FX’s eagerly anticipated Sons of Anarchy spin-off rolled into Austin, Texas, on Friday night for a panel at the ATX Television Festival with creator Kurt Sutter and members of the show’s cast and producing team. Festival-goers got to see a 13-minute sequence from the upcoming crime drama which premieres this fall.
Here are a few things we learned from the panel moderated by EW entertainment editor Sarah Rodman:
— Even though Mayans MC is about a difficult motorcycle club in a different town (the fictional California border town of Santa Padre) and with a Latino membership, the show still feels like it’s set in the Sons of Anarchy universe. The footage introduced the club’s latest recruit Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo) as he joined the gang on a drug run to Las Vegas that goes spectacularly wrong when the shipment is held up by armed gunmen. The footage also briefly introduced EZ’s father, Felipe Reyes (Edward James Olmos) who Sutter says will represent the patriarch of the show.
— Mayans MC is set three years after the events in Sons of Anarchy, and the final day of Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) is discussed in the show. “We talk a little about that final day with Jax and how it changed [the] Northern California [motorcycle club world],” Sutter said.
— Mayans MC isn’t looking to tackle Trump-era immigration policies, but will probably wrestle with them anyway. “It’s not a political show,” Sutter said. “I do not write political shows. I should not write political shows. But the real world always impacted [Sons of Anarchy]. This is not a show that will deal head-on with those issues but it takes place on the border and those things will have to bleed into the storyline.”
— Asked if familiar SoA faces will show up on the new show (besides co-star Emilio Rivera), Sutter played coy with his reply, noting he wants Mayans to stand on its own, but he also notably didn’t deny it and given the show’s timeline it sure would make a lot of sense.
Mayans MC premieres this fall on FX.