Katey Sagal Talks SONS OF ANARCHY, The Show’s Satisfying Conclusion, The Challenges of Playing Gemma, THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER, and More

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After seven seasons, the hit FX drama series Sons of Anarchy will have finished its run, bloodier, more intense and more heart-breaking than ever.  Until then, fans of the show will be on the edge of their seats, wondering just who will make it out alive.

During this recent interview to discuss the end of the popular TV show, actress Katey Sagal (who plays Gemma Teller) talked about the biggest challenges in playing this character, what she’ll miss most about the show, what she’s most excited for fans to see from the final episodes, that she thinks fans will find the series’ conclusion very satisfying, what she kept from the set, the legacy that Sons of Anarchy has left on the world of television, already moving on to other work, and that she will definitely be involved with The Bastard Executioner, which her husband (and Sons of Anarchy creator) Kurt Sutter is developing for FX.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Suits of Woe”

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“Suits of Woe” delivered another dense and emotionally rich episode of Sons of Anarchy, and possibly one of the best the show has ever done.  Like “Faith and Despondency,” it had a little bit of everything (character building, plot advancement, car chases, prison humor).  But “Suits of Woe” was the first step in a reckoning that is going to not only define these last two episodes of the series, but the series itself.  Hit the jump and “put some pants on.  We need to talk.”

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Faith and Despondency”

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There are only a few episodes left in Sons of Anarchy‘s final season, which means it’s time to get down to brass tacks.  “Faith and Despondency” delivered in a number of ways: sex was had, eyes were lost, genealogies were considered, silverware were reconsidered, motorcycles were ridden, vaseline was dispensed, and there were both deep conversations and shallow graves.  Hit the jump if you’re looking for some professional comfort.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “What a Piece of Work Is Man”

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“You need to trust me,” Jax says to Grant, part of the church family he’s trying to protect and use as leverage against Marks.  It’s also a constant refrain he uses on everyone.  Finally, someone is calling him on it: “Stop saying that.  Every time you do, something bad happens,” Grant laments.  And it’s true; things are continuing to come apart at the seams for Jax and SAMCRO, as their best-laid plans often do.  But what continues to make this final season of Sons of Anarchy so compelling — “What a Piece of Work is Man” in particular — is the suspense.  Hit the jump for why “this is on you.  Your betrayal.  Don’t ever lie to me again.”

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “The Separation of Crows”

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“The Separation of Crows” showed the Sons of Anarchy’s world truly being shaken by the fallout from Jax’s rampage.  For all of his clever machinations, Jax has met a formidable foe in August Marks, one who also has incredible financial and political resources.  The gangland violence that SAMCRO is used to in their tangles with other clubs won’t fly here, and Jax starts the episode demoralized about how to fight it.  In the end, he also finds that the terms are not negotiable.  Hit the jump if you thought for a moment that Abel murdered those birds.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Greensleeves”

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Sons of Anarchy continued its bloody final ride in “Greensleeves,” creating some excellent tension along the way.  While it seemed like Juice could be the lynchpin regarding the revelation of Gemma’s sins and potential demise, “Greensleeves” made it clear that Gemma has now fully become a Lady MacBeth, or even a Raskolnikov figure (though given Sutter’s Shakespearean partiality, I would presume the former).  What was once considered a righteous act begins devolving into paranoia and madness on her part.  Hit the jump to find out “who puts the ‘oh’ in ho.”

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em”

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While SAMCRO cleans up one murder scene, then stages another one, and plot threads become more twisted than Tig’s sexual fantasies, the thing that is distinguishing this final season of Sons of Anarchy is the suspense over what exactly is going to happen with Juice and with Gemma.  Though there can be assumptions made about how each of their stories may end, there’s absolutely no sense of timeline, or how the truth will out.  “Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em” had a continued sense of dread throughout its hour that escalated until its final moments.  It’s also the most interesting and compelling storytelling the show has done in a long time.  Hit the jump if you knew that Kiki offered a mint-flavored blowjob.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Some Strange Eruption”

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The fallout of the war between the Sons of Anarchy and Lin’s Chinese game continued in “Some Strange Eruption,” but things didn’t get really interesting until the end.  That war is, after all, based on a lie.  Sons of Anarchy‘s final season hinges on when — or even if — that truth will come to light.  Meanwhile, the slaughter continues with abandon.  “Some Strange Eruption” had some good plots twists and turns, which has been the show’s bread and butter in the last few years.  But the struggle for how Juice will fit in to all of this moving forward is the reason we should all be glued to the action.  Hit the jump if you want to sign up your kids up for brothel daycare.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Poor Little Lambs”

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Sons of Anarchy‘s great wave of carnage continued in “Poor Little Lambs,” but in between were a few reintroductions to great characters from the past (like Walton Goggins as Venus Van Dam, and the always great Kim Dickens as the hooker with a heart of gold, Colette).  There was also a 1990s revival.  Jax once again met with Ron Tully (Marilyn Manson) to work out a drug deal to offload some of that heroin he acquired, and Gemma dropped Abel off at his new school, where one of the teachers is played by Courtney Love (the horror!)  Hit the jump, beautiful people.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Playing with Monsters”

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Sons of Anarchy has always seemed to pride itself on having the twistiest of plots, and “Playing with Monsters” played right into that.  The issue is, episodes like these cut deeply into character development time, which last week’s great “Toil and Till” thrived on.  But “Playing with Monsters” also showed how Jax’s single-minded devotion to taking down the Chinese is making things very, very complicated on the street.  Meanwhile, the person who was really responsible is the one he is working so hard to defend.  Hit the jump for IMDB information on Stankenstein.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Toil and Till”

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Over the years, Sons of Anarchy has been its best when its stories relate to the club, and club politics.  Gangsters (and gang-busting law-enforcement) may come and go, but SAMCRO is forever.  Too often in the last few seasons, the show has favored overly twisty plots and one-off actor cameos over character drama for the Redwood members we’ve come to know and love.  But “Toil and Till” was an example of how all of that can work together beautifully when given the chance.  This hour had some great, extended character moments, along with one long, badass shootout.  Hit the jump for why clarity settles all scores, and pays back all debts.

SONS OF ANARCHY Season Seven Premiere Recap: “Black Widower”

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Sons of Anarchy has always made bold choices, but nothing could have been more controversial or far-reaching within the world of SAMCRO than its sixth season finale.  It was the culmination of struggles that existed on several different planes on the show: Gemma and Tara, Jax and Clay, and between a motorcycle club in theory versus and an outlaw gang in practice.  The back-and-forth that has taken place over the last six seasons, though, now has a clear resolution.  As the show’s final season begins, it’s also clear that the focus is going to be on endings — and most of them personal.  Hit the jump for why “I am the only thread holding this family together.”

Showrunner Kurt Sutter and Director Paris Barclay Talk SONS OF ANARCHY Season 7, Ending the Series, Character Deaths, Adding Marilyn Manson, and More

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The seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy is premiering on FX on September 9th.  The world of SAMCRO has always been a very violent one and, with each season, viewers have wondered who would make it out alive.  But in the final stretch, things are bound to be more bloody for everyone, as we see who’s still left standing, at the end of it all.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, show creator Kurt Sutter and executive producer/director Paris Barclay spoke to press about still not being sure of the specifics of the series finale, the theme for this last season, the one character they wish they’d had more time to explore, where the external threat is coming from, where Marilyn Manson fits into the mix, bringing Walton Goggins back as Venus Van Dam, that every episode this season is packed with more plot, more story and more characters than ever before, and that the club will never be the same, when all is said and done.  Check out what they had to say about Sons of Anarchy Season 7 after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Full-Length SONS OF ANARCHY Season 7 Trailer Teases the Series’ Conclusion

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FX has released a new full-length Sons of Anarchy season 7 trailer that shows off a good deal of footage from the final stretch of episodes for the drama series.  I’ve never seen an episode of Sons of Anarchy but I’ve heard plenty of good things about the show.  Notable guest stars for the seventh and final season include Marilyn Manson and Glee actress Lea Michele, while Malcolm-Jamal Warner has also signed on in a recurring role.  Fans who have been following along these past seven years are likely eager to see how showrunner Kurt Sutter brings his characters’ arcs to an end, and things will kick off with a 90-minute premiere episode when the series returns on FX Tuesday, September 9th.  Watch the Sons of Anarchy season 7 trailer after the jump.

SONS OF ANARCHY Season 7 Premieres September 9; Plus First Look at Marilyn Manson’s Character

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FX announced today that Sons of Anarchy Season 7 will premiere September 9.  The final season will kick off with a special 105-minute episode, followed by the live post-show Anarchy Afterword.  Hosted by Chris Franjola, Anarchy Afterword will air twice this year: once after the premiere and again after the series finale.

Additionally, FX released a new Sons of Anarchy Season 7 image that shows the new white supremacist character played by Marilyn Manson sitting across from Jax (Charlie Hunnam) in their orange prison jumpsuits.  Check out the first-look image and the press release with premiere details after the jump.

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