Did ‘Sons of Anarchy’ cross line in season premiere?

BY JOSEPH WEITEMEYER
ARTS & LIFE EDITOR

The premiere episode for season six of “Sons of Anarchy” (“SOA”) aired Tuesday on FX and gave viewers more than they were ready for. Even regular viewers who are familiar with the violence that accompanies the show were surprised.

The cause of the controversy was a school shooting at the end of the episode.

“I don’t think that should have been shown on TV,” senior Allison DeStefano said. “In the wake of all the recent school shootings that shouldn’t be used in entertainment.”

DeStefano said she watches shows that are regularly intense, such as “SOA,” “American Horror Story” and “Boardwalk Empire.”

Violence is always some subplot to these shows, but she feels the type of violence used in last night’s “SOA” episode crossed a line.

“It was in poor taste,” DeStefano said.

In episodes prior to the “SOA” season six premiere, characters were shot, burned, tortured and de-limbed. For some fans, the school shooting only added more drama to the show.

“I thought it was a bit much,” senior Josh Larkinsaid. “But it added so much suspense at the end of the episode. It’s definitely going to have people tuning in.”

Despite the violence that lingers throughout the show, it continues to break cable TV records. According to hollywoodreporter.com, an average of 5.87 million people watched the first run of the episode, which is 9 percent higher than last year’s premiere.
The violence of the show may be increasing with each passing season, but the viewership is increasing just as much.

“Sons of Anarchy” airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on FX.

Contact the writer: joseph.weitemeyer@scranton.edu

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