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EXCLUSIVE: During the celebrated run of Sons of Anarchy, creator Kurt Sutter made a tradition of giving the fleeing masses of San Diego Comic-Con something to stay for on its final day. He’s revived that Jimi Hendrix-At-Woodstock tradition in Hall H today, where he will launch Mayans M.C., the FX spinoff series that focuses on the Latino motorcycle club that became a bigger and bigger part of the Sons series over time. The new show, which Sutter created with Elgin James and exec produces with James and pilot episode director Norberto Barba, premieres September 4. There are familiar faces from Sons, like Mayans leader Emilio Rivera, and there is Edward James Olmos, from Miami Vice, Blade Runner and Battlestar Galactica. But most of the cast is comprised of newcomers. Here, Sutter explains how the series will honor and even broaden the mythology built over seven seasons of Sons, even as the show learns to fly under its own power. He also explains how a show that seems so timely and topical — a Latino gang proliferating on the border of Mexico is the nightmare scenario that President Donald Trump espouses in building a wall and eradicating illegal immigrants — won’t get caught up in politics. Even if the stamp on the drugs sold in the pilot episode bear a moniker that translates to “Tiny Hands,” a subtle shout out to the president during his campaign.
DEADLINE: In Mayans M.C., your central character, JD Pardo’s EZ, is trying to become a member and you tie together a lot of complicated strings that will create conflict down the line. Those certainly weren’t there in Sons of Anarchy when we first met Charlie Hunnam’s Jax, the prodigal son of SOA’s former leader.
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