Let’s start this “Sons of Anarchy” season 6 article off here with what has to be one of the most massive of spoiler warnings out there. Don’t read if you haven’t seen the last episode yet, or you are in the United Kingdom, or whatever else. However, we do find it funny that so many people are complaining about Twitter spoiling the show for them last night. If you are on Twitter and follow fans of the show, you basically just need to grin and bear it.
Now, let’s turn here to dissecting what has been the question on our mind ever since the end of last night’s episode: What happened to Donal Logue being on the majority of the season? This was the original plan, but as creator Kurt Sutter explained in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, a change came when it came to his work on “Vikings” (where he is a series regular and contracted to appear) created the need for us to say goodbye to Lee Toric earlier than expected:
“Donal felt awful. We had set up this season-long arc for this character, and suddenly I didn’t have the actor. It’s just sort of the nature of the business, and so, what I always try to do when that stuff happens is say, ‘Okay, how do I turn a negative into a positive?’ That’s happened to us before where we lost actors and had to make changes, and ultimately, we managed to do it fairly seamlessly and sometimes it even works to the benefit of the show…. In Season 3, we couldn’t make a deal with the actor who played David Hale [Tyler Sheridan], so that character ended up going away, and what we were able to do is put a lot of that onto Unser [Dayton Callie], and that’s really what blew up that character. I’m so glad I was able to do that because he’s become such an integral part of the show.”
One of the ways in which Sutter plans to turn this around? Giving more to another new character in D.A. Patterson (CCH Pounder), who can contain many of those same qualities that Toric had minus some of the darker edges. She and Roosevelt can bring a different sort of feeling to the season the rest of the way, and based on what we know, there is plenty of great stuff ahead.
As for the death of another character this week in Sutter’s own Otto, he explained that it was really just time to see the character go, and it would have been unrealistic for the guy to just continue to get away with killing so many people behind bars:
“I just felt like Otto has killed so many f—ing people in jail at this point, I could not have him do some other horrific act of violence and not take a half-dozen bullets in the chest because it would have been too ridiculous for him to get away with yet another one. So, I was like alright. It’s time to go.”
Want to read more ‘Sons of Anarchy” scoop? Then click here to see what happens next week, and you can see our opinion on the bloodbath from “Wolfsangel” over here. Be sure to check back soon, as we will have even more scoop related to the show.