Sons of Anarchy (CR: Facebook) The jail arc on Sons of Anarchy is still hard to take for many SOA fans, since it signaled the final chapter of troubled soul Opie Winston, the most loyal member to the club even though he lost his father and his wife in the middle of all this madness.

Ryan Hurst, who brought an intense and inspired dedication in capturing Opie’s spirit, is surely missed on Sons of Anarchy, and although the series essentially centers on the rise and inevitable fall (and rise again) of Jax Teller, it was Opie (I suppose SOA fans simply call him “Op”) who served as the true moral compass of the crew. Although he is now the king of the roost, Jax has ventured deeper into a violent abyss, and without Opie serving as his barometer, Mr. Teller’s obsessions should continue to weigh him down.

“When (Opie) got killed it was a tremendous hard period of his life,” said Hunnam. “He wrote this beautiful essay called ‘The Last Rites of Opie Winston’ when he got killed…as a catharsis he was trying to figure out how to fill this huge void that he felt and he said that every actor has this graveyard of characters that he carries around with him. And that’s part of the job.”

To hear Hunnam elaborate on his feelings about eventually saying goodbye to Jax Teller (as well as his thoughts on Hurst’s essay on Opie Winston), click on the media bar below:

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