You have to love the sort of freedom that FX gives “Sons of Anarchy” showrunner Kurt Sutter. Not only does he often get to make the content that he wants, but he also does not have to frequently worry about trying to cram all of his story until 42 minutes, the standard length for the everyday scripted drama.
In a recent video, Sutter explained that episode 9 (which you can find a bit more about here) is going to be 75 minutes long; in addition to that, every episode moving forward from there is going to be 90 minutes long. It’s not clear if Sutter was including commercial breaks in here, or if these are going to be this length without the ad time factored in. Either way, it’s exciting in the sense of being able to do that much more with the episodes.
Sutter claims that it really was not originally the plan to have the final five acts of the season really be longer than any of the others, but this ended up being the case after sitting down in the cutting room and looking at of the story that is going on right now when it comes to Jax, Gemma’s breakdown, Damon Pope’s reign over SAMCRO, and what is going on with Clay and the home invasions. It’s also understandable why FX would give the show more time, thanks largely to it being their highest-rated scripted series in the 18-49 demographic.
Do you like it when “Sons of Anarchy” gets a little bit longer, or do you prefer your show to be a bit more compressed? Be sure to share your thoughts below, and you can also watch the promo for Tuesday night’s new episode here. We will of course have more scoop moving forward, so stay tuned.