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Kurt Sutter Talks <I>Sons of Anarchy</i> Season 4 (And <i>Mad Men</i>‘s Matt Weiner, of Course)

Kurt Sutter may not like it, but yesterday he created a small media firestorm by tweeting some seemingly critical comments about Matthew Weiner's ongoing negotiations with AMC on the same day that he'd be subjected to the press at FX's upfront presentation. I talked to the Sons of Anarchy creator at the party last night, and though he was typically tight-lipped about SOA spoilers, he certainly had something more to say about Matt Weiner's Mad Men situation. Read on for my brief conversation with the world's most entertaining showrunner.

Would you like to elaborate more on your Matt Weiner comments?
KS: Yeah, of course that got turned into a thing. Here's the deal: I think ultimately what ends up happening, when it reaches money of that proportion, [is that] it feels like it's all about the money. At a certain point, I think it's the responsibility of the showrunner to not just say "What's in it for me?" but to look around and say, "Who am I connected to?" and "Who's depending on me?" Look, I want to make as much money as I possibly can, but at a certain point I think you have to stop and turn around and go, 'Okay, people are depending on me.' Halting production for five months, six months -- that impacts a lot of people's livelihoods. So, to me, it was more about 'make a decision so your actors and your crew can get back to work.' I don't know Matt, I have nothing against him, but just in terms of a business point of view, that's sort of my hit on it. It's about just having a little bit more of an awareness of the others in your camp.

Moving on to your show, is there anything you can tease about the new season of Sons of Anarchy?
Kurt Sutter: It'll be 14 months between seasons, they'll be getting out of jail. Everybody's coming back. Everybody lived in jail.

Tara's had her baby?
KS: Perhaps? I don't want to give that away.

Who will SAMCRO be squaring off against this season? Are the Russians or IRA returning as big bads?
KS: I think all those people are kind of in there, but I don't think one reigns as the big baddie. But I'll tell you this much -- there will be a new sheriff in town.

Can you say who it'll be?
KS: I don't know yet! We haven't cast it. But he's unlike any sheriff we've ever seen in Charming before.

Any chance we'll see some more Bobby Elvis? It's been too long.
KS: It all depends on budget, because Elvis songs are so expensive. But it would be fun.

Everybody seems to want Ethan Zobelle back at some point -- is that in the works for the new season in any capacity?
KS: My feeling on a character like Zobelle is I know it would be very satisfying in terms of the fans, but in my mind, the guys like Zobelle get away, and that was kind of the point of it. So I don't really see any time in the near future that we would pursue it.

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