Mayans MC debuted this Tuesday and it was clear from the start that Kurt Sutter and co-creator Elgin James are forging a new path with their Sons of Anarchy spin-off. While the FX series is different from its predecessor, there are links that fans may have missed in the premiere, including a huge Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Tara (Maggie Siff) Easter egg.
A few days prior to the premiere of Mayans MC, the show’s official Twitter page shared a short clip of JD Pardo’s character, EZ Reyes, and his romantic interest on the show, Emily Thomas, played by Sarah Bolger.
— Mayans MC (@MayansFX) September 2, 2018
In the short clip, Emily is shown standing behind EZ, who is seated in a chair. The pose is a replica of the photo Jax and Tara took on Sons of Anarchy, which was also similar to an older image of Gemma (Katey Sagal) and John Teller.
The photograph isn’t the only similarity between Jax and EZ.
Like Tara, Emily has been with EZ since they were kids. The only difference is that Emily never moved away and has been a part of EZ’s life for a long time. Because she stuck around, Emily has moved up in society and is a fixture in what goes on in the town.
We don’t know if their relationship will have the same tragic ending as Jax and Tara’s, but the similarities are definitely there.
— Mayans MC (@MayansFX) September 5, 2018
While the shows share a common history, Sutter and James are doing their best to set them apart. In a recent interview, Antonio Jaramillo, who plays Michael “Riz” Ariza, teased fans that Mayans MC is a lot “spicier” than Sons of Anarchy.
Jaramillo did not elaborate on any plot details, but he assured fans that Mayans MC will be different, and not just because it has an all Hispanic cast.
New episodes of Mayans MC air Tuesday nights on FX.