was his wife, Katey Sagal, who was cast
as the club’s matriarch, Gemma Teller.
The marriage was his second, her third.
Sutter became stepfather to Sagal’s two
children, and with Sagal had a daughter, Esme Louise, now eight.
Sons of Anarchy became FX’s biggest
hit, reaching 10. 6 million viewers by
the final season in 2014. Sutter even
acted in the series as incarcerated
club member “Big Otto” Delaney, who
wielded a lethal crucifix and bit off his
own tongue rather than squeal on his
Now comes The Bastard Executioner.
The series, shot in Wales, is set in early
14th-century England during the reign
of King Edward II. The initial 10-epi-
sode season will introduce viewers to
Australian actor Lee Jones, who plays
the warrior knight Wilkin Brattle. Broken by war, Brattle vows to lay down
his weapon. But violence seeks him out
and he’s forced to go back to the sword.
“I’m really drawn to sort of broken
and conflicted heroes,” says Sutter.
“Wilkin Brattle is deeply conflicted.”
Initially, Sutter telephoned this
reporter from Wales. He then turned
up a few weeks later at the Television
Critics Association in Beverly Hills to
provide a preview of the new series. Jet
lagged but eager to talk, Sutter wore his
hair pulled back in a ponytail, with his
signature dark-rimmed glasses framing
his face. The sleeves of his wrinkly blue
shirt were pushed up, exposing the tat-
toos on his forearms.
Outlining the premise of the new
drama, Sutter said he steered clear of
what he described as a weekly “head-in-
the-basket” formula. He teasingly added,
“It’s definitely not a CSI: Wales—where
viewers will find out who the head be-
longs to by the end of the episode.”
Viewers can expect the fight scenes to
get bloody, but Sutter adheres to certain
guidelines. “There’s nothing wrong with
colorful brutality, but my mandate, as it
was on Sons, is that it always comes from
an organic place and it is never done in a
vacuum, meaning that for every violent
act, there are ramifications.
“It’s a medieval setting, and their
laws, in terms of punishment, are a lot
more brutal and heinous,” Sutter told
the TV critics. “That’s the reality of
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