Kurt Sutter has treated quarantine life in a way that has left many Sons of Anarchy fans feeling as connected as ever to the show. The creator of the hit FX show has been an open book amid the coronavirus pandemic, sharing many details about the inner workings of the series through a series of Q&A sessions he has hosted on Twitter.
Sutter spent much of his last time answering fans questions discussing the relationship between Jax Teller and and his mother, Gemma. He even spoke about why it took the leading character, who was played by Charlie Hunnam, so long to realize that his own mom was responsible for much of the series' biggest twists and turns. Along with that, Sutter also took on a loaded question from one person who asked if there was a character who was killed off in the show that left a lasting impact on him. To no surprise, Sutter responded that that honor belong to Opie, who was played on the show by Ryan Hurst.
The series' creator said that "all of them" were tough for him, but singled out Opie's. "But when you're telling stories that place in an uber violent world, dying is part of the truth," Suter answered. "Killing off Opie f----- me up for a while. As it did most of the entire cast and crew. It's heavy."
Upon seeing that response, many of the series' diehard fans shared their thoughts on the hardest-hitting death in the show's seven season run.
Its been what? 6 or 7 years? I'm still not totally ok with Opie's death.— Alexis Ozz (@altron16) April 21, 2020
It was the right move in terms of storyline but it still hurts. I still think Opie's death was the turning point for Jax. More significant than even Tara's. 💔— Lockdown Ally 🦄🌈🛸 (@poetrynmadness) April 21, 2020
Opie's death was by far the worst in my book. I will never be able to watch this scene without pouring my eyes out.— 💦 QueenMoist 💦 (@zombiexmeg) April 23, 2020
The hardest death to watch. I still cry over to this day.— Kristen Ciotto (@krisscio) April 22, 2020
I cried. Hard. I’ve rewatched the series 3 times and it’s the only episode I can’t rewatch. Never thought I’d be so attached to a fictional character.— Laci Marie (@LaciMarie32) April 21, 2020
Couldn’t watch it the first time, can’t watch it still. The memorial for Opie broke me💔— Patty 🧢🚑🚒 💙 ☘️ (@divineP) April 21, 2020
That was a brutal episode to watch and let sink in. Took me a while to want to watch it again. At the same time though, it was one of the best. The way it draws you in and then BAM! Slaps you in the face with that. Literally felt like I had lost a loved one.— Adam Hicks (@AdamHicks88) April 23, 2020
The death of Opie really messed me up. My brothers and I always tell each other that we would die for one another but when that time comes I don’t think that either one of us are ready for the amount of pain that we would feel.— Matt Tejeda (@matt_tejeda) April 23, 2020