Is the plan changing for the endgame of “Sons of Anarchy“? For the time being, the answer to that is “no.” Creator Kurt Sutter has said for quite a while that the show is going to end with season 7, but he is at least continuing to keep his options open in the event that he either feels like there is an entirely new season that is needed, or at least a few more episodes that could push the order to around 16 or so.
Speaking at an Academy of Television Arts and Science even last night, Sutter made the following comment about how the show could continue longer than expected, after at first saying pretty much what we wrote above about season 7 being the planned ending for the series:
“I think if I got halfway through this season or at some point next season I felt like I couldn’t finish it, I’d probably be able to have a conversation with the network. … [However], I think after seven seasons I don’t know if we can maintain the rhythm and the pace that we’ve done, and I wouldn’t want to extend it and have it become something that it’s not. So my plan is still to finish it out in seven.”
Since we know that some of you have probably heard this answer before from Sutter, let’s turn instead to what is in our mind the primary headline from this panel: Jimmy Smits having the most hilarious and accidental moment of almost any “Sons of Anarchy” panel in recent history. This moment came following a question from moderator Meg Masters about if we have seen every side of Nero, and he commented with the following the really got the audience going:
“Oh no – not all shades of any other these characters. I mean, you have black and white, and then you have many shades of gray that go in between.”
It took a minute for Smits to realize just the pop-culture zing of what he said considering Charlie Hunnam and the whole mess known as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and then he promptly turned red almost like a teenager getting pantsed in high school. That wasn’t the only awkward moment of the night, either, as Sutter had to explain how he felt being at an event put on by the same people who do the Emmys, which he has been rather blunt about over the years in terms of his feelings with them over looking “Sons of Anarchy” and more specifically the incredible job that his wife Katey Sagal has done on the show.
You can watch the full panel if you have an hour-plus of time on your hands at this link; meanwhile, click here if you are curious in seeing our preview for the next “Sons of Anarchy” episode airing on Tuesday night.