“Sons of Anarchy” has never shied away from controversy, and the Season 6 premiere episode, which airs September 10th on FX, is no exception. We don’t want to be a spoiler sport, but let’s just say the episode loosely mirrors a very violent, very tragic, real-life event.
“As much as I wouldn’t do something because it was controversial, I’m also not going to not do something because it’s controversial,” creator/executive producer Kurt Sutter told reporters Friday during FX’s presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles. As for the inauspicious timing, Sutter says he got the idea to do the story three years ago and was in no way influenced by current events.
Violence has always been a trademark of “SOA” and the sixth season continues that proud tradition. “There’s a lot of blood and guts in my show,” said Sutter. “But I feel like I’m not lying to myself when I say: Nothing is done gratuitously. The events that happen in the premiere are really the catalyst for the third act of this morality play we’re doing.” He adds a friendly warning: “Watch at your own risk and put your kids to bed.”
While audiences will have to wait to find out about all the fuss concerning the premiere episode, there is one bit of news Sutter is happy to share now: Nearly every episode in Season 6 will be super-sized. “There will be at least four episodes that are running six minutes longer,” he says, including the 90-minute season premiere. “FX has been great about not putting me in a box,” says Sutter.
The sixth season of “Sons of Anarchy” premieres Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10/9c on FX.