Get ready to ride. Mayans M.C. is roaring into primetime.
The cast and creators of Mayans M.C. hit San Diego over the weekend and made their Comic-Con debut to talk about the upcoming Sons of Anarchy follow-up. Co-creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter, along with Mayans M.C. stars JD Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos, Sarah Bolger, Danny Pino, Emilio Rivera, Michael Irby, Carla Baratta, Richard Cabral, Raoul Max Trujillo, Antonio Jaramillo, Frankie Loyal, Vincent "Rocco" Vargas and Joseph Lucero took over Hall H to talk about their unique backstories, and of course, how the world of Sons of Anarchy might play into the new drama series.
"It’s a balance. I want to acknowledge that world and find opportunities to circle that again, and yet I don’t want to abuse it.” Sutter reveals. "The show takes place in real time, so it’s post-Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam). Three years or so has passed. I’m really protective of that mythology and the way it ended and letting fans—whether they enjoyed it or not—have that experience and their idea of how that club continued and how those relationships continued. I really want to leave it in the minds of the fans.”
He then jokingly adds: "Season four, everything is up for grabs!"
Though Sutter might keep Sons of Anarchy's chapter closed for the time being, that doesn’t mean we won’t see some nods or hat tips to those characters.
"There’s no intersecting stories that will interfere with that, but Sons was a big world and there was a lot of peripheral energy and players and members and other charters, so there will be those kind of intersections," Sutter says. "We’ll see those points of intersection happen throughout this season, and the series as well."
When you watch the series, it’ll be impossible to miss the gritty realness the actors bring to their roles and to their stories. Sutter and team were able to build that foundation in a large part due to the fact that several of the cast members have had similar experiences as their characters.
"A lot of us have been in prison, and a lot of us have spent a lot of our life in gangs," Mayans M.C. co-creator Elgin James tells the room. "We finally get to tell our own story."
"A lot of these actors come from the life, and that authenticity is important to me," Sutter says. "Quite selfishly, the energy of those men and women who know that they should be somewhere else and have been given the opportunity for a second chance, you can’t bottle that. It’s magic on set."
Watch some of the magic of Mayans M.C. yourself by checking out footage from the San Diego Comic-Con panel below:
Mayans M.C. debuts Tuesday, Sept. 4 on FX.