SPOILER ALERT: This story discusses possible plot directions and future of Sons of Anarchy.
Sons Of Anarchy may be starting its final season this fall, but tales about the world shown in the FX drama are not over. “We are having serious conversations about our prequel,” said SOA creator Kurt Sutter to loud applause today at Comic-Con. “My sense is right now that I don’t know if it will be a full-on series or a mini-series.” While this is far from the first time the showrunner has talked about going back to the show’s roots, it had special significance Sunday in the massive Hall H for what is expected to be SOA’s last of many SDCC appearances.
“There’ll be no spinoffs,” added Sutter. “I think spinoffs work well on procedural dramas, which this clearly is not.” The SOA story will also continue in Bratva, the show’s first novelization. The upcoming book, whose cover art Sutter showed the audience, picks up after Season 4.
The often acerbic Sutter teared up when other show principals thanked him for creating the series and for the experience of working on it. “Sit the f*** down,” Sutter told the cast and the thousands in the hall when they gave him a standing ovation. “I got an image.”
While lead Charlie Hunnam did not make it to SDCC because of a Vogue shoot New York, Sutter was far from alone onstage. As in past years, most of the cast showed, including Sutter’s real-life wife Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera and Drea de Matteo all in attendance. EP/Director (and DGA head) Paris Barclay, who helmed the Season 7 opener, was also there.
“Hello, lovely people of Comic-Con,” said the absent Hunnam in a hilarious short video that mocked the actor’s fashion photo session. In it, Hunnam was being massaged, manicured and waited on by the other members of the biker gang in what looks like a luxury suite. “This is the seventh season of the show. For a show to stay on the air that long requires the massive support of our fans,” Hunnam said, before snapping at Coates, Boone Junior and Flanagan for not serving him appropriately.
The highest-rated series in FX’s history, SOA’s seventh season starts on Sept. 9 with an episode that lasts one hour and 45 minutes. It picks up in the aftermath of Humman’s Jax character breaking down after discovering his wife Tara and Sheriff Eli Roosevelt murdered in their house. Seeking vengeance, the SAMCRO leader doesn’t know that his mother Gemma, played by Sagal, was actually the one who killed Tara or that fellow crewmember Juice shot the sheriff.
After a review of last season’s events, fans were treated to a preview of Season 7 that was bookended by Jax brutally fighting a man in prison and carving a swastika on his stomach. It also showed Jemma raising his children, the remaining SAMCRO crew on a ride, the Jimmy Smits character estranged from Jemma and the graveside headstone of Tara. “Rather than being the reactor to chaos, (Jax) is the inciter of chaos,” said Sutter of Jax in the final season. “It’s like writing a brand new character.”
Not that the last SOA season is finished with production yet. “Much to the chagrin of my production team, I like to back up on my production schedule,’ said Sutter. “I can never tell what it is going to look like or how we are going to get there,” Sutter said, dodging a question about whether Hunnam’s character would make it to the end of the last season. The show is halfway through shooting the final season. Sutter said he is writing episode 7 and editing episode 4. “The writing this year is phenomenal,” said Flanagan. “This season is fantastic.”
Earlier in the day, Sutter had been teasing fans on Twitter about a “fun guest-star announcement” for the biker drama’s upcoming final season but that turned out to just be him messing with people. Regardless, SOA still has Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson joining the show in recurring roles for its closing cycle