'Sons of Anarchy' writer offers peek inside 'Red Rose' shockers

December 3, 2014 11:38 PM

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• Why Unser (Dayton Callie) had to die: Both Callie and exec producer Paris Barclay, who directed the episode, told EW that they didn’t learn Unser’s fate until the script for this episode came out. Murray wouldn’t call it a late decision or a debate, but it wasn’t one of the deaths Sutter told his writers was definitive when they hit the room back in February (Gemma’s and Juice’s were). “We kinda went back-and-forth, back-and-forth, back-and-forth,” Murray says. “It was like, ‘Okay, so is Unser the person who does end up being the sole storyteller who lives, or is it more impactful if he dies?’ I think as we got closer and closer…you realize through the playing out of the episodes that this guy wasn’t gonna have much purpose without Gemma.”

But his death would serve a purpose for Jax (Charlie Hunnam). Asked if fans are supposed to still root for Jax after he killed Unser to get to Gemma (Katey Sagal)—and according to a poll in our recap, 63 percent do—Murray explained that as with any antihero, you have to question the direction he tak...

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