Spoiler alert: The Nov. 15 episode of AMC’s Hell on Wheels, “Thirteen Steps,” found preacher Ruth (Kasha Kropinski) determined to see herself hanged for murdering Sidney Snow, the man who’d killed her son, Ezra, despite the best efforts of Cullen (Anson Mount) to get her to accept a pardon. The resulting jail conversations between the two—beautifully written, lit, staged, and acted—are some of the best scenes of the series. Kropinski spoke to EW about Ruth’s fate and relationship with Cullen, and what it’s like to film a scene standing atop a trap door. READ FULL STORY
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If you’re a Sons of Anarchy fan who can’t stop talking about the performances Walton Goggins and Kim Coates delivered in that beautiful bedroom conversation between Venus and Tig in the Nov. 11 episode, you are not alone. Executive producer Paris Barclay, who directed “Faith and Despondency,” phoned EW Radio from Wales on Wednesday to rave about what he considers to be possibly the best performance by any two actors in the FX drama’s seven seasons. Listen to the clip below.
“There was really true love there, and when it was done, the crew just stopped and applauded them,” Barclay says. “The camera assistants were crying. People were just clapping because they brought something new to them, a new feeling: People hadn’t really experienced Tig in that way, as deeply serious and as honest and as direct as he was, and Venus really telling you how she became this way and what it’s like for her.” Sons is the fourth project Barclay has done with Goggins. They first met when Barclay directed him in the 1996 HBO movie The Cherokee Kid starring Sinbad. “To see him from that movie,” Barclay says, “where he was a comic Western guy, to the depth that he was able to bring, even to the last moments when he was trying to get back his Venus voice. [Tig] says, ‘You put on that dress, and I want to go anywhere with you, just the way you are,’ and he lifts his spirits up and he sits up a little taller and he tries to get Venus’ voice back but it’s difficult—he’s just genius.” READ FULL STORY
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Spoiler alert: Tuesday night’s episode of Sons of Anarchy ended with Jax telling Abel that Wendy was his “first mommy”—and Abel later telling Jax that Gemma killed Tara. While we wait to see what Jax does with that information, and what role Wendy plays in his investigation, EW spoke with Drea de Matteo about Wendy’s emotion in that moment, her feelings for Jax, the backstory de Matteo created for her, and her relationship with Gemma (and Nero). READ FULL STORY
Going into the Nov. 11 episode of Sons of Anarchy, 49 percent of readers thought Tyler (Mo McRae) had already turned on SAMCRO, per an EW.com poll. But spoiler alert: They were wrong. Moses demanded Tyler help him find out where the club was hiding the dead preacher’s wife and stepson, so Tyler led him to TO (and Rat). It was, however, all part of Jax’s latest plan, which ended with TO sending Moses and his men into a SAMCRO-led ambush. Fittingly, since Tyler’s been a double agent in Sons‘ final season, McRae is now in Detroit shooting an indie film called Destined in which he plays two versions of one character: a guy in the streets attempting to avenge the death of a friend, and a member of the mayor’s cabinet. He phoned EW to talk about Tyler’s journey, the TSA agent in Detroit who seriously loves Sons, and whether we’ve seen the last of Tyler. READ FULL STORY
Spoiler alert: The Nov. 11 episode of Sons of Anarchy found Jax taking the expression “an eye for an eye” literally: After ambushing Moses (Mathew St. Patrick) and his men, he ripped out Moses’ eyeball, which dangled out of its socket. (Chibs then cut off Moses’ fingers before Jax put a bullet in his head, mirroring the fate Bobby had suffered.)
The eye was stomach-turning and awesome, which is why we asked Sons‘ head of makeup Tracey Anderson how she did it. READ FULL STORY
Spoiler alert: In the Nov. 11 episode of Sons of Anarchy, “Faith and Despondency,” Venus (Walton Goggins) and Tig (Kim Coates) took their relationship to the next level—then almost called it quits. The always eloquent Goggins, who’s recurred as the transgender escort for three seasons, talked to EW about filming their emotional conversation—and where he thinks Venus and Tig went afterward. Bonus for Justified fans, he also got us psyched for that show’s final season, which premieres in January. (He’s about to start shooting episode six.)
FX’s Sons of Anarchy aftershow, Anarchy Afterword, returns to FX tonight following episode 10, and fans will be happy to see who’s at the head of the table. Show creator Kurt Sutter will moderate the conversation with guests Charlie Hunnam and Tommy Flanagan. Kim Coates and guest star Walton Goggins will also make special appearances.
The super-sized episode will run until 11:36 p.m. ET, with the aftershow scheduled to wrap at 12:30 a.m. ET. That means the cast, many of whom will join Sutter on TBS’ Conan tonight at 11 p.m. ET, will be going up against themselves in the ratings. READ FULL STORY
While the doors of Sports Night shuttered after only two seasons, the show helped launch the television careers of several actors and became an early indicator of what Aaron Sorkin could do on TV. When the cast came back together for EW‘s reunion issue, they discussed some of the show’s most memorable moments.
Sons of Anarchy fans are still reeling from the Nov. 4 episode, which said goodbye to Bobby (Mark Boone Junior). But Billy Brown, the actor who plays August Marks, the Big Bad who pulled the trigger, may actually be able to cheer them up with a couple of great behind-the-scenes anecdotes. READ FULL STORY
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