*As “Sons of Anarchy” inches toward its series finale on Tuesday, talk again turns to the show’s severe lack of award-season love, despite its near universal critical acclaim.
“It’s just if you don’t get into ‘Sons Of Anarchy,’ you can’t get into it. And I think the package of ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ isn’t the package that appeals to most Emmy voters,” concludes veteran television director Paris Barclay, who helmed this week’s penultimate episode. “It’s just they don’t watch the show. I really don’t think so. Once you watch it, like many of you, you get sucked into the world like I did. I’m not like a biker dude. I’m really more of a ‘Glee’ dude.”
Devotees of the series already know – the show is as much about biker clubs as “The Walking Dead” is about zombies. The respective settings are ultimately a means to expose the hidden strengths and weaknesses of the characters.
Barclay – a two-time Emmy Award winner and six-time nominee (including three for “Glee”), president of the Directors Guild of America (the organization’s first African American and first openly gay president) and director of over 130 episodes of television – says he didn’t become an “SOA” fan until he was pitched a script to direct.
“You start reading it, you get sucked into it and suddenly I’m in love with the craziness of Tig and Juice and his travails,” he told the TCA in July. “And my mother now is obsessed with it, because she only watches it because I’m working on it, but she wouldn’t otherwise. And I think if people actually gave it a shot and looked at it, I think there would have been a totally different outcome.”
Kurt Sutter, the show’s creator, writer and executive producer, has no problem saying that “Sons of Anarchy” deserves the kind of recognition that he can put on his mantle piece.
Listen to Kurt and Paris below:
Jax (Charlie Hunnam) will make the final moves to fulfill his father’s legacy on the series finale of “Sons of Anarchy” (titled “Papa’s Goods”) airing Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. on FX.
Watch the promo (a montage of past footage, because Sutter is keeping all series finale footage a secret) below: