Comic-Con 2013: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Panel
Ride into this con! After debuting a new scene and sizzle reel, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ closed out Comic-Con 2013 with a massive panel of the cast and creators of FX’s biker drama hit. Everyone from Charlie Hunnam to Kurt Sutter, Maggie Siff and Ron Perlman took the stage to answer fan questions, discuss the series, and preview what they could of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 6, so what can fans of the series expect based on the latest from Comic-Con 2013?
The new clip we saw featured Jax writing in his journal and delivering voiceover (when does he not?), amid flashing through scenes of Tara and Clay adjusting to their new prison surroundings, Nero (Jimmy Smits) overseeing a beatdown, and Tig and Chibs riding together, Chibs having been promoted to VP. The second clip interspersed footage from season 6 with season 6, in which observably new was a few scenes with Donal Logue, Tara fighting someone, and a guest appearance from Peter Weller.
As the last of Comic-Con 2013, the panel allowed for some extended questioning with its large cast presence (including Sutter, Executive Producer Paris Barclay, Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Theo Rossi, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan and Dayton Callie) so here were the highlights from the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 6 panel:
- Naturally mum about who might bite the bullet over the course of the season, Sutter also dodged questions about definitively ending the series in the seventh season, as rumored. "I think we've really created these characters and narratives that have been very organic to this world and I feel like we're running towards the finish. At a certain point the sh-t just has to hit the fan and for it to stay believable and real, ultimately it has to find its endgame.”
- Sutter also teased that the final scene of the series would see a “big pile of blood,” but how the story gets to that point could ultimately change.
- The new season will begin days after the end of season 5, with said developments naturally propelling the conflicts for season 6. Much of Jax’s journey will see the SAMCRO leader struggling to balance being a loving and devoted father with the still-illegal club dealings, in essence whether to become more like Clay, or more like his biological father John Teller.
- Opie’s death will continue to weigh on Jax, but perhaps not as much as actor Ryan Hurst, whom Hunnam revealed to have written “The Last Rites of Opie Winston” in order to mentally put the character to bed, having struggled with it to date.
- Clay will be at his most powerless yet this season, having been truly abandoned by his wife and club, and finally allowing for some true redemption. "Season 6 is him knowing that there's no more leveraging, there's no more maneuvering, there's no more choices. There's just this bounty on his head and he's no longer in control of how many minutes he's got left," said Perlman. "It's the first time in his life when he's not in the position to have any fight left in him. He's worn out all his choices and he's completely at the mercy of other forces.”
- A few vague character directions here and there, as Tara will be forced to “man up” this season, and deal with becoming Gemma in many ways, while Tig will be “back on the leash” under Jax this year. Bobby will continue to try and hold things together, while Chibs’ role as VP will bring a bit more conscience to the table.
- Otto may not have many more appendages to lose, but Sutter teases "I always joke about what's going on with me emotionally is basically what happens to Otto on-screen, and I think we'll continue down that path this season and awful things will keep happening to him."
- ‘Sons of Anarchy’ graphic novels from Boom Studios will debut in September, for which Sutter showed the first two stylized (and mostly Tig-centric) covers.
- Among some of the notable fan questions asked, Sutter explained of female Harley-riding culture that he respects and honors women writing motorcycles, but largely sticks to his research of motorcycle club life, in which women rarely ride.
We’ll bring you the latest from ‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 6 as it develops, but what say you in the meantime? Does the cast’s Comic-Con 2013 appearance get you revved to ride with SAMCRO again this fall?