“Sons of Anarchy” starts shooting season 7 at the end of May so it is only natural that casting news begins leaking out now. In an April 12 report, Enstarz talked about the return of one of season 6’s more memorable guest stars, Robert Patrick.
Patrick played San Bernardino Charter President Packer in just 1 episode of the sixth season. Showrunner Kurt Sutter says Patrick will be back with a bigger story that will span several episodes in season 7. Sutter also revealed that SAMCRO’s sometimes-ally, the Mayans, who have been a major component of the show since the beginning, will have a larger role in the final season as well.
In other casting news, The Epoch Times reported that Sutter revealed that Emilio Rivera (Marcus Alvarez) and Billy Brown (August Marks) will return for season 7. This casting announcement comes just days after fans learned that Nicotera (Ratboy Skogstram) and David Labrava (Happy) had been made regulars for season 7. Sutter says several characters remain uncast.
Enstarz also reported that shock rocker Marilyn Manson will not only lend his musical talents to the final season, he will be guest appearing as a heroin user or dealer. Here’s the Sutter tweet that revealed the news:
"listening to one of @marilynmanson new songs. potent. creepy. cool," Sutter tweeted this week. "look for him in season 7. he'll be the guy riding the dragon."
For those not in the know, the term “riding the dragon” refers to the ‘high’ someone gets from using heroin. This would seem to tie into another Sutter Tweet under the category of spoilers:
"1 word: DRAGON. jax slays it. MC dances around dead carcass. tig f---s it. catches thunder clap. burning pee. bad rash."
This could just be a Sutter joke but it could also allude to things going on in the final season of the motorcycle club show.
The writer/actor says the script for the premiere has been submitted for approval and he is “digging into” episode 2. Episode 3 is in the works and the 4th episode will get started soon. Sutter admitted he has had trouble closing out the last 2 chapters of “Sons of Anarchy” and that he’s been stuck for 3 months.
Katey Sagal who plays Gemma Teller and is Sutter’s real life wife says the relationship does not afford her any early knowledge of what’s to come. Matt Carter reported that Sagal reads the scripts when everyone else does.
“… I don’t know what’s going to happen … [The end of season 6 was] shocking. I knew in a big picture what was going to happen, but I didn’t know how it was going to happen.”
“I don’t read them in advance. A lot of people think I might because I’m connected, but I don’t read them in advance. I’m just as thrilled as everyone else is, but terrified. They’re thrilling and scary.”
“Sons of Anarchy” is set to air in September but no official date has been released yet. That is expected in July.