Sons of Anarchy may have taken its final ride, but series creator Kurt Sutter is far from finished with FX. The network has officially handed down a series order to medieval drama The Bastard Executioner, chopping off the first bloody photo in the process.

Sutter’s Bastard Executioner follows “a warrior knight in King Edward III’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.” Lee Jones will play the title role, with will True Blood star Stephen Moyer acting as his right hand man Milus, Sutter’s wife Katey Sagal playing the mysterious Annora, and even native Welshman and The Americans lead Matthew Rhys appearing in a guest role.

Greenlighting the series for 10 episodes to premiere this fall, FX said of the pickup:

From his important contributions to The Shield to his epic run on Sons of Anarchy, Kurt has been one of FX’s most visionary artists, and we are proud to get him back on the air so soon after the unquestionable success of Sons.

The Bastard Executioner has lined up an extraordinary creative team, with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay joining Kurt as Executive Producers and an amazing cast led by Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer and Lee Jones in the signature role as the Executioner himself. We knew they could deliver something special and, under the expert direction of Paris, they did just that. The fans can’t wait for the first season, and neither can we.

Adds Sutter himself:

I love history. I love theology. I love blood. It’s been very satisfying weaving fact and fiction to create a new mythology that combines all these elements. And with this extraordinary cast – Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal and newcomer, Lee Jones – this world explodes on screen. I love working with FX and Fox21TVS. They’ve been my family for 15 years. They not only tolerate me, they embrace my extremely disturbing storytelling sensibilities.

We won’t see a trailer for a while yet, though you can observe the first photo of Kurt Sutter and FX’s The Bastard Executioner above, pore over the cast list, and decide if Sutter’s Sons followup will live up to the hype.

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