Last year, FX’s golden boy, Kurt Sutter, brought to a close his worldwide hit, Sons of Anarchy, to mixed acclaim but excellent ratings. However, regardless of the divided nature among viewers of where the series ended up, it can be said the universe Sutter built was one of true fascination and intrigue when it began.
Created by Sutter and starring Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer, Flora Spencer-Longhurst and Sam Spruell, The Bastard Executioner’s synopsis is as follows:
Bastard Executioner tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward The Thirds charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.
Based on the trailer, The Bastard Executioner certainly appears to be packing quite a punch when it comes to the violence. However, just because there’s a big dude wielding a sword, don’t think this is some kind of Game of Thrones knock-off. If anything, a more apt comparison for The Bastard Executioner would be Marco Polo. However, in the eyes of many that historical drama felt cold and lifeless – despite it, too, having a decent first trailer.
What Marco Polo didn’t have, though, was the mind of Kurt Sutter at its helm, and that’s a big advantage. Sutter’s writing is raw and visceral, and when the man’s working at the top of his game, he ends up delivering some of the most passionate small screen fare the medium has to offer. For all those reasons, there’s going to be a lot of anticipation for The Bastard Executioner heading into the fall – though marketing a show with that title may be more a challenge than FX expects… said the reporter to the network that brilliantly marketed The Strain last year, with an eye poster than generated more buzz than any trailer could have ever done.
The Bastard Executioner premieres this fall on FX.