During the six-year run of “Sons of Anarchy,” which centered on a California motorcycle club of outlaws called Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (SAMCRO), the had some shocking twists and turns involving death and betrayal for three of the show’s main characters: Jackson “Jax” Teller (played by Charlie Hunnam); Jax’s mother, Gemma Teller Morrow (played by Katey Sagal); and Jax’s stepfather, Clay Morrow (played by Ron Perlman), who was killed off in the show’s sixth season that aired in 2013.
In addition to the dramatic storylines, “Sons of Anarchy” was also known for creator/executive producer Kurt Sutter (who in real life is married to Sagal) being an outspoken and sometimes controversial champion for the show. The series finale “Sons of Anarchy” was televised on Dec. 9, 2014. Here is a look back at what Sagal and Ron Perlman said during a roundtable interview at 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego.
How would you describe Jax as president of the club?
Perlman: He’s very handsome.
Sagal: I think Jax is figuring out how to be the president, what kind of president he will be in the club. Is he more like his dad or is he more like his stepdad.
Perlman: He’s inherited a sh*tstorm, so he’s coming in like Obama.
And that would make Clay …?
Sagal: Maybe George Bush? He is so not George Bush!
Perlman: When I work for News Corp. [which owns the FX network], which I do, I’m told it’s George Bush. I like to think of myself as Goth Cheney and Donald Rumsberg.
Does Gemma remind you of Lady Macbeth?
Sagal: I think the Shakesperean tone are the archetypes in place. Then certainly, it doesn’t necessarily take the exact paths. I think if you talk to Kurt about it, in the beginning, it had a loose format of that. We actually, as the pawns in this play, we don’t really know where it’s going.
We don’t really. I think everybody eventually is probably going to go down. That’s what I would think, but we don’t know for sure. She is the matriarch in the club. And she is sort of the woman behind the man.
Perlman: If we stick to the “Hamlet” superstructure, who ends up alive in that one?
How far in advance do you know the plot of an episode?
Sagal: We kind of know little pieces as we go along. I think he’s still figuring it out. As any great storyteller, I don’t think he has all the pieces of the puzzle in play. I’m pretty sure he knows the end game, but we’re not really privy to it exactly.
There’s a lot of history and a lot of back story that I think he’ll address as we get further in, but what the ramifications of that are, we don’t know. Will all the truth come out? We don’t know. And if it does, what happens? We don’t know.
Perlman: What she said.
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