Why I Love Sons of Anarchy and think Kurt Sutter is a Genius
No Longer Embarrassed that I Love Sons of Anarchy
I have been a fan of Sons of Anarchy for a few years now, but it wasn't something I talked about or even mentioned to anyone else because I didn't know how others would react to my obsession with watching a dramatic TV show about an outlaw motorcycle gang. After all, I am a thirty-something mom with a comfortable life and a beautiful daughter.
How could I possibly enjoy watching this show so much? However, with the popularity of the show growing immensely over the last two seasons, I realize that I am not the only person, like myself, addicted to the show, and will gladly shout from the rooftops that I love this gory FX drama. To learn why I love this show and why I think Kurt Sutter, the writer, and creator of Sons of Anarchy, is a genius, keep reading.
A Quick Synopsis of Sons of Anarchy - Don't Worry no Spoilers in this Section!
Sons of Anarchy Leadership and Jax's Role in the Club
When Sons of Anarchy began in 2008, we were introduced to a gang of motorcycle outlaws, better known as SAMCRO, which stands for Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original. This group operates out of Charming, a fictitious city in Central Valley, California.
In the beginning, this gang is led by Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). Morrow's step-son, Jax (Charlie Hunnam), is the vice-president of the club. SAMCRO is involved in running guns for the IRA and some legal business as well. At this point, Jax and Clay agree on the way the club is being run.
However, when Jax's first wife, Wendy (Drea de Matteo), goes into labor, Jax makes a troubling discovery that makes him reflect on what type of man he wants to be. His discovery is a memoir written by his deceased father and one of the original founders of SAMCRO.
Jax's Internal Struggle to be the Man he wants to be Without Sacrificing his Responsibilities
From this point on, you can see Jax struggling with the man he is and what he fears he could become. When Dr. Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff), Jax's high school sweetheart, returns to Charming after a long absence, Jax feels like he may have a chance to win Tara's heart and change the direction his life is going in. However, as Jax soon learns his demons both in the club and in himself may be too hard for him to overcome.
The New Prez and More Problems for SAMCRO
Jax Becomes the Man he Always Hated
When Jax becomes the new president of SAMCRO, his first order of business is to stop running guns for the Irish and to set the club up in only legal business. Unfortunately, for Jax, his plan doesn't go exactly as planned and he runs into problem after problem. During his battle to turn SAMCRO into a legitimate enterprise, Jax has to break a few rules and even betray people who are close to him.
Sons of Anarchy Season 6
Season 6 Finale of Sons of Anarchy
The final episode of Sons of Anarchy season six aired December 10, 2013. As I have never missed an episode, I expected the season finale to be explosive. Jax has been working hard all season to finally fulfill his dream of making SAMCRO a legitimate business a reality, but he has suffered personally and professionally as a result.
With his marriage to Tara in trouble, Jax makes a desperate decision to save his wife and protect his children. When Gemma (Katey Segal) hears of Jax's decision, she immediately blames his estranged wife, Tara. Unfortunately for Tara, when she and Gemma accidentally bump into each other, actions are taken that can never be undone and Jax's life comes tumbling down around him.
Season 7 will Likely be the Last Season of Sons of Anarchy
It is rumored that season 7 of Sons of Anarchy will be the final season of this dramatic series. With Jax's personal and professional life coming unhinged, I am anxiously awaiting the September 2014 debut of Sons on FX.
Sons of Anarchy Characters to Expect to See in Season 7
After the sixth season finale, and a hard year for the club, the cast of characters has changed drastically. To find out who you can expect to see in Season 7, check out my character list below.
- Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam)
- Gemma Teller-Morrow (Katey Sagal)
- Tig Trager (Kim Coates)
- Chibbs Teleford (Tommy Flanagan)
- Bobby Munson (Mark Boone Jr.)
- Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz (Theo Rossi)
- Nero Padilla (Jimmy Smits)
- Wendy Case (Drea de Matteo)
- Wayne Unser (Dayton Callie)
- Happy (David Labrava)
As of July 2014, it also appears that the following characters and special guests may be appearing in the seventh seasons of Sons of Anarchy.
- CCH Pounder (Tyne Patterson)
- San Bernardino Charter President Packer (Robert Patrick)
- Marilyn Manson
- Courtney Love
Rumors are we can expect to see Manson as a heroin user and Courtney Love as Abel's preschool teacher, Mrs. Harrison.
"I'm drawn to the classic antihero, the guy who's probably made a bunch of mistakes and really has the capacity to go either way. That's the most interesting type of character for me to watch, to see what decisions they'll make. There's a lot of gray area there for a writer to explore."— Kurt Sutter
Now on to Why, I Think Kurt Sutter is a Genius
As I said earlier in this lens, initially, I was embarrassed to talk to my friends about Sons of Anarchy. Why do you ask? Well, I don't know anything about this lifestyle that I am watching on TV every Tuesday night.
Instead, I am a work-at-home-mom of one who married my high school sweetheart and live a pretty typical middle-class life. So, how could I fall in love with a show that is so full of violence and mayhem? Well, my friends, the answer is easy. Kurt Sutter is a genius.
As a writer, I am totally in awe of Sutter's ability to make someone like me fall in love with the storyline and characters he has created. I don't even know anyone like the characters in this show, but it feels so real to me when I watch it. Sutter has an ability to make you feel like you know these characters personally and he makes the entire storyline so believable.
Sutter makes me Root for the Anti-Hero
I am a writer and a lover of everything romantic. In fact, to be honest, I have never really liked stories that focused on anti-heroes. However, Sons of Anarchy is the exception to this. Everything about my demeanor, my personality, and my beliefs should make me hate Jax, even though he is a fictional character, but I don't.
In fact, I often find myself rooting for him, his marriage, and his decisions as the president of SAMCRO. This is where I truly appreciate Sutter's abilities as a writer and creator.
Jax is a Bad Guy, but I Root for him Anyway
Through his storyline, Sutter can make someone like me root for a guy that is a bad guy. Despite his adorableness and smooth talking, Jax is a bad guy. No, really! Jax is a really bad guy. For instance, he sells guns, he hits women, he MURDERS people, and the list goes on and on, but he is also a man struggling to be better, a man that wants to love his wife the way she deserves to be loved, and a man who wants to be a better father to his children. After all that is said and done, I find myself torn on what to do, and I know I am not alone.
I can't wait to see what Sutter has in store for Sons of Anarchy, Jax, Gemma, Juice (Theo Rossi) and all the others when season seven begins in the fall of 2014. After watching the finale of season six, I am not even going to try to guess because I never seem to be able to predict what Sutter is going to do next.
Dearly Departed Sons of Anarchy Cast
Kurt Sutter isn't Afraid to "Kill Off" his Viewers Favorite Characters
Here is a list of fan favorite characters that Sutter has "killed off" from the show. Some of these deaths were tragic and unforeseen, and others obviously had it coming.
Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) - In my opinion, this character death was way overdue. It was evident it had to happen for Jax to move on, and I was surprised it took so long to happen.
Harry "Opie" Winston (Ryan Hurst) - Okay, I don't think anyone knew this was going to happen. In interviews, Sutter has said that he never intended for Opie to be a primary, or even recurring character, but his death was still shocking. I was taken aback when Opie was killed, and I honestly closed my eyes for most of the scene. Honestly, I don't think anyone knew how much they like the character Opie until Sutter killed him off in a blaze of blood and guts. It's funny though that even after Opie's death he lives on to be one of the most adored characters on this dramatic series.
Piney Winston (William Lucking) - Piney's death was tragic. I think everyone, including Piney's character, knew this death was imminent, but it was sad to watch. Clay took Piney out to protect his secret, and his dad's death is what finally pushed Opie over the edge he had been standing so close to since the death of his beloved wife.
Filthy Phil (Christopher Douglas) - Filthy Phil was a SAMCRO probie, and while he may not be on every fan's list, he is on mine. I liked Phil because he was kind of a weirdo. He didn't really fit in with the rest of the crew, but he was so eager to please. His death, like so many others, was gruesome and hard to watch, but I think he truly is missed by others in the gang.
Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) - Again, Eli's death was something I didn't see coming, which is a surprising for me because I am a writer. Usually, I see these plots coming episodes before they occur and lose interest by the time it actually happens. However, with Eli's death, Sutter was once again able to surprise and shock me. Eli's relationship personally and professionally with SAMCRO has had its ups and downs, but I never expected a Son to take him out. He will be missed and Charming will have a big hole to fill in its police department.
Lastly, we must talk about Dr. Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff)
If you haven't seen the sixth season finale...stop reading now. In the final episode of this season, Dr. Knowles, Jax's beloved wife, is brutally murdered by none other than Jax's mother, Gemma. Tara's death was incredibly realistic and you could see that Tara knew she was going to die as soon as she saw Gemma cross the doorway. In the same token, Gemma's eyes were full of rage, hate, and she was reeling from a recent break-up with Nero that simply pushed her into a psychotic episode. Since Tara was the love of Jax's life, I am anxiously awaiting season 7 to see where things go from here.