The ATX Television Festival in Auston featured a full panel of the cast and crew of Kurt Sutter’s upcoming show, Mayans MC. Along with answering questions about the new series, Sutter debuted a new clip of the Sons of Anarchy spin-off, including how it will discuss Jax Teller’s (Charlie Hunnam) death and how his legacy impacts the biker world.
A total of 16 members of the cast and crew were present for the panel discussion. This includes the show’s lead star, J.D. Pardo, Sons of Anarchy alum Emilio Rivera, and co-stars Danny Pino and James Olmos.
Sutter was also on hand to present the new clip alongside his co-producers Norberto Barba and Elgin James. After the short video, Sutter talked about how Mayans MC relates to Sons of Anarchy and how it is different.
For starters, the spin-off picks up after the events in Season 7 of Sons of Anarchy. The series takes place in the present day and is set along the border of California and Mexico. Although the time and location is different from SOA, the Mayans still feel the effects of Jax’s life and how his death impacted the club.
“We talk a little bit about the ramifications of that final day for Jax,” Sutter shared on the panel. “It sort of changed the fabric of Northern California and trickled down South.”
Because Mayans MC will address with Jax’s death, it has a firm connection with the original series. According to Hollywood Reporter, fans can also expect several SOA alums to show up on the spin-off from time to time.
So far, the only confirmed alum is Rivera, who is returning to reprise his role as Mayans president Marcus Alvarez. We do not know how many characters will crossover — there are several who survived the final season of SOA — but it’s definitely exciting to know that we’ll see some familiar faces.
Sutter also talked about how politics will be involved in the series. The SOA creator doesn’t want politics to become a focus but will infuse current events into the storyline. With Mayans MC set on the border, Sutter acknowledged that it is impossible not to venture into the political arena at some point. His only concern is keeping things authentic.
FX has not announced an official premiere date for Mayans MC. The series is expected to debut on the network sometime in the fall.