Sons of Anarchy Season 5: Sins of the Fathers, some thoughts, interview excerpts
By April MacIntyre Aug 1, 2012, 5:30 GMT
Season five of "Sons of Anarchy" will bring the chickens home to roost. Fans know what Tig (Kim Coates) did last season, and with all the hoopla over the casting of that plum role of Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau), Oakland kingpin - shit is gonna get real right out of the gate for the SAMCRO gang.
Sons of Anarchy fifth season debuts on Tuesday, September 11th at 10:00. It will air on Tuesdays at 10:00 for 13 weeks.
Season five of "Sons of Anarchy" will bring the chickens home to roost. Fans know what Tig (Kim Coates) did last season, and with all the hoopla over the casting of that plum role of Oakland kingpin Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau), the shit is gonna get real right out of the gate for the SAMCRO gang.
The sins of the Fathers are visited upon the sons, or in this MC tale, it may be the daughters who pay, according to showrunner Kurt Sutter.
Sutter foreshadowed much tsores (troubles) for the MC and for our borderline hot head who's already consumed with guilt over executing Opie's wife Donna, and who still has sublimated feelings of lust for Gemma (Katey Sagal).
Tig's an even hotter mess.
Last season our Tig mistakenly killed Pope's daughter, and now his daughters Dawn and Fawn might be in big trouble according to the interviews coming out of Comic Con and the panel this past Saturday at the TCA's.
Let's talk about season 5 in a purely speculative sweep.
In numerology, the number 5 loves pleasure and needs to watch over-indulgence and impulsiveness. This impulsive nature allows 5 to enter a situation and be able to discard it just as easily. The 5 energy does not hold onto anything that creates monotony in their life. The 5 abhors routine and a dull, monotonous occupation is 'death' to them.
This numeric vibe is right on the money for this season, after seeing the first two episodes.
The series continues to be the highest rated series in the network’s history, thanks in great part to Kurt Sutter's clever casting, writing and blending of stories to keep fans on the edge of their seats. His wife Katey Sagal portrays one of the best female characters ever written for the TV, and our Gemma in season 5 has never looked better as she lays waste to men and keeps her family close.
Guest stars Danny Trejo, Harold Perrineau and Jimmy Smits also make for a delicious trio of badass alpha males this season.
One critic asked Sutter about the end of days for SAMCRO.
"My sense of where the show will end up includes definitely includes Jax and perhaps Gemma and Clay..." said Sutter. "I don’t know ...I guess my short answer to that is yes. I don’t think the show continues without Jax because I believe it’s his journey. But I think as we come into Season 5 and really, I’ve said this before, it’s really the first season I’ve had to have a very clear sense of what my end game is, because I realize that this season now, I have to write to that end game."
"I think the stakes get higher with each season. The circumstances get more dire. The wreckage gets deeper, and I think as a result of that, you know, things will change. And I know that sounds ridiculously cryptic, but I don’t quite know how that all will fall apart, but I know that eventually it will. But the show is the prince’s journey, so there is no show without Jax."
The casting of “Damon Pope” was one of the hottest acting prizes to snatch up, and he spoke about the casting of Harold Perrineau.
Sutter said, "I always I look at a character and try to have an understanding of what that archetype is, and then I think in terms of what’s the most interesting way to cast that archetype, and usually it’s going against what the expectation might be. So for me, the character of Damon Pope was a guy who had come out of the streets and really changed the perception of who he was. And I think I wanted a guy that had the ability to have refinement, to show some kind of vulnerability, and I knew that I wanted an actor who could play all those levels, that you would believe him in a suit and tie standing in front of a city council meeting, at the same time as somebody that had the depth and the ability to turn dark and to do some of the heinous things that he clearly does in the first couple of episodes."
The questions about Kim Coates' Tig arose, as the expected reaction from Pope is going to be swift and fierce.
According to Sutter, "...we set up that dynamic last year with Tig and his daughters, and it’s one of those things that’s part of the beauty of what we get to do, is that what can begin as a clever joke in Season 2 when he talks about his daughters Fawn and Dawn — which, to me, was just a weird, quirky Tig thing — to ultimately thinking, well, maybe we should see Fawn and Dawn and to developing that as we did last season, and then coming into this season where I realized Tig just killed someone’s daughter. How do we retaliate against that?"
"So it’s one of those things that, when you take a step back, it looks like you planned it out. And as usual, I kind of stumbled into it. But I always knew Kim had that range. All these guys up on this stage have the range to do all those things, and when you have a character like Tig, who we’ve seen go through so many big swings in terms of the things that he’s done, and even last season where we saw the ramifications of perhaps the things that he had done for Clay chew away at him, that it just seemed like a good segue into at least beginning that season with stripping him down and breaking him a little bit. And then the rest of the season it opens up an interesting dynamic with Tig and now Jax to perhaps have Jax kind of rebuild him to a certain extent."
The troubles with Chuck Zito were also openly discussed on panel, as Sutter expressed his remorse for the things he had written about him.
"...that whole thing blew up, obviously, in the middle of Season 2 at the height of my the pressure of the show. We weren’t quite a hit yet. We were on the edge. I had just been there had been a couple other claims of people that I was stealing ideas...And my the blog that I wrote about Chuck was horrendous. I completely humiliated the dude and which if you know Chuck, is just insane to do in the first place. I felt really bad. And the truth is, as the process of that was going on and I had to go in and do deposition ...I realized that I completely mischaracterized Chuck and that it wasn’t about him being a parasite. He truly felt he was wronged. He truly felt he had a legitimate case...and I felt bad. I’m very truthful on Twitter and in my blogs, but I’m also the first one to admit when I’m wrong and to fix it. So when the case got thrown out, I had lunch with him. And we sat down, and talked almost three hours...he actually showed up to lunch wearing a Sons of Anarchy cut that he borrowed from Charlie Sheen, whom I had given one to. So when I saw him in the cut come to me at the table, I thought, 'This is either really bad and he’s taking complete ownership of the show, or it’s really good and he’s a superfan.' And it was really good."