The FX hit series, Sons of Anarchy, is fast approaching the premiere date for its final season. With the last bow beginning on September 9, the cast and crew of the show made its last appearance at Comic Con over the weekend to share their feelings and secrets for the last adventures of the SAMCRO motorcycle club.
The show’s creator, Kurt Sutter, revealed that although the current tales of Jax Teller and the Sons of Anarchy might be ending, there was a possibility that audiences could catch a glimpse of what happened beforehand. It was not the first time he spoke on sharing earlier moments in the story (such as a novelization of the journals of Jax’s father, John Teller), but it was a welcome admission to fans who are not yet ready to say goodbye.
“We are having serious conversations about our prequel,” Sutter stated, sharing that it would be based on the lives and times of John Teller and fellow SAMCRO club founder, Piney Winston. “I don’t know if it’ll be a full-on series. It might just be a miniseries. We’re having conversations about that.”
However, if faithful viewers of the show were hoping for a spin-off, Sutter quickly put a cap on that. “I think spinoffs work well on procedural dramas, which this clearly is not,” he admitted.
It was also revealed that the first book based on the series, titled Bratva, will be released later on in the fall. Set to take place during Sons of Anarchy’s fourth season, the story will follow Jax, Chibs (played by Tommy Flanagan) and the late Opie (Ryan Hurst) as they deal with some issues, thanks to the Russian Mafia.
As for season seven, things will pick up two weeks following the events in the season six finale, A Mother’s Work. Fans will recall that Jax’s long suffering wife, Tara (Maggie Siff) was killed rather violently by Jax’s mother, Gemma (Katey Segal). The opening moments of the episode, which were previewed at Comic Con, shows Jax in jail while Gemma takes care of his sons, Abel and Thomas. As for where things go after that, even Sutter admits he is not too sure.
“I would say that I know where I want our hero to be emotionally and thematically at the end of the season,” he claims, “[but] I can never tell what it looks like and how we’ll get there until it’s done.”
In related news, Glee actress Lea Michele revealed on Monday that she would be appearing on Sons of Anarchy at some time during its final season. Sutter teased the Comic Con crowd by saying that there would be an announcement regarding another special guest star for the season, but he never followed through. Michele joins rockers Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love, who were both previously announced as being part of the cast for season seven.
Unfortunately, there was a big noticeable absence from the Comic Con panel: Jax’s portrayer, actor Charlie Hunnam. Due to a previous commitment (a photo shoot for an upcoming issue of Vogue Magazine), Hunnam was unable to attend. However, he sent a comical video message to be played, where he is seen being massaged and tended to by two other members of SAMCRO; Bobby “Elvis” Munson (Mark Boone Junior) and Chibs Telford (Tommy Flanagan).
“This is the seventh season of [Sons of Anarchy],” he said in the video. For a show to stay on the air that long requires the massive support of our fans.”
By Jonathan Brown