Is it possible to catch lightning in a bottle twice after coming off truly remarkable work. But not for most, leading to the dreaded “Sophomore Slump.” Kurt Sutter faced this fear back in 2008. After working as a writer, director, and producer for The Shield, his own series premiered a few months after The Shield’s seventh and final season. Would his show be as popular as his previous work?
The answer to that question is a resounding “Yes.” Sutter’s next show would be Sons of Anarchy and would cultivate a huge cult following with its engaging characters and intense drama. Critics also found themselves won over by the characters and the story, and the show currently holds an impressive 89% at rottentomatoes.com.
Following the emotionally-charged final season of Sons of Anarchy, the fans found themselves wanting more from the MC (Motorcycle Club) and its members. Sutter choose not to ignore these pleas and went to work on getting his audience what they want. Within in months of the finale, rumors of two new series’s surfaced. The first show was rumored to be a prequel focusing on the “First 9,” the original members who founded the club. A rumor has also surfaced that John Teller, Father of Sons of Anarchy main character Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), and founder of the club, will be portrayed by a big name actor. As if that weren’t enough, there is also talk of a sequel series that would focus on Jax’s son’s, Abel and Thomas.
The most recent news to break is that a third series set to in the Sons of Anarchy universe is being pushed through. This new series will focus on the rival motorcycle gang, The Mayans, who are led by Marcus Alvarez (Emilio Riveria). No word on if Riveria will be returning to his role as the leader but, considering the spin-off will focus totally on his group, it’s pretty safe to say he will be back.
Sutter is also keeping himself busy by working on another a new series that is posed to play to the fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Debuting later this year on FX, The Bastard Executioner looks to be just as violent and action packed as Sons of Anarchy, swapping pistols for broadswords. The story will be focusing on Knight of King Edward II, who wishes to walk away from the violence around him, only to wind up becoming an executioner.
With all the content that Sutter is putting out, fans won’t have to wait long for engaging drama mixed with intense violence. There might be some worry that the next series won’t be as entertaining as riding with the Sons but after watching that trailer for Bastard Executioner it looks like fans will have nothing to worry about on the road ahead.