Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is trading his leather biker jacket and motorcycle for chainmail and a horse. After Sons ended, a modernized Shakespearean tragedy, Sutter's fans wondered what his next dark venture would be, and at Comic-Con FX revealed the first teaser trailer for The Bastard Executioner, which will debut this September with a 10-episode first season.
The Bastard Executioner will introduce Lee Jones, who plays Wilkin Brattle, a 14th-century knight in King Edward I’s court who attempts to walk away from the battlefield but is unable to do so when he is appointed to become Edward’s executioner instead. Also starring are True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Sutter and of course his muse Katey Sagal, who traded in her highlights and torn tees for long white hair and maiden fashion.
At Comic-Con, a clean-shaven Sutter introduced the clip via recorded video and promised blood, torture and the theme of brotherhood, similar themes explored on his last series. But there is also something deeply complex about the lead character who must carry out his task on the highest order to the lowest citizen. With luck, The Bastard Executioner will bring out Sutter's loyal fan base and make a name out of Jones, as Sons of Anarchy did for Charlie Hunnam.
The series is being filmed on location in Wales and is similar to History Channel’s Vikings in that it appears to be a fictional story in a historical setting. Despite the absence of dragons, it’s looking to fill that medieval void in the fall when Game of Thrones fans are starving for something new. For those who like their sword-and-shield stories blood-spattered and gritty, The Bastard Executioner is aiming to fit the bill.
Check out the trailer below, which is a shorter preview than what was shown at Comic-Con, and let us know your initial thoughts and whether you’re going to tune in.