A dark, violent twist at the end of Sons of Anarchy‘s Sept. 10 Season 6 premiere took center stage Friday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour, with series creator Kurt Sutter conceding that the event will likely raise a few eyebrows.
Choosing his words carefully so as not to outright spoil the episode, Sutter — who was joined by series stars Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal — told reporters, “I’ve wanted to do that story for about three years. I know obviously that it would be somewhat controversial, but I feel like as much as I wouldn’t do something because it was controversial, I’m also not going to do something because it is [controversial]… It’s an organic story to our world; thematically it’s the right fit.
“I will also say that there’s a lot of blood and guts in my show — it’s a signature of the show,” he continued. “But I feel like nothing is done gratuitously. This is a story that’s not being done to be sensational… It is truly the catalyst for the final act of our morality play. It sets everything in motion for this season that will ultimately lead to the end that then will bring us into the final season and what I see as the ultimate comeuppance of everything in terms of the series.”
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Sutter, meanwhile, once again confirmed that the show’s seventh season would be its last. “I have an idea of what the final shot is,” he teased, “and I hold onto it loosely. If that’s what it ends up being, that’s what it ends up being. For me, I need that marker to go towards and then I’m led to the right place.”