For the last couple of years or so, Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has been contemplating the idea of a prequel. As soon as the final season concluded, talk started up again in earnest but nothing concrete could materialize. However, now Sutter has finally confirmed that there are still tentative plans to put together a prequel to the first nine men to form the Sons Of Anarchy Motorcycle Club – the Redwood Original. However, a spin-off is likely to see the light of the day before any prequel. It is likely to be one based upon the Mayans, the Hispanic-only rival MC to the Sons. Either way, prequel or spin-off, it looks as though Sons Of Anarchy isn’t quite over yet. Here are five ways it should go from here
5. A Different Setting and Location
Since California is the home of SAMCRO, the location and setting of the spin-off must be as far away as possible without actually leaving the western USA. The idea of the untamed West is synonymous with the concept of the outlaw. SOA wouldn’t work if based on the civilized and urbanized east coast or the farmland mid-west. But if not California, then where?
New Mexico is the perfect place to set a Mayan spin-off to Sons Of Anarchy. The Mayans control vast areas of California and Nevada, but don’t have as large a presence in New Mexico, allowing for greater conflict. New Mexico shares borders with Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, etc., and has the largest percentage of Hispanics of any state in the Union. It is similar to California yet distinct in that it is arid, and rugged desert yet has heavily forested mountainous areas with snow-capped peaks. It’s a different world to the permanent blue skies and long lazy roads of the Golden State, and it would bring a different feel and identity required by any spin-off.
4. It Needs a Core Plot
SOA began with a familiar narrative from Shakespeare: The plot of Hamlet formed the skeleton of Sutter’s story. Jackson was the young prince who’d lost his father, Clay, the uncle who’d married his mother and taken his father’s mantle and authority.
That’s not to say that the show didn’t have its own substance or core focus. Jax isn’t Hamlet, in temperament or disposition. But any spin-off from Sons Of Anarchy needs its own hook, be it a high concept idea or some form of framework to bind the story together. Sons Of Anarchy had Jackson wanting to break away from the way Clay runs the club the club.That was the core of Jax’ narrative, and his failure was the arc that defined the show, the spine of the whole thing.
Sutter is convinced that a Hispanic MC will have its own ethos, its own vibe, distinct from the outlaw pretensions of the mostly white members of SAMCRO.