Kurt Sutter did a recent interview with Collider on Sept. 27 and talked about the end game for “Sons of Anarchy.” There are spoilers ahead, so read on with caution if you have not caught up with the recent episodes.
Sutter said that the show will end after the seventh season because that was the perfect amount of time to tell his story, because this is not one that should live on forever.
“From a very practical notion, I knew that this model basically has around seven seasons of a lifespan before you really have to start trying to reinvent it and change licensing fees, and all that stuff,” Sutter said. “So, the initial idea of seven seasons wasn’t just a number I pulled out of the air. It was really based on the practicality of what we do.”
The show, influenced heavily by the works of Shakespeare, specifically the story of “Hamlet,” is drenched in tragedy. Unlike “The Sopranos,” this is not a family who breaks the law that lives to tell about it. The criminals Sutter asks us to follow have drastic consequences for their actions. One of those came last week when Opie, one of the show’s fan favorite characters, was beaten to death.
“I wanted Opie to go out a warrior,” Sutter said. “I really wanted him to go out with nobility and a sense of feeling like, ‘I may not have a lot to live for, but at the very least, I’m going to go out doing something noble and protecting the people I still love.’ I felt like we were able to do all that with that death.”
He also talked about the eventual confrontation between the violent Clay and his son Jax, who is developing into a character that may end up with more anger than even his father.
“Their relationship will ebb and flow, and come to a head, as will Clay’s own personal journey and his demons,” Sutter said. “Clay’s emotional path this season is not a straight line either. He will have awareness of things and make choices and make mistakes. I think we will see Jax and Clay go at it, but maybe not in the most predictable way.”
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.