FX's hit drama series Sons of Anarchy rode into San Diego for their final Hall H panel ever, where the cast and crew discussed the highly-anticipated final season, which we reported earlier this month will debut on Tuesday, September 9. Series creator Kurt Sutter showed the fans a tease of what fans can expect in Season 7, while also discussing the prequel series he has hinted at for the past few years, First 9.
Take a look at a group photo with cast members Drea de Matteo, Niko Nicotera, David Labrava, Dayton Callie, Theo Rossi, Tommy Flanagan (wearing shades and an awesome hat), Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates and Katey Sagal, along with executive producers Paris Barclay and Kurt Sutter, and then read on for more details revealed during the Hall H panel.
The cast and crew showed the opening montage that will kick off Season 7, which opens with Jax (Charlie Hunnam, who was not able to attend but sent along a brief video message for fans) beating up a fellow inmate in prison, while we also see Juice (Theo Rossi) doing an aggressive set of push-ups. Unser (Dayton Callie) is seen visiting Tara's (Maggie Siff) grave while Nero (Maggie Siff) has a few beers with the Mayans. They keep showing how prison life is affecting Jax, as he keeps performing a number of increasingly demented acts, such as amateur dentistry (without anesthesia) and carving a swastika into a fellow inmate's stomach.
Aside from the footage, one of the biggest revelations at the panel was series creator Kurt Sutter teasing a potential spin-off series called First 9, which we first reported on back in 2012. While it's looking like the prequel may happen, they aren't quite sure whether to craft it as a full series, or a mini-series.
"We are having serious conversations about our prequel. My sense is right now that I don't know if it will be a full on-series or a mini-series."
Our initial report revealed that the prequel would center on the First 9 who founded the SAMCRO club. However, he added that they will probably wait a few years after Sons of Anarchy ends its run to work on the prequel. When asked by a fan if he would ever consider a spin-off, Kurt Sutter had this to say.
"There'll be no spinoffs. As I said five minutes ago, clearly you're high -- as you all should be -- that to me, the most interesting thing about our mythology is the origins."
When asked about how Jax is reacting to prison life, Kurt Sutter reveals that Jax is almost a brand new character in the final season.
"It's the most proactive our hero has been throughout the entire series. This season he comes out sorta with blinders on, singular in purpose and is driven. Rather than being the reactor to chaos, he is the inciter of chaos. It's like writing a brand new character."
When asked if the series finale has been locked in yet, Kurt Sutter had this to say.
"Much to the chagrin of my production team I like to backup on my production schedule. I can never tell what it is going to look like or how we are going to get there."
The show is halfway through production on this final season, with Kurt Sutter currently writing Episode 7 and editing Episode 4. Are you looking forward to the prequel series and the final season? Chime in with your thoughts below.