“Sons of Anarchy,” season 6, will have a lot of work on its hands trying to find Clay a road to redemption that stays within his character while still making it believable for fans. It’s hard to find an ounce of sympathy for the man who deviously works for his own needs over those of the club and the needs his family, suggests Enstarz on Sept. 4.
The night the club stripped Clay of all things SAMCRO, you might have felt a twinge of sadness for the guy sitting there with that big black patch of skin where he once proudly displayed his “Sons of Anarchy” tattoos. Other than the deformity brought about by his own actions, the rest he probably deserved. There's something about marring up a body that draws a line for some folks.
Kurt Sutter, the series creator said about Clay while devising a way to get him back into semi-good graces with the viewers:
Putting Clay on a "redemptive path... There's a certain amount of resignation and understanding of who he is and the things that he's done; he'll try to go out with a little bit of dignity."
Ron Perlman, who plays the character of Clay, wasn't onboard with the current direction of his character. Perlman has had numerous conversations with Sutter about finding something in his diminished role that he can better relate to as Clay.
In true "Sons of Anarchy" fashion, the writers are not going to always give the fans what they want. They proved this early on with the demise of the popular character Opie. Fans want Jax and Tara to make it through this mess of her jail time. That doesn't look too promising this season. Spoilers say that Jax and Tara have a sad departure and that he doesn't go to visit her once while she's incarcerated.
"Sons of Anarchy" airs their season 6 premiere on Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. on FX.