Kurt Sutter managed to keep a steady fan base throughout the entire seven-season run of Sons of Anarchy, with the show even becoming the highest-rated drama on FX. Since the series came to an end, fans have been wondering whether or not SAMCRO would make a comeback in some form or another. While taking a brief break from motorcycle gangs with the ill-fated medieval series The Bastard Executioner, Sutter revealed he was working on a spinoff in 2015, but to date there had been little concrete information about exactly what was in the offing. Now, we finally know exactly what Sutter will be returning to the small screen with.
It was revealed earlier today that Sutter has indeed planned a trip back to the world of Sons of Anarchy, as he will serve as the director and executive producer on the new spinoff series Mayans MC – a drama series co-written with producing partner Elgin James.
The news was announced in an official press release from FX that also provided a brief outline of what fans can expect, and when the series will take place. According to the release:
"Mayans MC is set in a post Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali/Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel, and his need for respect from the women he loves."
With the Mayans becoming increasingly important and recurring characters, especially in the latter seasons of Sons of Anarchy, viewers can now take a closer look at the inner workings of the group, discovering exactly how they get things done and how the MC affects their everyday lives. Now that FX has given a few more details about what the series will entail, it will be interesting to see if and how the change in character and clubs alters Sutter's storytelling style in anyway. If Sutter delivers the kind of show he did with his original series, Mayans MC could be a real treat for his fans.
Of course, with the announcement of a spinoff series comes concerns over originality. When a show like Sons of Anarchy is going to live on, but in a different form and through a bunch of different characters, fans loyal to the original series may be harder to impress than those new to the franchise.
It is worth remembering, however, that this has worked well for other franchises. After the success of Breaking Bad came the spinoff prequel series Better Call Saul. That show had its own doubters, but went on to gain positive reviews and is now set to return for a third season. With any luck that is something Sutter will be able to accomplish with his own spinoff.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on Mayans MC as more details are made available.