The sixth season of “Sons of Anarchy” is closing in quickly, as is the end of the show. Creator Kurt Sutter has maintained that his story will reach it’s conclusion after seven seasons, even if he’s not entirely sure how it will end.
During the TCA summer press tour, Sutter was joined by stars Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal, along with executive producer Paris Barclay, to talk about the direction of the show during it’s home stretch.
While Sutter appreciates the Shakespearean comparisons, with his show introducing archetypes similar to those in “Hamlet,” he prefers to let “Sons of Anarchy” grow organically. “At the end of the day I want it to be looked at as a solid TV show with great characters and storytelling,” he says.
Part of that storytelling includes an event in the Season 6 premiere, which will introduce a whole new kind of chaos into the world of SAMCRO. Sutter explains that the incident fits the show thematically. “Nothing is done gratuitously,” he explains, “The events that happen in the premiere are a catalyst for the third act.”
While some may say events in question are courting controversy, Sutter has a different outlook. “As much as I won’t do something because it’s controversial,” he says, “I won’t not do something because it’s controversial.”
He also has an image in his mind for how the show will end. “I have an idea of what the final shot is and, for some reason, it’s Otto (portrayed by Sutter) getting out of jail,” he jokes, adding that he actually does have an idea for the last moment of the series.
Like with everything on the show though, he keeps a loose grip on it, allowing the story to change if needed. “If that’s what it ends up being, that’s what it ends up being,” he adds. “I have a sense of what I want it to be.”
One thing that doesn’t seem likely to change is the need for more seasons. Sutter noted that the Season 6 episodes he’s been turning in run long and also says it’s possible he may ask for a few extra episodes to wrap of the story. However, going beyond seven seasons isn’t something he feels is necessary. “I’m not going to go to [FX] and say
‘Hey, I need two more seasons to finish my show.'”
“Sons of Anarchy” Season 6 premieres Tuesday, September 10, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.