Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At a TCA panel on the penultimate sixth season of FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, executive producer Kurt Sutter said a series of Sons Of Anarchy graphic novels (already discussed at Comic-Con) might serve to fill a time gap between the end of the FX series and a possible “prequel” series of TV episodes. The novels are being produced by the Boom! Studios graphic novel house. “I had some conversations with [John] Landgraf [CEO of FX Networks] about hopefully at some point in time doing the prequel to this show,” Sutter said (joined on the TCA panel today by EP Paris Barclay and stars Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal). “We’ve talked about ways to keep the mythology alive over a few-year period” until the prequel, he added. Sutter said a variety of “off media” option are being considered, including a “gaming idea”. “The graphic novels are the first step to do that”. Sutter described the content of the novels as “parallel stories that won’t touch on any of the mythology we’ve created.” The “intersecting narrative” may involve “secondary characters that all intervene and cross through that.”
Sutter said during June’s Produced By Conference that any prequel wouldn’t be coming for a few years. “I want to let the property rest for a year or so after Sons is over before jumping in,” he noted then. Beyond that timeline, a lot about the prequel is still up in the air. “I don’t know if it will be a series or a limited series of say 10 to 13 episodes,” Sutter said at the time. “I don’t want to do it as a movie – tonally, I don’t see it as a movie.”
At Comic-Con, Sutter said he expected Season 7 — the last — to end “in a pool of blood”. When asked for details today, the producer said he has a “loose idea” of the final scene but “what I’ve learned over time is that the looser I hold onto those ideas, the better the seasons are.” When pressed again about the final shot, Sutter responded: “I have an idea of what the final shot is, and somehow it’s Otto getting out of jail. Again, I hold onto that loosely.” The producer said that there is no chance the show would return for subsequent full season but said of the final season: “Hey, if I go to John [Landgraf] and the studio and say, ‘Hey, I need three more episodes to close out the season, they’ll find a way to do it. If I can’t fit [the ending] into 13 episodes, there might be some room.”
Pleading with assembled TV writers not to leak spoiliers, Sutter also talked about a controversial ripped-from-the-headlines storyline that will be introduced in the Season 6 premiere and play out through the season. He called this story “a catalyst for the morality play that we’re doing.” Sutter said he had had discussions with the network about the storyline and felt that its combined violence and moral questioning was ultimately “organic” to the themes of the show. “There’s a lot of blood and guts in my show, it’s a signature of the show [but nothing is done gratuitously],” Sutter said. “Events in the premiere are really the catalyst for this morality play that we’re doing.”