We are only a few months away before Kurt Sutter’s upcoming show, Mayans MC, premieres on FX. The Sons of Anarchy spin-off centers on the story of the gang’s newest prospect, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (J.D. Pardo), and is set after the events in SOA. How will Sutter bridge the spin-off with its original?
Sutter relied heavily on co-producer Elgin James in developing Mayans MC. The SOA creator did not feel like he had the right background to tell the story of the Latino community and enlisted James — a mixed-race director who was once in a gang — to help write the series.
The result is a show that shares a lot of similar themes as SOA but also begins a new chapter in the franchise. Sutter is determined to set the new series apart from the original show and achieve a perfect balance.
“We want to acknowledge where we came from, and those fans, and balance that with a show that’s original and different and doesn’t feel like the Latino version of Sons of Anarchy,” Sutter explained.
According to Variety, there will be obvious links between the two shows, especially when it comes to the characters. Sutter has long hinted that a few familiar faces will pop up on the spin-off, though he hasn’t confirmed which characters from SOA will appear on the spin-off.
The only character from the original series that is returning for sure is Emilio Rivera, who will reprise his role as Marcus Alvarez. But old characters aren’t the only links between the shows.
Sutter also revealed that Mayans MC will address Jax Teller’s (Charlie Hunnam) death in the Season 7 finale of SOA. The spin-off will mention Teller at some point and how his actions affected the entire biker world in California.
Sadly, with the series set around three years after Jax’s death, there is not a good chance that Hunnam will be back in action, unless Sutter has a few tricks up his sleeves.
Sutter just released a new teaser trailer for the spin-off that features a few members of the Mayans riding along the border of California and Mexico. Apart from Pardo, the series stars Edward James Olmos, Sarah Bolger, Richard Cabral, Clayton Cardenas, Raoul Trujillo, Carla Baratta, Michael Irby and Antonio Jaramillo.
FX has yet to announce an official premiere date for Mayans MC, though it is expected to premiere sometime this fall.