Kurt Sutter, the creator and showrunner of FX's acclaimed and high-rating biker drama series "Sons of Anarchy," has previously said on several occasions that he and the network were all set to wrap up the series at the end of the seventh season next year.
Appearing at a panel at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences late Friday night, Sutter was asked if those plans were still in place or if he intended to continue on with more seasons. His response:
"There's so many factors that determine whether a show continues or not. I came up with the initial awareness that if this show was being done in sort of the same production model that The Shield was in – and I knew that The Shield had about seven seasons.
And I knew that at that point the show ultimately begins to eat itself and becomes more expensive to make. So I thought if we could get a full run I could tell the story I wanted to tell in seven seasons. And I knew by the end of this [current sixth] season I'd have a sense of whether or not I'd be able to do that, and I still think I can.
But look, I think if I got halfway through this season or at some point next season I felt like I couldn't finish it, I'd probably be able to have a conversation with the network. … (But) I think after seven seasons I don't know if we can maintain the rhythm and the pace that we've done, and I wouldn't want to extend it and have it become something that it's not. So my plan is still to finish it out in seven."
You can watch a streaming video of the full panel over at Emmys.com