With Sons of Anarchy returning in less than a month’s time, the creator, Kurt Sutter, has been doing the rounds as far as interviews and publicity go. In one of those he went into discussion about the show’s endgame, as well as a few minor Sons of Anarchy spoilers.
Regarding where Jax will be when the season begins, as well as the influence the death of Opie has on him.
“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.”
He later spoke about Clay, and Ron Perlman’s portrayal of the former leader of the Sons.
“Yeah, you know it’s interesting. Actors always sort of tend to experience what their characters are going through. When you’ve been part of something so long, and are so committed to it … It’s so ironic because I think a lot of what Ron is feeling, in terms of what’s going on with Clay, is really what Clay is feeling.
“When you’ve been playing these characters so long, and I saw it on The Shield too, it’s hard to distance yourself from it and not wear it. Not that they can’t distinguish reality from fiction, but you just wear it for a certain amount of time. To be a sort of vital part of this environment for so long, then all of a sudden to do these things that have you exiled from it all, and now you’re living this other life. It’s as difficult, I think, for Ron as it is for Clay. And it’s really interesting to see the impact that has on Ron.”
He later added a bit more about Clay’s trajectory.
“I think, for me, it’s the most honest and real we’ve ever seen Clay. I think it’s truly more who he is as a man than anything else we’ve seen to date.”
While talking about some minor Sons of Anarchy spoilers concerning the future of the series and its characters for most of the interview, Kurt Sutter talked about Tara’s past.
“You know, Maggie and I have conversations about who she is and where she’s going all the time. But, I gotta tell you, and I’ve always said this whether it was conscious or unconscious, when Tara was being pursued by Agent Kohn (season 1), she really felt like her life was in danger, because he was a federal agent and nobody was going to believe her and nobody was going to protect her. So she came back to the one guy she knew could do it.
“I think when that happens, when Jax kills Kohn in episode 7, to be okay with that and for them to consummate the relationship … Once that happens, I think it’s really about “Okay, I’m in.” That was a decision she made, and I felt like at that point she could not be spared the consequences of the life. She’s trying to, but ultimately once she made that decision that she was part of it, she’s subjected to the same circumstances as everybody else.”
While he’s already stated the Sons of Anarchy spoilers that the ending will be in a “pool of blood”, he talked about the possibility of perhaps a gleam of hope in the blood.
“You know, here’s how I describe all this: It’s a heavy world, it’s a dark world but as heavy and violent as it is, I like to think that ultimately there is some sense of hope. So that it’s sad and heavy, but there is always some sense of hope.
“Will it be a happy ending? No, but I do think that there will be something hopeful about the way it ends.”
I definitely don’t doubt Kurt Sutter bringing the carnage come the end of the show, especially after the hints in these Sons of Anarchy spoilers. Season 5 was the most brutal season of any TV show I’d ever seen. People were dying left & right, and none of it was pretty. Sons of Anarchy deserves to be spoken with in the same breath as shows like Breaking Bad and Dexter. One of the most incredible dramas of all time, that everyone needs to see, lest they be made fun of at cocktail parties. And nobody wants that. Season 6 begins on September 10th, at 10pm, on FX.