New One-Niner Leader Previews Tonight's 'SOA'
By LISA HIRSCH
October 09, 2012
There have only been four episodes so far in season five of Sons of Anarchy, and already the central figures in the show have undergone enough upheaval for a lifetime. Mo McRae, who plays the newly minted One-Niner leader, Tyler, gives us a preview of tonight's episode.
Tyler became the unlikely leader of the Oakland gang after former leader Laroy was dismembered and tossed into Damon Pope's murder pit, followed by Darnell being gunned down right in front of Tyler. Mo tells The Insider that his character never wanted to lead the gang: "Based on the fact that Laroy was killed and chopped into little pieces, Darnell's brains were splattered all over the place right in front of me… there's no way I would have volunteered for that position. I felt like you couldn't say 'no.' Basically I was buying time by accepting the position."
Mo, a longtime fan of the show who calls his chance to join the cast "one of those rare opportunities," adds that as a result of Laroy and Darnell's brutal murders, "Pope is definitely now utilizing a power that he has over the 'One-Niners.'"
Of tonight's episode, Mo says, "You can expect for some new ground to be covered. I think this is going to be an introduction to new terrain."
Expanding on what is to come for Tyler, Mo says, "Jax and I will have some interactions, I don't want to be too specific about what interactions those are, but I can say that I think people are going to be shocked by where that relationship goes."
When it comes to the now-shaky relationship between SAMCRO and the One-Niners, Mo says, "I think Pope kind of forces the hand in everybody. So it's kind of like, 'What is in Pope's interest, and what is the nature of the relationship between the One-Niners and SAMCRO that will best serve his interest?'"
And after both the One-Niners and SAMCRO have lost integral elements of their leadership, Mo says that while the groups will respect each other on a business level, the personal relationships will be harder to mend: "Respect is one of those things [where], if you break a pencil you can glue it, tape it, but the pencil will always have a crack in it."
Mo also comments on the on-set chemistry of the FX hit, "The brotherly bond is definitely there, like a real motorcycle club. There are certain things you can't 'act,' … and [the actors] don't have to act out a lot things in terms of the chemistry and the love they have for each other. On set it just feels really genuine; like they care about each other, and they really embraced me … as I came into the brotherhood."
Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on FX.