Speaking recently with TV Guide, [Sons of Anarchy](series:201186) lead, Charlie Hunnam, gave us an idea of what to expect of Jax's mental state as we make our way into the final season.
Jax is in a very schizophrenic state...He's obviously very sad and vulnerable and broken with this huge amount of revenge and anger in his heart.
The main dramatic dilemma is that Jax is completely unaware that it was his mother who killed his girlfriend. He is trying to hang to what family and friends he has while searching for his revenge.
The relationship is similar, if not better than ever... This final betrayal and tragedy in his life has completely demolished any potential of him trusting anyone outside of his immediate circle. In all of the scenes, I've been trying to instill a little bit of that sense of, 'If you're not my mom, or my children or one of the Sons of Anarchy, you better look out.
Katey Segal, who plays Jax's mother, spoke in support of her character trying to explain the duality of her mental state and how a simple single thing has always been her driving force.
She is somewhat duplicitous at this point — not even somewhat... What's coming out of her mouth and what's going on in her brain are two different things. She has adjusted to the situation based on her basic instinct, which is to survive and keep her family together. That hasn't changed
Writer and creator Kurt Sutter then went on to speak retrospectively about the show. He touched upon the violence in the show and then about losing the characters we come to love.
I don't think anything we've ever done has been inorganic [or] unbelievable in terms of heightened circumstances and the players involved... It's not that my goal is to disturb people, but I want that reaction when beloved characters go away. I want people to be upset. When Opie was killed, people f---ing hated me. They didn't stop watching, but they were upset -- they had lost a friend. That to me means you're writing characters that are relatable, believable and people want to show up for each week. Which means, quite frankly, I'm doing my job
In a, quite frankly, unheard of set of circumstances, the studio let Sutter extend his episodes. In a few instances in the past he found it hard to cut certain scenes while keeping the story telling as strong as possible. He spoke with the studio who then had an internal conversation and they returned telling him not to cut his episodes and write to the characters. This, it has to be said, is pretty cool of them.
I no longer have the struggle going into the creative process [thinking], 'As I write this, what am I going to have to cut?'. I can write the episodes I want to write, and on an editorial level I'm cutting only the things that make it a better episode. That's the beauty of that. Now I'm able to turn out episodes that really are the best cut to deliver that story
Sons of Anarchy launches its final season on Tuesday September 9 on FX
Did you like the longer episodes in later seasons?