The series finale of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” is less than a week away, but some fans have already learned how the show ends after copies of the companion book, “Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition,” were shipped early to consumers and retailers.
The book was scheduled to be available for purchase the day after the finale (which airs Tuesday, Dec. 9, on FX), since it contains “personal messages and photos from the cast, in-depth behind the scenes information and detailed breakdown of episodes,” according to creator Kurt Sutter.
Sutter took to Twitter to vent his frustration over the leak and apologize to fans for whom the finale may have been inadvertently spoiled, posting a typically expletive-laden missive on Twitlonger:
It has been brought to my attention that our SOA Collector’s Edition Book has been sent out a week early by some distributors and book outlets. This book contains details about the final episode of the series. This, my friends, is a storyteller’s worst nightmare. I wanted this book to be a compliment to the show. It contains personal messages and photos from the cast, in-depth behind the scenes information and a detailed breakdown of episodes. It’s a smart, well-conceived book that I was very excited for the fans to have. AFTER the motherf—— finale. There are a thousand f—— people I can blame. And I assure you, by the time I am done, my f—— basket will be filled with heads of incompetent c—-. But as far as the fans go, the burden is on me. I f—– up. It was my idea for the book, so ultimately, I am to blame. So if you received a book, I apologize. I ask that you not share your wrath or pain or opinion in social media so as to not spoil the experience of others. There is no excuse for utter ineptitude. It pains me that this will be the parting memory of some fans. I hope you all tune in for the finale. It plays much better than it reads.
A spokesperson for Time Home Entertainment, the book’s publisher, told Variety, “As the publisher, we have a very strict embargo in place for the on-sale date of Wednesday, December 10, 2014. We have learned that a wholesaler has broken the embargo and released a limited quantity of books in advance of the on-sale date. While extremely disappointed, we are very proud of the book, which is a wonderful tribute to the show.”
The “Sons of Anarchy” series finale airs Tues., Dec. 9, at 10 p.m. on FX.