretty much with every episode.
Question: In previous interviews, the cast has always touched upon the chemistry between the actors on and off set. Could you elaborate your part or your role as a prospect and if that carries on behind the scenes at all?
Christopher: That’s a great question. Yes. It kind of does. When I first got on set—like, it was my first TV job, so there’s a little bit of apprehension there. And the first thing I filmed was the prospects getting brought into the clubhouse and then into the chapel and receiving their cuts. And that’s just an ominous moment I’d imagine for anybody who’s trying to get patched in. And it definitely helped feed what was going on in terms of my real life, in that I’m a new guy coming in and everybody had been on set for three seasons, so everybody’s already built up certain measure of things. But the guys were so great. Charlie Hunnam, for instance, within a week, gave me a place to stay because I didn’t live LA at the time. And they’ve all been extremely generous, and they’ve all been extremely kind in their support. And it’s true. There’s just a definite camaraderie on that show amongst the boys that makes it unique from what I’ve seen in other jobs I’ve done and on other shows. It really transfers over to the screen. We all care about each other. We all have a blast going to work and I think that shows.