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FX's Mayans MC will soon arrive on our televisions to remind us how loud, dusty and pulse-pounding the Sons of Anarchy universe is, and the anticipation is palpable. The show has released a steady stream of video teasers to keep fans hyped up, but this latest one might have some feeling a bit mournful and nostalgic for SAMCRO's golden goose Jax Teller, who gets honored in a unique way. Give it a watch while pouring one out for ya blonde homie.
Just about all of these Mayans MC spots have kept with the central SoCal aesthetic and highway motif, showing off its titular motorcycle club speeding down the open road. The vids haven't all been outwardly positive, though, despite the blazing sunshine lighting things up, and this "Roadside" clip may be the most effective one yet, since it aims to stir up old feelings about the way Jax Teller chose to write off his own story.
After seven seasons, Sons of Anarchy ended its run with Charlie Hunnam's Jax Teller finally ending his own criminal streak in a most extreme (if suitable) manner. After leading a giant and somewhat calm car chase, Jax spread his arms/wings and allowed fate to deliver him unto the front grill plate of a semi truck driven by Michael Chiklis. It was reminiscent of his father JT Teller's death, which Jax was deep in thought about just before the big car chase went down. And as the promo above shows us, Jax's highway demise apparently had quite an impact, earning him a more lavish highway memorials than most people get.
Now, catching sight of Jax's roadside cross might have some fans thinking that Mayans MC is going to make dedicated efforts to bring the surviving Sons of Anarchy characters into the narrative. But that shouldn't be the biggest hope just yet, since co-creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James want to establish the world of the Mayans club as an independent power without needing to rely on former glory. That said, we know S.O.A.'s Emilio Rivera will be reprising the role of Oakland charter prez Marcus Alvarez, and there have been talks about having others appear down the line, if the story allows for it.
The ultimate question, of course, is whether or not Mayans MC will figure out a way to actually bring Charlie Hunnam's Jax Teller back to live-action in some way. I'm staying hopeful in general, while knowing that he would be competing for screen time with a slew of excellent actors, including Edward James Olmos, Richard Cabral, John Ortiz, Michael Irby, Sarah Bolger, Jacqueline Obradors, J.D. Pardo and more. It's kind of a stacked house at this point, so maybe after a few dozen people start getting killed, there will be more time for Mayans MC to look back in the past.