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Mayans M.C. will follow Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes (JD Pardo), a young man who just got out of prison and is a prospect for the titular charter on the California/Mexico border. EZ now has to figure out his new identity in the (sorta shabby) town of Santo Padre, California, where he was once known as a golden boy who could easily set his sights on the American Dream, but who saw his chances at that life ruined by cartel violence. The show takes place two and a half years after the events of Sons of Anarchy, and we'll watch as EZ's drive for vengeance leads him toward a life he never really wanted and (as we all know) will never be able to escape. As the official tagline for the new drama goes, "once you're in, there's no out."
The trailer does a wonderful job of setting up just how difficult EZ's journey is going to be, at least during his time as a prospect for the charter. After he rides into town, looking like he's been a badass for decades, we see his brother Angel (Clayton Cardenas) grill him on whether or not this life is what he really wants. As Angel tells him, EZ will need to be "all in" when it comes to every aspect of living the life of a Mayans M.C. member. EZ accepts, but it's clear that he still longs a bit for his old life, especially where high school sweetheart Emily Thomas (Sarah Bolger) is concerned. For her part, she's come up in the world since EZ got sent away, but she also seems to still have a connection to her former flame, one that will likely cause some complications for both of them before long.
As could be expected, Mayans M.C. is going to be filled to the brim with club politics, both of the internal and, I'm sure, the brutal external kind. EZ almost got a shrink-wrapped dead body thrown on his head, for fuck's sake. That is certainly not something one would expect from the life of a former Stanford hopeful. Talk about a learning curve. Thankfully for EZ, he has his Pop, Felipe (Edward James Olmos), around to impart some wisdom on club life when necessary, and that includes telling him that he can expect this life to "twist" him up and make him doubt all he thought he could trust. After some hints of the kind of action we can expect from Mayans M.C., Pop also makes sure to remind EZ that he's in now, so there's no getting out.
I don't know about you, but I think EZ has made the absolute best choice for a long and prosperous future. We can all watch him learn to navigate this new, dangerous world when Mayans M.C. debuts on FX on September 4 at 10 p.m. EST.