When “Sons of Anarchy” season 6 premieres on FX Sept. 10, viewers should prepare for a shocking scene that’s guaranteed to be disturbing. Series creator, Kurt Sutter, defended the hot button topic of having a school shooting by a young boy in the series first episode.
At a press event last Friday week, Sutter said he’d been contemplating something like this for three years. He added that the shooting will be a “catalyst for the third act of this morality play we’re doing.” He said this “Sons of Anarchy” scene in season 6 will lead to the “ultimate comeuppance.”
“I’ve wanted to do that story for about three years,” Sutter said. “I knew it would be somewhat controversial, but I feel like as much as I wouldn’t do something [just] because it was controversial, I’m also not going to do something because it is controversial. …There’s a lot of blood and guts in my show – it’s a signature of the show. But I feel like nothing is done gratuitously. …I am not trying to make a statement. This is a story that’s not being done to be sensational.”
It doesn’t seem like the best type of scene to run with given what took place in Newtown, Conn. last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 26 children and staffers were killed. This will no doubt generate headlines when it airs next month. “Sons of Anarchy” isn’t known for its tame storylines, after all.
Does creating the “ultimate comeuppance” really require a school shooting?