Kurt Sutter is welcoming fans back to his biker world with his Sons of Anarchy spin-off, Mayans MC. While the two shows are linked by a shared past, the new series features a different club, unique characters, and a distinct setting — all of which contribute to what Sutter calls a “dark irony” that drives the show.
With Season 1 of Mayans MC finally underway, Sutter recently sat down and talked about some of the motivations behind the show and how it relates to the real world.
.@sutterink on a diverse writers room: "I can imagine the plight and the challenges of being of color, but I can only imagine it, right? So, there's only one dimension to that and I needed people who experienced it, like Elgin, and my other writers" https://t.co/DDz8asn2Cr
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Sutter openly admits that some fans will watch the show through a political lens. In the opening scene, for example, a wall is shown on the border of California and Mexico with the phrase, “Divided We Fall,” written on it.
When Sutter originally filmed the scene, he had no idea how political it might come across and he even thought about taking it out. But after thinking about the consequences of such a move, Sutter came to the realization that he cannot control how people interpret the show, so he left it in.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sutter claims that he is not trying to make any political statements on the show. Although certain elements may seem political — like setting the series on the border — Sutter says the story is simply a reflection of how the world is today.
As an example, Sutter described a scene in the opening episode where one of the bikers makes a comment about how the American Medical Association is helping the drug trade by being greedy.
Kurt Sutter says the comment wasn’t taking a political stance on the issue but instead “shining a lantern on the dark irony of” how the outlaw bikers are making a living.
New episodes of Mayans MC air Tuesday nights on FX.