Sons of Anarchy introduced the audience to the motorcycle club of the same name, along with the rules and hierarchy within the club, which made fans question if Jax and Opie also had to prospect to become members – and here’s the answer. Created by Kurt Sutter, Sons of Anarchy premiered on FX in 2008 and lived on for a total of seven seasons, coming to an end in 2014. The series was very well-received from the beginning and was praised for its tone, the performances of the main cast, and the themes it addresses, most notably racism and corruption.
Sons of Anarchy follows Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), VP of the motorcycle club Sons of Anarchy in the fictional town of Charming, in California. The events of the series are kickstarted when Jax finds a manifesto written by his late father, John Teller, one of the founding members of the club, in which he shared his vision and plans for the club, which were very different from those of the club’s current President, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). This discovery leads Jax to question the club’s path and history, his relationships, family, and himself. Over the course of seven seasons, viewers followed Jax’s journey quite closely, and got to know those closest to him quite well, such as his wife Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) and his best friend and fellow Sons of Anarchy member, Harry “Opie” Winston (Ryan Hurst).
Opie was also the son of a founding member of the club, Piermont “Piney” Winston (William Lucking), who was still part of the club by the time Sons of Anarchy begins. As such, Opie and Jax were best friends since childhood as they grew up together, but by the time the series begins, they were already part of the club, with Jax serving as VP and Opie as “soldier” and “Man of Mayhem”. They were also known as “Legacies” within SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original), which is the term used for the offspring of a member who later becomes a member of the club. Given their direct link to the club, many fans have wondered if they had to go through the experience of being a prospect before officially joining the MC, and Kurt Sutter has finally answered that question.
Kurt Sutter has been quite active on social media during quarantine, interacting with his followers and answering the many questions they have about Sons of Anarchy, its characters, and its possible future. Among those questions was one about whether Jax and Opie had to prospect first or if they immediately became members, to which Sutter replied that “of course they had to prospect”. Sutter went on to explain that it’s especially hard for those who have blood in the club as they “have shoes to fill” so expectations are high, and the family member in the club has to make sure they are not accused of favoritism. Sutter even added that, in the Sons of Anarchy writers room, they talked about Jax not getting patched in after his first year, as Clay, Chibbs (Tommy Flanagan), and Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) decided he needed one more year to be ready.
Fans of Sons of Anarchy can rest assured knowing that nepotism wasn’t present within the club and Jax earned his spot as VP all by himself – though whether he was a better President than Clay or if he successfully carried with the weight of being the son of a founding member is up to every viewer. As for Opie, it will remain a mystery how far he could have gone within the club, but at least he left as a hero for the members of the MC and one of their most loyal ones as well.