FX rolled out a variety of its current and upcoming series to an excited Sunday Hall H crowd at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, and part of that list included an entry for the newest offering from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter: a historical drama series known as The Bastard Executioner.
The first Bastard Execution trailer was released online around the time of this year's SDCC festivities. Since then, FX has released additional previews and teasers for the TV show, in order to provide a better feel of the show's dramatic nature and gritty, if also heightened and stylized, historical vision established by Sutter.
Bastard Executioner takes place during the reign of King Edward III, as a warrior knight vows to abandon the ways of the sword (after having endured "the ravages of war"), only to be forced to pick up his blade again, and serve as an (you guessed it) executioner. The series cast includes relative newcomer Lee Jones, as well as Darren Evans (My Mad Fat Diary), Stephan Moyer (True Blood), Elen Rhys (Trinity), Timothy V. Murphy (True Detective), and longtime Sons of Anarchy star Katey Sagal.
Unlike the first trailer (which was more about showing off the actual show and its footage), the latest Bastard Executioner promos are more about selling audiences on the show’s tone. These clips have something of a Hannibal vibe than anything (in terms of the look), and that’s a totally fine way to go for a promo such as this… as long as it’s not overdone. This is fine preliminary marketing of a show like The Bastard Executioner, but, eventually, FX will have to start rolling out actual footage for the show's prospective audience members to pass judgment on.
In the meantime, enjoy these additional Bastard Executioner teasers that FX has put online:
When it began, Sons of Anarchy introduced us to a world rarely seen by the general public. And that ability to world-build without the aid of dragons or other mystical creatures is one of the strongest skill sets sitting in the Sutter arsenal. Based on what we’ve seen so far, The Bastard Executioner certainly feels like more of the same. Hopefully this show can maintain the same level of excitement as Sons when it was in its prime, without the benefit of cool motorcycles and shootouts.
Overall, there’s reason to be excited for The Bastard Executioner if for no other reasons than the fact that it means we’re finally going to get something new from Kurt Sutter. Ultimately, The Shield and Sons both existed in fairly similar worlds, and that means the man’s brain could only go so far after a while. But now, Sutter’s going to get to open himself up to a whole new set of characters and locations, and that’s something that should bring some much needed excitement to the FX network’s fall slate.
The Bastard Executioner premieres Fall 2015 on FX.