We’re still months away from getting our first episodes of the Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC, but we are getting some new details into the rough and tumble motorcycle gang. Entertainment Weekly was at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, where they found more details about Mayans MC.
Some new developments that we learned from the panel is that the upcoming drama will be set in the fictional California border town of Santa Padre and take place three years after the finale of Sons of Anarchy and Jax Teller’s demise. “We talk a little about that final day with Jax and how it changed [the] Northern California [motorcycle club world],” said the show’s creator Kurt Sutter.
The FX series will follow the story of Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (played by JD Pardo), a young Mayans MC recruit who is torn between the woman he loves and his loyalty to the biker gang. When he joins the Mayans MC for a drug run to Las Vegas, things go “spectacularly wrong when the shipment is held up by armed gunmen.”
Felipe Reyes (played by Edward James Olmos) is EZ’s father and the “patriarch” of the motorcycle in much of the same way that Clay Morrow (played by Ron Perlman) was in Sons of Anarchy. The show will be based on SAMCRO’s rival motorcycle group that is compromised of Latino members, but there could be some crossover from characters from Sons of Anarchy because the timeline is so close and both motorcycle clubs are in the same universe. You should expect to see Mayans enforcer Marcus Álvarez (played by Emilio Rivera) to reprise his role from SOA.
In this era of everything being politicized, Mayans MC will try to not get political. “It’s not a political show,” Sutter said. “I do not write political shows. I should not write political shows. But the real world always impacted Sons of Anarchy. This is not a show that will deal head-on with those issues but it takes place on the border and those things will have to bleed into the storyline.”
Mayans MC doesn’t premiere until this fall on FX, but we get some behind-the-scenes photos and teaser trailers.