I know for most of you it feels like an eternity since you last saw the boys of Samcro, but for me it's been a spastic blink since we premiered season two. I can't believe we are here again. No wonder I'm aging so quickly. As I slide closer to the half-century mark, I often wonder, "Am I really this old? I was like 32 a year and a half ago. What the fuck happened?" I know this has nothing to do with this post, but I just caught a glimpse of myself in my window and saw my father. That's a whole different couch visit.
As I said in a recent post, if the season three premier retains all the viewers we picked up between seasons one and two, I will be very pleased. I'm very excited about this season of Sons. It will be a different viewing experience for fans and I hope a very satisfying one. Creatively, I feel sometimes shows fall into a trap in season three. Writers and producers often figure out what works in season one, expand on that in season two, then try to do it again in season three. Unless you're working from source material like True Blood (whose third season was fucking awesome), repeating what works, ultimately generates storylines that feel derivative and familiar. It would be very easy for me to repeat what worked in season two -- create some internal beef that provided intensity and tension within the club (Jax and Clay), bring in another big nemesis (Zobelle), throw those two conflicts at each other (Gemma's rape) and watch the blood flow. Yes, I'm sure it would be okay and people would like it. But ultimately, I would be cheating my own creative process and your dedication as well. I've learned that devoted fans are very sophisticated viewers. They know when they are being fed leftovers. Yeah, they may eat them for awhile, but eventually, they'll get bored and leave to feed on something more tasty.
As an artist, I try to stay tasty. I constantly challenge my process. To do that, you must take risks. You must be willing to move away from anything that feels like formula. That approach is in complete contrast to the way many networks think. They want familiar, they want you to repeat what worked. The adage, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, fuels the network development process. Unfortunately that philosophy is creative death and counterintuitive to generating compelling television. My favorite shows never felt derivative. The Sopranos, The Wire, Homicide, Hill Street Blues; those shows took huge risks. Some worked, some didn't, but they all expanded the scope of the show and in the long run made them better. That's my hope for Sons -- to continue to push the boundaries of the narrative, the absurdity of the world and the emotionality of the characters. I have no delusions that SOA will ever fall into the category of the above mentioned dramas, I only hope that the series never be called, "lazy".
So on this season of Sons of Anarchy, we expand beyond the emotional/geographical boundaries of Charming and our primary beefs, to divulge deeper mythological conflicts. The mythology revealed this season will serve as gasoline for the familial fires that will ultimately set our antiheroes ablaze. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I've enjoyed making it.
Please spread the word and join us on September 7th. As always, I deeply appreciate all your support.
Kurt - I have said this on your Facebook, Twitter and blog many times - You are a genius. But, even more important than that is you communicate openly with your viewers. That is something the public is not used to, and I think something that helps fuel the fire that is SOA.
It has become like a family. I just started re-watching Season 2 so I am caught back up on what happened and am primed and ready for Tuesday night. I have, and will continue to, pimp the hell out of the Season 3 premiere to everyone I can.
Thanks for being the best celeb/executive producer/actor/guy out there. You truly are one of a kind.
I wish it was on commercial tv in australia.Australian would embrace the 'Sons'
Your creative genius is one i don't believe will disappoint the fans of "Sons" and will leave us hungry again at the end of the season. Truly the best show on tv and so looking forward to this 3rd season!
Well Kurt sutter I think that as long as you push your creative boundries we will continue to follow your show. Thats one of the reasons I think it is such a success because we all have this wild side that can relate to the SOA on many different levels. Keep up the awesome work and I will continue to watch till the show ends. I really do think this is the best TV I have seen in forever.
I don't have TV, so I just saw Season 2 when it arrived on DVD two days ago.
Wonderfully well done - great plotting, great writing, great dialogue, great acting, good camera work. Bravo!
Your plans for season 3 sound great. I was actually wondering if Season 3 was going to fall into exactly the trap you describe - I've seen far too many shows (even shows that I love, like The Shield) fall into a pattern: new enemy rolls into town, then all the pawns and rooks move through exactly the same maneuvers as they did last year to resolve the conflict. The Shield recovered after a year or two of that (Aceveda is replaced by Glen Close is replaced by Forest Whittaker) and did something really great and original in the last season.
Your example of The Wire excites me - if that's what you're aiming at, as far as quality, even if you miss, you'll achieve fantastic things.
Keep up the great work, Kurt and all of the team.
P.S. I googled up the quote from the audiobook in the final episode of Season 2. The Dublin Review? 1886? Unreal! Speaking as someone who is both a practicing Catholic (a fairly conservative one, actually) and an anarcho-capitalist, it made quite interesting reading.
ireland calling.....you have a large dedicated fan base here and we are so looking forward to season 3, the irish connection is helping of course!!
1. "I like to stay tasty" lmao
2. The Sopranos, The Wire, Homicide, Hill Street Blues, Sons of Anarchy
There is no delusion there.
Can't wait for Tuesday.
Mr. S, you are still just a young thing! Take it from one who officially crossed the half-century mark, kickin' and screamin' - back in December (and STILL refusin' to admit to it)!
You've managed to ensnare a large fanbase with this show, due to a large component of factors - not just the great ensemble cast and the writin' - which is pretty damn great IMO. But it's a breath of fresh air that feels real in a morass of so-called 'reality' contest drek on the broadcast nets and fluff about celebs lives on some of the cable outlets. If Sons doesn't gain more viewers this season, it won't because there wasn't enough buzz among the fanbase.
Probably shared this with ya before, but you have my DH (Dear and/or Damn Husband, dependin' on my mood) to thank for my findin' Sons in the first place. He knew I liked Ron Perlman from his days on Beauty and the Beast and Hellboy. We became good friends because of a motorcycle wreck I had on lunchtime at the same job site we shared (he took me home cause my bike was totaled and I had various degrees of road rash injuries). He alerted me to the fact that Ron (he didn't even mention Kim, the blighter!) was on FX and check it out. I was hooked from the pilot.
Therefore, I have a large number of SOA fans that are cyber friends and belong to several message boards devoted to SOA. Those friends wouldn't have bene made without it. We share a main interest, but find that we have other interests as well. There hasn't been a bonding like this in my life since Classic Star Trek.
And all because of somethin' you created. Be proud.
You bet I'll be spreadin' the word and will be watchin' 7 September through the end of the Season.
Thank you for readin' my responses, tweets, and comments on FB, even when you don't have the opportunity to respond to 'em!
Can't wait to see what happens. (Sorry, just had to put in a little fangirl behavior).
This is an awesome blog post. I am so psyched for S3, that these next three days will be a sweet torture until Episode 1 graces my telly screen.( Then my addiction to your show will be fed once again!)
Thank you so much for bringing an extrordinary show to life! I will not miss one second of it! :-)
Man I can't wait. SOA is one of maybe three shows I actually keep up with.
"einuff" as the Irish would say, anticipation is brewing mad, cant wait for first take to show on my 47" HD and that distinct voice singing "this life" and makes my legs curl up on the couch by the time the verse hit "the crow flys straight...perfect line" and that soda will be mixed together with the chips full in my mouth while sync singing to the intro...and awe on this entertainment genius's work...thanks Kurt and your crew for S.O.A.
Been a fan since the day i saw the commercial advertising Sons for season one. Can't wait to see what great stuff you came up with.For me, Sons will always be up there with the Sopranos.Otto Rules.
Thanks for a truly great show!
Of course, I am thrilled that the new season is starting soon.
Also, don't sell yourself short. Your writing is amazing. It seems Tv has been getting a lot better lately, and your show is definitely at the top.
As for spreading the word, I am doing my best. Most people already know of the show and watch it. I know that it is up to us to spread the word. Definitely don't want the show to vanish because of low numbers of viewers. We (The viewers) won't let that shit happen! If some jerk-off does ever pull it, they will have hell to pay!
Stay cool, Brother!
We can't wait for Season three. In fact, we are getting the kiddos to bed so we can watch Season two tonight to get ready. SOA is absolultely my favorite show of all time. Thanks for all your hard work.
I've spent the last 24 hours watching sons season 1 and 2.(for the 5th time) i think ur amazing.and would leave my husband to be with charlie and all his glory..the show rocks and im glad you want to keep the show moving. no matter what i'll never call you or the show lazy..i cant wait till tuesday.
Looking into your creative process on this blog is the greatest gift you give us - the fans. I spread the word about the show too - I know this season will be a great ride. Thanks for all your creative work letting us into the lives of the club.
To me a great show is driven by the story. Yea the action is a plus and yea the half naked chicks are awsome, but ultimatly what keeps me on a show long term is the story. Sons for sure does that for me. The story you guys and gals tell week to week is what keeps me a dedicated fan. Im sure Season 3 will deliver just the same as Season 1 and Season 2 did. September 7th i will be glued to my tv 10 pm (est). Keep up the excellent work.
I cannot imagine anything else I'd rather be doing that watching the premier.. I'm in melbourne, Australia and the show is such a hit. We all love it, never met a person who doesn't like it to be honest. :) done a brillant job and congratulations. We love Samcro :)
can't wait for S3!! I've been pimping...err..recommending SoA to every freaking person I talk to..I'm now known as the SoA guy at work, which I totally don't mind!! Thanks for keeping the fans involved and btw the roundtable discussion on S2 extras was fucking awesome! (Even tho my question didn't get picked :-) ).
I've been waiting since the last moment of the season finale to see the season primere.
Thank you and everyone you've involved in this show's creation, bith and ongoing success.
Everything about the show is great - even the most hated characters are loved in their own way, just because they are so good at what they do. For the record, I don't hate any of the club members - just a certian female ATF agent haha Again, I love her, because she's so sleazy.
Kurt, I really do love this show and can see all the hard work and dedication that goes into it.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a beautiful piece of moving art.
Enough with the rambling and ass kissing :)
Counting down the days. . .
We are very very excited in Salem OR for the premire. We are planning a huge premire party at the bar I work for; Duffy's Hangar. Thanks for an OUTSTANDING show.
I look forward to the start of this new season and seeing what happens! SOA will always be on my list of shows to watch! I have watched Season 1 100 times on dvd and will season 2 this weekend to catch up before tuesday. I never get tired of it all.
The main thing I (asd a fan and person) appreciate about you, Kurt Sutter, is that you don't blow smke up our asses. You don't kiss ass, you don't sugar coat. Thank you. As always, when I see you have a new post, I read it in a hurry, go back and read it agian and then get lost in Sutter Ink for more than a few minutes. I might even admit to an hour...or more. Thank you...the world can suck. You (and the likes of you) can be my escape. My grealy needed, well deserved escape. (and on a different note, is Curtis' music a part of any soundtrck this season?) Keep on rockin' the truth, as you see it...a lot of us see it that way too. CSS
we're definitely ready for 3rd season & have lent out season 1&2 to friends to get them ready too!
Macomb illinois says FUCKIN BRING IT KURT!!!!!!!
Good luck with the opening...I have spread the word. Looking forward to this season....BTW I loved the "that's a whole different couch visit".
I love SOA and can't wait. I have loved it from the start and am glad to finally have a series that makes me feel gripped and wish I was living it. I am a huge fan, and am sure you have done the show amazing justice, and will not disappoint!!!
That's what I like about SOA- It doesn't have that tired formula of the other shows, it's unpredictable and creates the need to analyze, rerun, and watch the next showing to check my predictions.
Season 3 will be worth the wait, and I'm confident the viewer numbers will astound any critic.
There's not one biker forum I go to that doesn't have a SOA discussion somewhere!
I will enjoy the ride with Season 3 as much as Seasons 1 & 2.
I have just read your latest blog and I thank you for the update. I just received my Season 2 DVD today and I just put the first disc in and am about relive season 2 which by the way was awesome. I am axiously awaiting Tuesday, September 7 at 10:00pm on FX! I know it will be great! Thanks for always thinking of us fans.
Mr. Sutter, you just keep doing what you're doing. I wouldn't change a thing (except maybe Half Sack) but I'm sure you have reasons for that which will come out later. I have been a devoted fan since episode one and have every show on my DVR!!! Thank you SO much for writing this for your beautiful, talented wife. Keep up the fantastic work. And if the A***oles in Hollywood don't appreciate your talent and show, we the viewers do!
I am counting off the minutes until the season premiere. From the promos I have seen, I think this could be the best season yet.
Protecting one's family is a primal impulse that everyone can understand. The MC you have created is exactly that -- an extended family. So, it will be enjoyable watching these characters as they put aside their differences and unite in a common cause -- coming to the aid of a grief-stricken brother.
It also looks like you will reveal a little more of the back story on SAMCRO. This, for me, is one of the more intriguing subtexts to your story line. How was SAMCRO formed and what makes people choose that alternative lifestyle?
The outlaw MC life such an extreme expression of freedom and commitment that most of us with our secure, safe jobs can only wonder about and scarcely understand. I think the closest any of us come to this choice of lifestyle is service in the military. I think this is why so many MCs are started by, and hugely attract, veterans.
So, congratulations in advance for your success! You have created a compelling cast of characters and a riveting narrative. The black and white promotional photos are fantastic! Good luck with the numbers on your premiere.
I always enjoy your posts about your process, Kurt. I like having some insight into how the cake gets baked.
I also appreciate your dedication to keeping the audience on its toes. I've preferred this kind of show since ... well, the night I watched the first episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street." God, I loved that show.
I can't wait for Tuesday night.
Beyond excited! I've recruited 3 new fans, rented 1&2 for them all to watch, and know they're addicts like me. Loving a show this much reminds me of being a kid. As long as Sons is on, I'll keep my TV. It's appointment television for me. :)
You are too modest. SoA has surpassed every show you mentioned save The Wire.
Kurt, your an amazing writer man Sons is absolutely fucking phenomenal keep up the good work brother, I am so ready for season three to start, my copy of season two just arrived the other day been refreshing myself on everything.... once again keep it up man loving everything so far....
What you say about staying creative and avoiding predictability in order to stay 'tasty' is after my own heart, Kurt. I never felt compelled to post a reply, but I do now.
As a musician who is part of a certain scene and is often compared with an influential band within that scene (several times to the point of ridiculousness), I often get reactions that make me wonder about people's state of mind when they listen to music. I try to stay fresh, but all a lot of people want seems to be more of the same. Mediocrity seems to be the rule. My own music aside, when I see a band that's just going by the numbers and throwing together all the tired old cliches in the genre onto an album being hailed as 'the release of the year' (no, we're not talking GaGa or whoever), I scratch my head in bewilderment. I don't have the pretention to say I should be up there with the biggest of them, but like you, I at least know that I'm striving to be more than I was before in my music (and not just there). And witnessing such things as I just described irritate me, even though I realise there's fuck all I can do about it, other than doing it my way and hoping the audience will follow.
Artists - and you are one just as I am one - do what they do to express themselves to the rest of the world where simple conversation often cannot (being the idiots savants we often are), so in the first place, they do what they do for themselves. But at the same time, we strive to be recognized and appreciated. That's what makes it so hard to be an artist. We chose the art, not the bullshit that always seems to come with even the slightest bit of success, but we have to accept that it comes along with the art and that's the sacrifice we have to make, for better or worse. We can only hope that staying true to ourselves will pay dividends and the art will keep outweighing the bullshit. You're way ahead of me on that path, but you're also still keeping it true.
So personally, I can't wait for SOA to return - even if it will take a while longer here in my country - because I'm sure such a mindset will guarantee a lot of interesting creativity being poured into the show. And that's what attracted me to it in the first place. Keep us surprised, Kurt, no matter what the lowest common denominator would like you to do...
All the best,
Kurt, I am dialed in and the DVR is set to record. I won't miss an epi and none of my connected web of cronies will either. My FB profile has been busy tagging the "premiere links" and my little promotion machine is pegged to the red line. I may be a mere minion out here in the grand scheme of things but it's the street freaks like us that get this shit going viral. It's my hope that at the end of this season, I can be a pretentious dick to my little network of Facey-Spacey Tweetey-Twits and boldly proclaim," I Told you so!"
I'm kind of a dick that way, but the show deserves my efforts to promote it because good writing for TV is a dying art. I choose to put my efforts where the talent is. I'm not trying to "fellate" anyone here, I'm just pushing my little packages of tender knowledge to the masses so that they can savor the real good shit that gives us true viewing pleasure. Most of that other shit out there is synthetic garbage that's been stepped on over and over again by the suits in studios, offices and demographic gleaning factories. Since the traditional media machine seemingly can't distinguish the difference between quality entertainment and somniferous shit, I feel that it's our duty as fans of the show to get our lazy asses out there and peddle it to the masses who aren't getting the message. Power to the sophisticated viewers! Thank you!
Two days and counting! Seasons one and two were so thrilling and full of drama. Most definitely not "lazy". I'm positive the new season will meet my expectations as a dedicated and fanatical soa maniac. I am intrigued to learn the history of the redwood originals and see how the VP rectifies his situations. Great job as always! Keep 'em comin'.
Hey I read your blog and your right you can only feed the masses the same stuff so long before they look for something more fitting. Season 1 is an accomplishment in itself and season two complimented on that. I have liked the story line and characters very much. Ya maybe you wont be up in the catergories of some of your favorites which are mine too. But keep pushing my man, Alot of life is about timing and now is your time to shine!! You can still stick to your storyline with characters and still change things up theres alot to cover in the outlaw world of Motorcycle clubs so you got room to move. Just keep Up the Good Work and stop and Smell the Roses. Shit Man you got a hit TV show. I know for a fact more and more people will be watching and looking forward to this upcoming season. So If you play your cards right you still got room to move. I love the show and hope for many more a seasons. But forever how long it last remember you've experienced greatness and thats not an average thing. So Rock on My Man and relax in the fact that youve made it where so many have failed before. Youve come this far . Stars the limit my friend!! Jake Gonzales
Kurt, your work is an amazing piece of television, that's the kind of work that makes me explain to people that some tv series are even greater masterpieces than most movies. I've been a fan of Sons for a while now, so don't worry that people will be disappointed by your choice to take the story elsewhere, there's so much soul in your work that even if it was happening in bloody Seattle, that would be just as awesome.
Thank you Kurt, for inspiring all of us everyday.
My husband got me into this show!!! He started watching this show and he told me I should check it out and I was like I'm bot into biker redneck stuff sorry! Then I got bored one night and sat down to watch it and I got hooked I started watching season 2 and I'm loving this show!!! I ended up buying season 1 and I just got finished getting caught up on season 2 so I'm so ready for the new season!!! I hope you have Bobby Elvis in this season!!! You are such a genius creating this series its AMAZING and now officially my #1 favorite show!!!
Kurt, so refreshing to hear and read this from you. You are correct in assuming that your audience would not be interested in re-hashed story lines. I have been eagerly anticipating the return of S.O.A, and will certainly be watching on Sept7. Good luck with the show, it is fantastic. Paul Felt..Detroit
Any news when we're getting 3 here in blighty!!! words getting around here as well roll on series 3.
And keep up the refreshing insight into all things Hollywood! The age thing is bollox! 55 next year look in the mirror and sometimes wonder what happened but you always have your memories and me being born 29th Feb I'm still a teenager !!!!!
Take care of that women of yours as well
Hooked on the sho since day one! Being around the bike club scene makes it that much more exciting, but having turned friends onto the show that have never even been in or around bike clubs, even better...Keep up the great writing!
Yours is the first show that ever really made me say outloud, "I can't wait until next week to see what happens next" Thank you for creating a true dramatic series with believable characters who are not charicatures. Great cast, great storylines, real entertainment. I hope you continue to have the desire to expand on the Sons for many seasons to come.
All I can say Kurt is I'm waiting to exhale, but hope I never do. That means the element of surprise and awesomeness of this show is never-ending. You are a genius. Thank you for offering this. It has been the best thing, for me, since The Shield.
Love you guy. ;-Dolla
I am a 50 year old mother of 4 sons and wife of a firefighter. The very first show caught me hook line and sinker. I just wanted to say I love the Sons. Please continue doing what you are all doing and I will continue to move hell and high water to watch every Tuesday night at 10. Again thank you all and continue, continue.
As long as the cast doesn't break out in song (a la Laughlin) or break the 4th wall I think SOA will do fine.
i can't f'ing wait. SOA is the best show on TV & if everything you've been saying pans out it's only going to get better. here's hoping season 3's numbers blow season 2's out of the water.
you can add "the shield" in your list!!
Europe loves SOA!!! Katey "Gemma" is the best! smart, sexy, beautifull! and kick asses of macho men!! i'd like to be like her!:)
wish you the best!
in french we say "bonne merde pour la suite" :)
Retain viewers? I don't think you have ever lost "a viewer" I am a true believer that if you try "SOA" you will never be free on a Tuesday night again, and will be addicted to the "family". My goal is to bring more fans to SOA weekly. You make it very easy, all I have to do it get them to watch once.
I received my season 2 DVD on Saturday and finished watching it at 10:00 last night. Season 2 was awesome as I am sure Season 3 will be. I loved the gag reel at the end, which you need to show more of on Season 3 DVD. Loved the round table with the cast answering fan's questions. I forgot how intense Season 2 was. One more day until Season 3 premier and I can not even begin to tell you how axious I am to see Season 3. You are a true genious. And I agree with one of the comments made on Season 2 DVD that this show will be remembered for a long time. Thank You for putting a show on tv that is worth watching and should be nominated for every award out there!
Fuck this is killing me! Anyone know where I can rent some Cara Cara videos to pass the time? Otto rules!
Just picked up Season 1. Learned about Son's after reading about your's and Charlie's Emmy comments.
Kurt, after seeing the first episode of season three at the premiere party, I can honestly say everyone is in for a head cracking season here. It was an honor to be there, thank you very much BTW. It was beyond compelling. I left there wanting more as soon as the closing credits ran.
You have created a show that so many of us can relate to on a personal level. When I hear people talking about SOA they invariably say, " hey bro, that's me, that's my story."
It seems to encompass everyman. I am so excited for you and the cast at the success you are enjoying. I know it will blossom into a full blown solid oak tree for sure.
You rock bro.
I must say Season 2 was among the best series of television that I have watched in years. In fact I got the blu-rays and watched the whole season with my 63 year old parents over Labor Day. They are now going to "Stay up late to watch the Sons".
Bravo, and keep up the good work.
I cannot WAIT for tonight's broadcast! You are a creative genius, Kurt, and with the rest of your brilliant team you've created a show every bit as deep and thrilling and significant as those shows you listed above. No one gave The Wire its due for a long, long time, and SOA will be recognized for what it is by the larger public before the end.
SOA came into my life when I was very down, living abroad and in an unhappy job, and it lifted my spirits more than I can say. With Season Three arriving just as I'm making my own change of course, I can only say thank you a million times over and I can't wait to see where it takes us this time!
I can't wait how season 3 is put together. You are a creative genius kurt and I don't think that you will disapoint the fans. I am glad that you are keeping your head up and going with your gut feelings as far as the storylines and character arcs are concerened.
Looking forward to the Premiere Kurt!
SOA could never dissapoint me! It's original, it's fresh and, well, fucking amazing. I really enjoy the fact that you, Kurt, can appreciate other shows and actually be inspired by them. This is pretty amazing for today's writers I have to say. What's more, you do understand viewers' needs and I'm deeply grateful for this as I can enjoy myself in front of a TV screen every week and love the show more and more every second time. And I know I won't be ever dissapointed.
The Most Charismatic picture of all time! OMFG!
Fucking brilliant! Left me speechless. Great job Kurt. By far the best show on TV. Looking forward to the rest of the season.
Wow! That was one hell of a season opener. The last five minutes alone had my heart racing! I'm on the edge of my seat for what's to come.
Kurt,SAO Season 3 premire was simply amazing, espeically the ending, I teared up it was just so hard to watch. My oldest dies when he was four (he would 18 1/2) right now. The emotion from Jax, Clay, tara and everyone is right on. Dead or stollen this hurts like hell and you want to kill anyone and everything that had to do with it. Thanks for the great show!
You should be really proud of what you've created...an Amazing show that actually gives the good with the bad, it's nice to have a show where things don't always turn out the best for the home team(SOA)but in the end,it results in genius. Can't wait to see what's next for Sons this season. Congrats!
I gasped at the end!! I'm so upset about Hale right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why do you do this to me, Sutter! Why?!?
Holy hell, Kurt. I get that this is meant to be DRAMA (uppercase), but the season opener dove towards classical Greek tragedy. I was waiting for someone to wail and rent their clothes. "Up next on FX, 'Medea'!"
Looking forward to Season 3 with bated breath, but hopefully I won't have to gobble antidepressants to withstand it.
That being said -- fucking ecstatic that the Sons are back. TV's been too boring without it.
Wow man, just wow. I'm sure you're flooded with comments right now, but holy SHIT was that awesome.
I didn't think you could top the season 2 premiere, and just kept waiting and waiting until finally you did. You, sir, are a television GOD!
I have both 1 and 2 on BRD, and you can bet your ass I'll pick up 3 as well when it's ready. Would be nice to get a 'full season' of SOA though, so this waiting stuff doesn't get insane.
Thanks for the awesome shit you've put out in this series so far, you rock man!
Mr. Sutter, I bow to you. I don't think you need to worry about season 3. Last night's premiere was incredible. I wanted to watch it again as soon as the credits rolled. Thank goodness it's saved to my DVR! Keep doing what you do best-entertain the fuck out of us!
Watched it on the edge of my seat the entire time. My measures for television, as a viewer, are the same that you list as yours, as a producer, director and writer. They were high water marks, and SOA can, at this point, in just one epi of S3 put itself right there with them. The emotional arc of Jax alone, and his relationship with Clay, would have been awesome, but managing to foreshadow every character's season in the final 5 minutes was incredible. Kudos for Katey for giving Gemma another dimension that was completely unseen up until now, and the ride you're getting ready to take Tig on, all I can say is "oh shit".
My measure of any writer or director is how emotionally involved I am in a character, and killing Hale made my stomach turn, and in television world, that's a good thing. I had grown to like him somewhat, as a character he had sorted out the difference between the law and justice, and begun to understand how deep his bonds were with Jax and Opie, all having grown up at the same time, and in the end, he always did the right thing. Watching Piney grow and begin to assert himself as a character in the Charming world is fun. Kurt, you're better than you give yourself credit for, and highly talented dude. Keep on rocking.
Premiere was amazing! A slow simmer into a tremendous, explosive boil over.
You are truly demented in ways I can only dream of being ;-)
I've always said FX would never be able to top "The Sheild" but you are firmly on your way. (Love that "Lem" is coming in full time to SOA)
Can't wait to see what happens next...
I can't even put into words how amazing the premier was! I stayed up way late because I couldn't miss it and it was so worth the 4 hours of sleep I got last night! I can't wait until next week as well as the rest of the season!
I saw the premiere and I wish the ratings in Canada counted for you. I was completely drawn in and stayed there for the whole show. Despite what some assholes have to say it was well worth the wait for me and I didn't have to wait as long as the people there following from the beginning as I watched S1 and S2 in one weekend at the start of the summer. I do have a question for you though and I'm not sure how you are with them here or if this is the place for it but I was curious.
Do you find it easier to pack a 13 episode season that is high intensity and moves quickly than a 23-26 episode season where you would prolong the storylines?
I'm a total SOA addict and can't wait to see how it unfolds.
Asshole! You killed my boyfriend, for just no reason! It's almost like a set piece: Let's get a good looking guy - an unaccountably beautiful man - and just run him over. Run him down, drag him, back up and do it again. And it'll just be a random crime. Next time we write a new show, let's do that. Let's have a show where we can just out of the blue, no reason, just splatter a great-looking guy under the wheels of some huge car. It has to be random, so just wait, be sure everyone sees how beautiful he is, then maybe season 3, just run him over like a roadkill.
p.s. Wow! had my hands clamped over my mouth all the way through the credits.
Loved the first episode last night.Completely agree with your assessment on season three problems that most shows run into. Can't wait to see the rest of the show. Keep up the good work.
I have gotten so many people hooked on SOA! You are an amazing writer. I was not expecting the season premiere to go off like that! We were yelling at the TV!
I write about SOA a lot in my blog because it hits so close to home. My dad was very involved in the biker lifestyle so seeing a show that closely resembles what his life might have been like is addicting and intriguing. You have a bunch of life long SOA enthusiasts here in OC, CA. Thanks for doing such a good job and for being a genuine person with an affinity for truth.
Hey man, I know how it feels when the fifty comes up....
Just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed SoA thus far, and can't wait for the third season to air in the UK.
I loved the way you grew the concept during the second season- it's a show that has its own, slightly-skewed-but-believable mythology hardwired into each episode in the way that only the great shows have.
I'm envious of your talent, Mr. S. Very envious indeed.
I admit Gemma's rape pushed me away from Season 2. Wasn't ready for that when it aired, but bought both 1 and 2 on blu so I suck it up because I enjoy the show so much and won't give up on it no matter how uncomfortable it gets.
For Season 3, I am very much looking forward to the mythology of Samcro. I love character back stories and am very curious to see the club's past and how this will affect the present...
And, yes, I wouldn't mind a lot more Opie this season. In fact, I'd love to see Ryan Hurst do a lot more.
Was floored by the last two minutes in the season 3 premiere. I just hope you consider killing off Agent Stahl and soon. I credit you, the writers and Ms. Walker for being the absolute worst product of the law I've ever seen on tv. I really want her character to die a very painful death. Maybe Otto, Opie and Gemma can pull that off ;)
Anyway congratulations and keep pushing the boundaries.
I'll be there...
An incredibly invigorating way to begin another season to say the least. The wait was way too long and I'm already fired up for the next episode. Even stayed up late (east coast) to watch the encore. While the premier wasn't perfect (see: season 2 finale) it was still better than anything else on television (cable or otherwise). The mix of the ending scene with the music made for an incredible rush, much like the scene from last season before the big outdoor brawl with the skinheads...great work by all involved...great writing, acting, music
Kurt.... WOW!!! Season 3's first episode was truly amazing. I had been looking forward to seeing where the Able story line would take me. I too am a new father, and Seeing Jax fall apart and the pull himself together and make the "statement" to the club in the street at the end was completely on the money. If the rest of the season is like this you will be assured of not only attracting more new, but also avoid the season 3 slump most franchises run into. The biggest compliment I can think to give you is saying "Thank You!" for making it worth the wait. (At least so far)
I have watched the premier 3 times since yesterday. What a way to start a new season! Of all the shows I have watched I can't think of any that could beat out that premier. Finally Tara has found her voice and is not afraid to use it. I am one of those type of women. I don't hold back. She has finally figured out her place and it is with Jax. I thought Gemma's part last night was a bit commical something we have not seen Ms. Sagal do in season 1 or 2. Charlie as Jax last night was intense. Very good acting on his part last night. Loved the shower scene. Can not wait to see the hunt for Able and to also find out what is going on with Tig and Kenny Johnson's character. Thanks for such a great show. I live for Tuesday night's at 10:00. I don't take my sleeping pill until 11:00 so I can stay awake to see the show. Yes, I DVR it but still have to watch on Tuesday night. Great work with episode one. Looking forward to an awesome season 3.
I was afraid things were going to get cheesy in a soap opera kind of way when Abel was kidnapped. I should have know better. The talent of the creator, writers, cast, and crew are too good to let things go south. SOA is the best show on TV, bar none! Kurt, thank you for telling the most compelling story on TV.
3.01 blew me away! From the way Charlie Hunnam played a devastated Jax (also mad props to the make-up dep. for making him LOOK like he's been through hell&back) to the gutt-turning death of Dept. Hale. Awesomeness. Can't wait for next week, you have been missed on my tv ;o)
Kurt, I'm sorry but I have to say it. I LOVE YOU!!! Your women ALWAYS kick ass and your Jax is TO DIE FOR!!! You're simply brilliant, thank you SO much for bringing the best show on TV to life!
Holy balls! Hale! Noooooooo!
Dying to see where Jax goes with this.
Dying to see what Gemma does next.
Dying, dying, dying to know Kozic's history with Tig. DYING.
I don´t know where else to ask you this. I really love sons of anarchy and would really like to do a mail interview with you for my swedish movieblog. Is that something you would consider doing?
Should I send this question somwhere else?
The site is www.onyanserat.se
I love this entry, but then again I love most of your blogs. I have yet to be disappointed.
I was there for Sons on Tuesday. The episode had a slow start, which I didn't mind, just didn't expect. However, the pace picked up and you went out with a bang!!!
I look forward to watching season 3unfold.
That was an outstanding opener. Gemma reuniting with her dad was a thing of beauty. And the end - holy shit! SAMCRO forever.
Admittedly I've been a closet fan since the beginning. That being said I took stock of the other motorcycle related programming I have to choose from. OCC--gimme a break, 4yrs past being even sort of relevent and don't get started on the lameness of it anyways. And the new Taco Bell commercials...thats about the motorcycle related programming besides Sons. I take the show for what it provides. I know the real world lifestyle that it portrays, and I can seperate the differences. I don't use Sons to keep me up on how real 1%ers live no more than I watch the Office to see how office personnel live. It's entertainment based on a subject that I happen to love dearly..Motorcycles. Thanks for the outlet to rant or rave Kurt. The show is good, your blog is entertaining and no offense but your ol lady is f**king hot!!. One last thing though whoever made the show lead ins or whatever you call em...put a video of a damn triumph..please change it to an H-D at least. Take care.
Fantastic opening episode. Great new setups, new characters, new variables; so many things can happen. I'm loving it all over again.
Since I'm living in Dubai and have no clue when S3 will come here, I bought it on iTunes. I did it the legal way. Everyone making this show deserves it.
Just saw the season premier... DAMN. I cried through almost every minute. No, I'm not a biker chick, and yes, I watched it alone.
Absolutely no conflict to cast from this direction. Except... Why the FUCK do I have to wait another week to see the next episode???
Love to you all from the other side of the world...
Wanted to share this with you as People Magazine very rarily writes about SOA. 09/20/10 issue on stands now.
3 Star Rating: I probably couldn't give my heart wholly to this blood-spitting, bone-crunching drama about a motorcycle gang unless they rode tricycles. Grit gets me down. But it's a good show, powerfully acted--especially Katey Sagal as tough mama Gemma--and true to its convictions. The new season starts with Gemma's boy Jax (Charlie Hunnam)barely able to mind the road: He's devastated by the kidnapping of his infant son. These people can be sentimental. Just don't expect nice. No no no.
I have to say that this is the first time I remember People doing a review on the show!
I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU AND YOUR CREW FOR TAKING TELEVISON TO A DIFFERENT LEVEL. YOUR CREATIVE ABILITIES CONTINUE TO SURPRISE EVERY EPISODE AND IT HOLDS TO A REALITY PEOPLE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. IF YOU WOULD EVER LIKE TO EXPAND ANY WORK TO THE SOUTH; IN PATICULAR SOUTH LOUISIANA, YOU HAVE RESOURCES AWAITING.
Amazing premiere - had me on the edge the whole time - great performances by everyone - esp. Jax. My son died when he was 20 in an accident where a truck ran a light and killed him - I swear I was like Jax - only for five years in the "not move" state and then forever after in the anger state. I've somehow managed to live on. You got it spot on. Thank you.
Great first episode!..the ending was awesome!
Life is an infinite line of zombies. Creativity is an infinite list of ways to kill them. Killing them is an infinite line of smiling humans.
I just watched Seasons 1 & 2 back-to-back and I think it's pretty good apart from one thing - The Belfast Connection.
I'm sitting here, with the sound of marching bands streaming in through my window. I'm in Belfast. I grew up here, and there's one thing that all American shows cannot do - the accent.
Geographically (and geography reeeaaallly does matter here) the accents jump around - "I grew up in South Armagh" - No you didn't, son, you're American and you've just totally destroyed my suspension of disbelief.
The other accent crime is that there seems to be a default American view of Irish sentence intonation - Each line is delivered in the same way, leading to emotionally monotone characters.
It jumps off the screen just how much affection you have for your characters, and if Belfast is such a big part of their history (and Season 3) I implore you to make it genuine! I read that you're shooting in Belfast so hire a vocal coach, or drop in to the BBC/UTV news rooms and pick up some talking heads footage.
Maybe this isn't such a big deal for someone making a show for a primarliy American audience, but consider the reverse - Would 'The Wire' be held up as a benchmark if Stringer Bell sounded like a Londoner? Of course not...
Tears fallen from my eye at the end of the episode.
I have been a tv critic for rock/entertainment mags. I totally get the wide array of influences on SOA, from Hamlet to Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill. I do love your show. Most of the actors don't even feel like they are acting, a rarity even with so-called greats. I forget time and place when watching SOA.
If a few critics don't like the show, think of it this way: you certainly don't feel compelled to let everyone in your home, do you? People see through bad criticism, whether for movies, tv, restaurants, music. Some people purposely patronize the dislikes of weak ass critics...I know I do!
Well, I`m watching a lot of TV shows, and I just want to say "Thank you" for creating SoA. There`s no other show around that touches me like this, truely on of the best shows ever made. TV entertainment on it`s highest level.
The first episode was very moving. When I saw Charlie sitting on the floor, it brought to ming a song I heard by Willie Nelson " Somebody Pick Up My Pieces. I'm Scattered everywhere. Keep going Kurt. You and the cast and crew have so much support.Plz be encouraged.
Tig is awesome. The oil scene was classic!
Can't wait to see King on the show.
Kurt- Why does Jax wear sneakers? Wardrobe needs to get him some kick ass boots. Regardless, I LOVE the show! Great work!
Jax has his own style, the sneakers are straight pimpin! Let the other og's sport the boots.
The more of your blogs I am reading (tonight is the first time I've visited) the more I am in love with the show. The more you talk about what you want for the show, the more I can't wait to watch each episode! To hear that you have a seven season plan is amazing, and I fully expect to see all seven seasons. Thank you for not regurgitating the same old bullshit. For giving something that pushes how we feel, not just how your characters feel! It's more than a show at this point. I hope you are okay with that!
I'm just wondering if the SOA season 3 belfast theme song is available on itunes or if your going to release a season 3 soundtrack ?
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