Recently, Deadline took some time out to interview , the creator of Sons of Anarchy, who also plays Otto Delaney on the show.
Sutter's well known for being painfully honest and he didn't hold back - his interview poses a contrast with most bland, PR controlled sleb dialogues you get in the entertainment world. I've got a brutally shortened interview below, but it's well worth reading the original if you've got the time - it's long but brilliant if you're an SOA fan.
There's a few spoilers below, and while they're hidden behind a spoiler wall, the wall seems suspiciously transparent to me. So maybe if you haven't finished watching Season 5 or don't even want a hint as to where certain characters are headed plotwise in Season 6, don't scroll all the way to the bottom of this article.
Sutter on submitting Walton Goggins for the Emmys Best Guest Actor category for his transgender cameo:
You know, man, at this point, I'll kick down the Emmy door any way I fucking can. T-Girls, Best Fake Tits, Most Profound [redacted for Season 5 finale spoiler-y reasons]. I'm considering dressing Jax in a fur cap and replacing the Harleys with Golden Unicorns.
Sutter on Clay being 'beyond redemption' for all the terrible things he's done:
...it is always interesting when a character crosses that line and then tries to buy his way back from there and can't because he has passed that point. I think that happened by Vic Mackey in The Shield. By the end of that show, he crossed that point and while you still liked the dude, you understood he was going to have to pay.
Sutter on the 'tradition in screen criminals...[where] even when they are un-redeemable, they still think they are moral':
Jax is walking that fine line and he will have that moment in the next few seasons where he wonders if he's passed that fine line. And if he has, can he cross his way back? It was much easier in the first few seasons for his character and what he would and wouldn't do, because I always had the contrast of Clay to keep him on the right side. That's part of the mythology. Now, as they become part of the same individual, those shades are getting much closer.
On being marginalised within the industry and their lack of awards:
We are the dirty white boys people are afraid of, and so what you say may be true. I can laugh about it now, but after a first season of The Shield where we were recognized as being ground-breaking, all we heard on the awards circuit were crickets. To bring back the Batman analogy, we're not an art series, we're perceived as the big action violent series. And the same way Batman never gets the Oscar love because it's that summer blockbuster, we fall in the same category. They say forget Batman, let's look at the art stuff.
And finally a spoiler-tastic discussion if you haven't watched all of Season 5 yet with mild spoilers for Season 6:
On Opie's death: It was brutal, man, just brutal. As that character developed, as that actor took him down that road, made those decisions and gave those performances, I just got to the place and realized over the hiatus between Seasons Four and Five that, "Oh man, there's no place left to go with this guy. He's done." And then the light bulb goes on. The one that says "Oh, that's the inciting event that's going to bring my hero into our last act."...Yeah. I just had my sort of pre-season lunch with Charlie a few weeks ago where we kicked around the emotional broad strokes for Season Six. I told Charlie that one of the driving forces for what Jax will do, and his desire to stay plugged into the club and take the right road, is that he feels the burden and the guilt of Opie’s death and is not going to let that be in vain. It will be Opie saying, "You need to finish this ride." That will motivate him to do certain things so that A, Opie's death isn't in vain, and B, we feel Opie's presence throughout Season Six.
Sons of Anarchy Season 6 will debut on Wednesday September 11, 2013.