"Sons of Anarchy" Season 7 is still a ways off, but the first little details about what to expect are slowly leaking out, care of none other than creator Kurt Sutter.
In his latest video blog, which introduces the show's writing staff, Sutter clears up which secondary characters will and will not be back on a regular basis when "Sons" returns.
Though both CCH Pounder and Kim Dickens played major roles in Season 6, both will only be able to come back in a limited capacity due to commitments on other shows they've been cast in. According to Sutter, the chances are that they'll only appear in two to four episodes each.
On the other hand, Jimmy Smits will be back as a regular, much like the recently-promoted Drea de Matteo. Then there's Peter Weller. "Peter will be back definitely as a director for at least two episodes," Sutter says, "and we definitely will have [Barosky] back.
As for new characters, there will be a few making their way into Charming, including new law enforcement. After what happened to the Sheriff in the Season 6 finale, it was bound to happen. It'll be interesting to see how the character is introduced though, as Sutter explains, "We're trying to avoid the new sheriff in town device because we've kinda used it."
"Sons of Anarchy" Season 7 premieres later in the year. You can watch Sutter's video blog below, but beware strong language.
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