The end is near for Kurt Sutter‘s violent motorcycle epic “Sons of Anarchy” on FX, and the cast is preparing to say goodbye still, just as the fans are. Filming isn’t set to wrap until December, meaning actors Kim Coates and Theo Rossi are still in the thick of the chaos.
It also means they don’t know how the show is going to play out yet, or the final fates of their characters. The pair stepped away from the show’s set for a drink and a chat on the latest episode of TheWrap’s “Drinking With the Stars.”
Filmed after the fifth episode of the season entitled “Some Strange Eruption,” their candid conversation includes spoilers for “Sons of Anarchy” through that episode.
In particular, Theo Rossi talked about the never-ending turmoil that has become his character Juice’s life to that point. The episode closed with him pointing a gun at Gemma’s (Katey Sagal) head, fully knowing that she had intended on killing him. The question is what he decides to do in that moment.
“He’s on the edge, at all times, so anything that happens, anything that comes in his periphery, he’s just kind of reacting to whatever,” Rossi said of Juice. But does he have what it takes to pull the trigger? Rossi promises, “That you will see right away.”
As for how Juice’s fate will play out in this final season, Rossi said, “The way ‘Sons of Anarchy’ always plays out: unpredictable and absolutely insane.”
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“It started in Season 5 where their eyes locked for the first time,” Coates said of their mostly off-camera relationship. “It’s a couple of freaks sharing the screen together.” Their latest encounter came after Tig got shot, and he reached out to Venus to take care of him.
“Walton’s amazing. We have some amazing stuff to do together,” Coates went on. “We really did in that episode, and somehow I don’t think it’s quite over yet.” Goggins has also teased that Venus will be making a return appearance before the MC’s final ride on Dec. 9. Maybe she’ll be Tig’s happy ending, if anyone is allowed to have one.
With the ending so close, Coates and Rossi were both reflective and grateful to have been part of such an experience. “There’s over 300 shows on television. There’s a few that you know about, that get to have this kind of legacy thing,” Rossi said. “This stuff doesn’t come around more than once in people’s lifetimes.”
“We could still be telling this story for five more years, but when we signed on for a seven-year contract, in Sutter’s mind, that’s what it was always going to be,” Coates said of closing out the show’s story. “We are stopping this show on the top of the world, for sure … It’s coming to an end real fast.”
The guys admitted they weren’t ready for the show to end, with Rossi suggesting they would just FaceTime one another in character for a few years, doing scenes and filming it. He was joking, but that would be a monster online hit if the real-life close friends really did do it.
They presented their own ending for the show, which was absolutely ridiculous, but perhaps not more outlandish than some of the ones TheWrap presented to them as options, including nods to classic series like “Newhart” and “Dallas.”
However it ends, “Sons of Anarchy” is poised to be among those series, remembered and talked about still decades after going off the air.
“Sons of Anarchy” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.