It’s less than a month until cameras start rolling on the final season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and while Theo Rossi (Juice) hasn’t yet read the script for the premiere, fans know from creator Kurt Sutter’s WTF Sutter web series that it’s been turned in to the network with “a few disclaimers in terms of the tone.”
That’s the kind of tease that makes die-hards both nervous and excited — a state Rossi himself has been in since the identity of Juice’s father became a plot point in season 4. “For anybody who’s had to be near me, live with me, be friends with me, family members, it’s been a nightmare, because it’s been anxiety ever since,” he jokes to EW. “The truth is, what I’ve gotten to do on this show I don’t think I’ll ever match on any job ever, because I’ve literally gotten to play every single emotion an actor can play. I’ve been the funny guy, the loyal guy, the guy fearing for my life, the guy trying to take my own life, the guy taking a lot of other people’s lives as a stone-cold killer, to this guy who’s kinda floating in the abyss now and you don’t know where he’s going – which I think is the most dangerous part about him,” Rossi says. “It’s why you do this, it’s why you get into this racket. Kurt gave me that all in one character. So for this year, I don’t expect that to be any different. If anything, I expect it only to be intensified, really heavily.”
Fans have long worried about Juice’s fate, and that too has only increased since the December season 6 finale in which – spoiler alert, if you’re marathoning – Jax told Juice he’d betrayed him and Juice killed Sheriff Roosevelt and covered up Gemma’s murder of Tara. “The main thing I get is, ‘You’re in so much trouble. You’re doomed. I can’t believe what you did. I can’t believe you saved Gemma,’” Rossi says. “People are very, very concerned. There’s ‘Save Juice’ things on Twitter and Facebook.”
Of course, most viewers (and cast members) assume everyone will die by the end. “A lot of people say that because of the whole Hamlet [comparison], and let’s be honest, every year we lose major characters left and right. The season 6 finale, I think, was the most shocking episode we ever did in every way,” he says. “You have dreams of being the last guy standing, the one riding off, but you know,” he adds, laughing at the understatement, “I’ve done a lot of bad things.”
However it ends, he’s looking forward to the ride. “I’m so intrigued to see what Kurt does. I go back to watch all the episodes before I start [shooting a new season], just to get into the mind-set and remember,” he says. “Jax saying, ‘You betrayed me,’ the covering up for Gemma – I don’t know if you’re gonna see Juice hangin’ out makin’ smoothies in the clubhouse when we open up. Who knows where he’s gonna be or what’s gonna happen. I could be, like, covered in leaves, hiding somewhere, all decrepit.”
On a lighter note, that would put a damper on some fans’ final season wish lists: “Here’s the difference with naked Juice: He’s never been naked Jax,” Rossi says. “Naked Jax is cool. Naked Jax is in the shower, naked Jax is on top of a girl, naked Jax is doing something with his big back tattoo that you’re like, ‘Wow.’ Naked Juice has been in a diaper. Naked Juice has OD’d and puked everywhere from Gemma’s hand in his mouth. Naked Juice is never a good thing. So when I hear things like that, I assume that anxiety will follow.”
Sons of Anarchy is set to return in September on FX.