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Sons of Anarchy Fallout: Kurt Sutter on Major Death, Effect on Jax

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Sons of Anarchy lost one of its own last night, as Opie took a permanent one for the team when he volunteered to have his brains beaten in by The Niners in order to even up their feud with SAMCRO

Why did the FX thriller go down this dramatic path? What effect will it have on Jax?

I just got off the phone with Kurt Sutter, who offered the following explanation for this storyline and teased how its fallout will play out in Charming...

Opie in Jail

Why did Opie make this fateful decision?

"We had done so much damage to Opie and his family over the course of a few seasons," Sutter said. "And I couldn't wrap my brain around bringing him back to the table at the end of last season… and there is a sense of him having this tremendous loss. So he's thinking: 'Here's an opportunity for me to go out doing the right thing, this is how I can be of best service to my club and even to my family.'

"I wanted Opie to go out a warrior, with nobility and a sense of protecting the people [he still loves]."

How will Jax react to the loss of his best friend? That's the crux of the death, Sutter says. The show is the President's journey, after all.

"Jax needed that emotional upheaval, that one event that happens in a man's life, that can change the course of his destiny… he will be greatly influenced by the death of Opie and that loss, that emptiness will color him for the rest of the season."

Viewers can also look forward to a "new dynamic between Tig and Jax and the Pope of it all," following Jax's maneuvering to free Tig from jail.

"The betrayal [between Tig and Clay] is real. An interesting shift will take place that parallels what happened in Season 2 when Opie moved closer to Clay as a result of his riff with Jax," Sutter teased.

Finally, what does the creator have to say to fans who are still coming to terms with the loss of this favorite?

"I don't do things arbitrarily or just for shock value… yes, it's incredibly sad, but the death of Opie will color the rest of the series. It's not a death that will happen in vain...

"Of course there’ll be a sense of vengeance, something that drives our guys to retaliate, but also the emotional impact that his death will have on the rest of the characters will always be there.”

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I cried! The look on Jaxs face was heartbreaking ! RIP Opie you will be forever missed!

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i still can believe it was opie i mean seriously they did so much damage to him they should have done something good for him not kill him wtf!!!!!!!!! seriously pissed at sutter.....

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WTH Kurt Sutter??!! Why Oppie??

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WTH Kurt Sutter??? Y Oppie??? Man that totally sux!!

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so sad for us SOA fans.. i cried my eyes out.. loosing him was hard for us as viewers.. he always seemed to be Jax' sanity..almost is little angel on his shoulder.. and now he really is..

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It was cool for Sutter to talk to you guys about it and to clarify. I just feel like he was just so crucial but I get why he killed him off. Maybe now Opie will find peace and who knows perhaps be with his family. Who is going to take care of his kids now though? They were his and Donna's together you would think he would have taken better care of them.

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I feel as if someone close to me died. The image of the way he died, can't shake it. I need a life!

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God of the USA hells angels
September 26th, 2012 2:28 PM
Ryan Hurst had to be killed he looks much tougher then Sonny Barger , happy , Rusty Coones and Chuck Zito.
Kurt Sutters USA hells angels fetish seems to have left Kurt little choice if Kurt wants to make the punks from the USA hells angels appear tough he will have to get rid of all the men on the show. USA hells angels have been in the news in the US for Decades of crimes against women & children. The USA hells angels are not known for being tough as individuals. Hey Chuck Zito you chicken when you going to fight me? How many decades can you avoid fighting and yet pretend your tough LOL here chick chick chicken USA hells angels here chicken heads LOL. All of this BS spewing from your keyboard wasn't necessary or wanted. Its a good show, leave it at that.

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@ Diana

You don't mind if Real life sex offender child porner and other men that harm rape molest and murder women and children allacross the USA are being supported by the show as long as its a good Show ? your a scumbag. If the USA hells angels stop being suck flocking cowards I can tell them all with my fist and feet but they are to flocking scared after you beat their best the rest hide and type like You as they use womens names like you do.

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The thing that it reflects to me is history repeats its self aspect. We often looked at Piney and saw that harderned man that sat at the end of the table. Jax saying he missed him right before when the walls were crashing down almost searching for that advice now is closer to him than ever. Piney lost John his best friend bc of Clay and now Jax has lost Opie bc of Clay. Its just flipped and the fact that Jax cannt take out Clay as Piney couldnt, I cannt wait for that thread to be cut. When Clay dies I hope its Jax and I hope its slow and painful.

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Ryan Hurst had to be killed he looks much tougher then Sonny Barger , happy , Rusty Coones and Chuck Zito.
Kurt Sutters USA hells angels fetish seems to have left Kurt little choice if Kurt wants to make the punks from the USA hells angels appear tough he will have to get rid of all the men on the show. USA hells angels have been in the news in the US for Decades of crimes against women & children. The USA hells angels are not known for being tough as individuals. Hey Chuck Zito you chicken when you going to fight me? How many decades can you avoid fighting and yet pretend your tough LOL here chick chick chicken USA hells angels here chicken heads LOL.