'Sons of Anarchy' Has Its First Major Deaths of the Season: We Grill One of the Departing Actors
SPOILER ALERT: Storyline and character spoilers ahead for the "Wolfsangel" episode of "Sons of Anarchy."
Huge sigh of relief: Tig lives! Last week's cliffhanger left that as a big question, but when SAMCRO leader Jax opened his front door at the top of "Wolfsangel," Tig (Kim Coates), alive and in one piece, was standing there.
"I got an early morning visit from a guy I never expected to see again," Jax told August Marks, the man who has had an itch to kill Tig since the Season 5 finale.
But, in keeping with a season that is headed, at a furious pace, towards what is likely to be the show's final season next year, there were casualties. Former U.S. marshal Lee Toric (guest star Donal Logue) had spiraled deeper and deeper into his crazy rabbit hole this season, and his obsession with vengeance against the MC and Otto (series creator Kurt Sutter) hit a high and a low in "Wolfsangel"; Toric got the ultimate revenge against Otto, as the beleaguered SAMCRO member was shot and killed during a fight with Toric in the prison hospital. Score one for Toric and his quest to get comeuppance for his murdered (by Otto) sister.
Otto didn't go out alone, however. The drug-addicted, violence-prone Toric was also dead at the episode's end, becoming another Toric family member stabbed to death by Otto (who also slit Toric's throat just to make sure the job was complete).
While we're mourning Otto (and feeling some relief that he's no longer going to be SAMCRO and Toric's whipping boy), we're also going to miss Toric, a complicated character who made some of the Sons' adventures look almost tame compared to his cold pursuit of brutal justice. Toric's portrayer, the kinder, gentler, but still as hard-working, Donal Logue talked to Yahoo TV about the emotional challenges of playing Toric, his crazy year of cable TV ubiquity, and how he juggles acting with writing a novel and owning a trucking company (yeah, really).
Was Lee a difficult character to play, or to stop playing? He just really went out of control the last few episodes …
I did the darkest stuff I've ever done. Just the kind of stuff that, it throws you after you leave work, you can't shake it, you're just disturbed by it. And so, that was amazing. I love Kurt Sutter to death. He's just a great guy, he's a great friend. He juggles this incredible world in this creative tour de force, and he's an amazing actor as well. And so, I don't know, it's been a really great experience, "Sons of Anarchy." I owe him a lot. I owe him a lot as well because he had to allow me to do "Copper" with the scheduling difficulties, and that was a huge pain in his butt, and he didn't have to do it. But he said, 'Is this a good role?' And I said, yes, you know, Kurt, Brendan Donovan's a great role. I just was fortunate.
What was the toughest scene for you, as Lee Toric?
The hotel room scene [in "Poenitentia"] was particularly shocking to participate in, and was just really wild. I just remember my headspace was really wild, too. The whole arc of that character was fascinating. I was definitely disturbed by Lee Toric. I went to some weird places [playing him], and you feel weird. You can't shake it driving home from the job.