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.”
Weller will play Charles Barosky, a crooked ex-cop who has taken advantage of the city’s failing infrastructure to become boss of the Stockton, Calif., port. He crosses paths with SAMCRO — and it looks like he’ll bring trouble with him.
The image shows Weller’s character facing off with Jax (Charlie Hunnam), the current leader of the motorcycle club.
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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.”
Mark your calendars! Sons of Anarchy season 6 will ride again on September 10th at 10pm in a 90-minute premiere episode!
SAMCRO will reconvene at 10/9c on Tuesday, September 10 on FX, the network announced Wednesday.
Additionally, Sons of Anarchy‘s sixth-season premiere — which picks up a few days after the events of the fifth season-ender — will clock in at a super-sized, 90 minutes.
As SOA creator Kurt Sutter revealed at Comic-Con, the upcoming episodes find Chibs in the SAMCRO VP seat and Tara kicking major tush behind bars.