Still grieving over the end of “Sons of Anarchy”? We’re right there with you. Fortunately, show creator Kurt Sutter is introducing a new series to FX -- “The Bastard Executioner.”
News of the show has been circulating for some time, but the network just ordered a 10-episode first season. The pickup is essentially a no-brainer as “SoA” was one of the network’s most-viewed properties. The final season of the series, concluding in December, brought in all-time high ratings for FX.
“From his important contributions to ‘The Shield’ to his epic run on ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ Kurt has been one of FX’s most visionary artists and we are proud to get him back on the air so soon after the unquestionable success of ‘Sons,’” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said in a statement (via the Hollywood Reporter).
FX TV Group Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden added that “The Bastard Executioner” is the “perfect follow-up” to “SoA” and that the series will be “another huge event series for FX from Fox 21 TVS and FXP. ... Viewers are in for a wild and spellbinding ride.”
The new show is expected to premiere on FX this fall. Check out four things to know about “The Bastard Executioner” before its 2015 premiere:
1. A Period Drama
Say goodbye to California and Samcro. “The Bastard Executioner” will take viewers to a new time and place -- the late Middle Ages in England. The new show follows a warrior knight for King Edward I. The synopsis teases that he’s “broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword.” However, his plans to live a peaceful life get thrown out the window when “violence finds him again.”
2. The Cast
“Sons of Anarchy” fans will be happy to see Katey Sagal, who played dangerous matriarch Gemma Teller on “SoA.” Meanwhile, “True Blood” fans will be delighted to see Stephen Moyer return to TV in another gory role. Other cast members include Lee Jones, Alex Newman, Ross O’Hennessy, Elen Rhys and Matthew Rhys.
Filming for the pilot already concluded in Wales. Now that the series has been picked up, production of the remaining nine episodes is scheduled to start this summer.
If you’re squeamish around blood, then “The Bastard Executioner” might not be for you. Sutter released the following teaser on Twitter:
There will be blood. #TBX
— kurt sutter (@sutterink) May 22, 2015