They were the last panel of Comic-Con’s huge Hall H this year but today Sons of Anarchy gave fans of the FX biker drama a few things to look forward to. SOA creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter told the crowd today that he’d “love to do a prequel about the formation of the club.” Though he gave no details of the prequel, which he has brought up before, Sutter said today that he had discussed the idea with the show’s network FX. Before the panel came out, the thousands in the crowd were treated to a seven-minute preview of Season 5’s 90-minute September 11 opening episode. With some flashbacks to the power struggle within the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original the preview started out with the Jax character writing in his journal and then revealed a long run delivery by SAMCRO on the northern California roads that gets highjacked. A pounding cover of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground on the soundtrack was used to set the tone. Thirty seconds of the preview were blacked out for “content reasons.”
Sutter later explained that the blackout was a sex scene involving Katey Sagal and season guest star Jimmy Smits that Comic-Con felt was too explicit. The FX series’ panel this afternoon included Sutter and cast members Charlie Hunnam, Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Ryan Hurst, and Dayton Callie. With occasional four-letter words flying, the panel was still tight-lipped about the upcoming season. “Where we’re going I’m not really sure but I know it’s going to be fraught with tension and possibilities,” said a circumspect Perlman. Smits will be sticking around for a spell this season, as will Ashley Tisdale and Community’s Joel McHale. Never at a loss to put on a show, Sutter was not only tweeting during the panel, but handing out swag to fans who correctly answered trivia questions. Incidentally, Sutter really knows his crowd – no other panel so far this Comic-Con seems to have so many fans decked out in their gear and official T-shirts as the SOA crowd.
(Photos of Sons Of Anarchy cast and creator Kurt Sutter by Getty Images)