“I’ve learned that over seven seasons now, the looser I grip that idea, the better the seasons are, and this season really isn’t any different,” he said at the show’s panel at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Monday. Sutter also described his process of coming into seasons with larger blueprints for the story arcs and “mile markers” for the characters.
“I came in with how I wanted the season to end, but things change with different story ideas. So it’s always sort of been heading in the same direction, but the way I’m getting there is continuously changing,” Sutter said of the show’s upcoming seventh and final season.
Along with executive producer and director Paris Barclay, Sutter noted that it’s a challenge to develop “Sons of Anarchy,” though he doesn’t think the heavy stories are truly unbelievable even though they are set in extreme circumstances. Barclay described the dark episodes as “pulp novels,” and praised Sutter for the work: “I think one person trying to shoulder that is virtually impossible,” he said.
Sutter also commented on the upcoming, and seemingly out-there guest cast for season seven, which includes Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson.
“I like to do some casting that’s a little bit outside of the box,” remarked Sutter. He and Manson had met through mutual friends when Sutter learned that Manson is a fan. According to Sutter, Manson wore him down to get involved with the show. “We found a great role for him and he’s great.”
Throughout its run “Sons of Anarchy” has only been Emmy-nominated once, and has taken home one Golden Globe. Barclay believes the lack of accolades is possibly due to its very specific, biker gang genre, however the entire panel said that working on the drama is not about the awards. “It doesn’t matter. At all,” said Charlie Hunnam, emphatically.
The rest of the present cast nodded in agreement — the show is for the people who watch and enjoy it each week.
The seventh and final season of “Sons of Anarchy” will bow Sept. 9 on FX.