Sons of Anarchy‘s violent sixth season comes to an end tonight (FX, 10 p.m. ET), and Jimmy Smits admits he took a deep breath before he cracked the finale’s script.
“Just because Kurt Sutter, the executive producer who’s in charge of the writer’s room — can I curse? — likes to blow s–t up,” Smits says, with a laugh. “And I mean that in a lot of ways. Not just literally, although they do sometimes blow s–t up. All the characters are left off-kilter, which is a great thing to play as an actor. But there’s that moment where you’re like, ‘That bullet could have my guy’s name on it.’ One of the first shots of the episode is this dove getting smashed by a motorcycle. I was like, ‘Whoa, this is the jump-off point?’” (“No animals were harmed,” he adds. “It was all CGI. CGI!”)
In the penultimate episode, Nero (Smits) learned from Juice that Jax had ordered him to kill Darvany, the mother of the 11-year-old who used a gun that can be traced back to Nero’s Byz-Lats and SAMCRO in a school shooting during the season premiere. Nero also learned from Alvarez that the Mayans MC are preparing to side with the Chinese in a war against SAMCRO and Marks’ Niners, should it come to that. “A recurring resonant chord that’s hit in the show is betrayal — and what happens in this world that we’re in when betrayals happen,” Smits says. “The pull between Nero’s supposed end game that he thought he had and now this family and the MC are really tugging at him. So he’s got to make some decisions there that are gonna impact things.”
With enough drama on the show, we opted to give Smits a few laughs with our EW Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below.