December 19, 2014

Jimmy Smits Says Upcoming Sons Of Anarchy Finale Will Be Both “Touching and “Grim”

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(PCM) The final ride for the hit FX series “Sons Of Anarchy” is quickly coming to an end and we have been absolutely devastated by the loss of many of our beloved characters throughout the course of the show’s final season.

We are still reeling from the deaths of both Gemma and Unser in last week’s epic “Red Rose” episode and we have to wonder where Mayhem and/or the dreaded reaper will strike in the upcoming series finale.

We recently spoke with actor Jimmy Smits who plays Nero Padilla in the series about his thoughts on the finale, where Nero will end up and the overall emotional roller coaster that has made up the final season of our beloved show.

While Smits can obviously not reveal too many details about the upcoming finale which will air Tuesday, Dec. 9th, he did tell us a bit about how Nero is dealing with the revelation about Gemma’s death.  He says “You’ll see more than guilt. It’s touching in a lot of ways. It’s sad. But, it’s grim too.”

Smits also feel that fans are going to be satisfied with the outcome of the finale. He says “I don’t think audiences are going to be disappointed at all.”

We mentioned to Smits how happy we were to see that Nero has made it to the end of the series and Smits jokingly responds “He made it till the end, but maybe not to the end, end.”

Smits goes on to say “I think I was a little nervous getting ready to open that script up to see who was going down next, because we were like in that somebody is going down every episode mode here. It’s all part of the culmination of what has been brewing in Kurt’s head for all this time. It’s good.”

Jimmy-Smits2Smits also gave us a brief hint about where Nero ends up saying “I was little surprised about the way Nero specifically ends up. But I get it. I totally get it.”

He also reveals his opinion on the way that series creator Kurt Sutter has ended the show saying, “I think that Kurt ended it really beautifully and it has all of those elements that have been the signature of the show throughout the seven seasons.”

We know that in the last episode Nero sent Unser up to Gemma’s fathers home which ultimately led to his demise rather than going himself. We were curious as to what Smits hypothetically thought would have happened if Nero had gone instead of Unser.

Smits replies “If Nero had gone, there would have been probably three dead bodies there. All of them would have gone down in some way. I think that was his big fear that he didn’t want to try to have to make that particular choice, but I don’t think that the Nero character understood how profound and deep the relationship that Unser has with them also. I guess he thinks that because of the police element or line in Unser’s character thread was there that he would be able to exact some kind of calm out of the situation.”

We also spoke about the scene at the end of “Red Rose” where Nero is seen sitting on Gemma’s bed and sobbing. It left us wondering what will Nero do next. Smits comments “The pain definitely of being in that room and the loss that he felt and what was going through the mind in the close-up shot was I was trying to play a what the next move is and to try to keep it percolating in terms of active, is there a shade of revenge or something that’s much more active than just the pain. I don’t know if I achieved that, but I just had to keep it alive in my mind because you didn’t what was going to happen in the episode that follows. “

He goes on to say “What I know, there’s enough trust there that I know that when we turn pages, there’s always going to be a nice surprise for everyone.”

Smits also spoke about what he feels resonates well with fans of a show like “Sons Of Anarchy” saying “I think Kurt was really successful with the writers in terms of like presenting this kind of like Shakespearian story in a lot of ways that has a lot of emotionality and humor and tragedy and all of that, violence, but at the same time has this thread of family and brotherhood, so those are the things that I think really engage audiences with the show specifically.”

Smits also revealed what he has taken away as an actor from his time on the show saying “The whole thing about the strength of family through thick and thin, and even though the whole thing about family is questionable with this particular family, but that’s something that was like an ongoing the club becomes the family and when things are done against the family, how the family kind of like sticks together and the glue. That was just like a running theme and to see that group from being a fan and watching them on television to partaking with them on the performance level, I think that that bond was really, really strong, so that’s something that I’ll always remember about that particular group and about what they conveyed not only in the writing, but on a performance level as well.”

Be sure to tune in for the upcoming series finale of FX’s “Sons Of Anarchy” on Tuesday, December 9th at 10pm.

About the Author

Sean McAloon

I am a Philadelphia based journalist, who is obsessed with movies and television. I is also a comic book enthusiast , although i can’t keep up with everything. I like to spend my free time trying to working on short films. I currently work as an editor for and, focusing on entertainment news, interviews and public relations. I studied business management & marketing at Goldey Beacom College.



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