San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Sunday
The big movie stars may have vacated San Diego, but that doesn't mean they took all the fun with them. The final day of Comic-Con saw Hall H get taken over by the small screen and in what became something of a theme with this year's programming, the enthusiasm seemed far greater than what was seen during the film panels that occupied the same space. Doctor Who fans lined up in droves and the room was similarly packed for the last star-studded panel of Comic-Con, Sons of Anarchy.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia also graced the Hall H stage this afternoon. The actors and writers teased several stories that will be covered in their upcoming season. Rob McElhenney talked about an episode that was inspired by Pretty Woman, in which Danny DeVito's Frank will marry a prostitute in what he believes will be a far more honest portrayal of what that will be like. The gang is also set to attend a high school reunion which will bring back some former characters and also see guest appearance from Caprica's Sasha Roiz, as well as a dance number. There will also be baby funeral and a vacation to shore that's in New Jersey (they emphasize that it has nothing to do with the show Jersey Shore). Charlie Day also noted that he will be appearing in fellow Comic-Con attendee Guillermo del Toro's film, Pacific Rim because, as it turns out, del Toro is a huge Sunny fan.
Last season saw much of the cast of Sons of Anarchy piled into a paddy wagon and shipped off to Stockton Prison. This year, they'll pick up fourteen months later as the boys are just getting out of prison. The Comic-Con audience got see the first several minutes of the 90-minute premiere, which sees the boys reuniting with their SAMCRO brethren and riding away from the pen with a chorus of middle-finger salutes. Sutter revealed that, prior to the airing of the premiere, "appisodes" will be made available that will touch on what's happened in missing months. The creator noted that these little extras won't be necessary to follow the events of season four, though. One of the first changes of note in the season opener is that Jax has shorn is long locks. Star Charlie Hunnam noted that, during the hiatus, he visited a couple of prisons to research the experience and doing so gave him the idea, as many correctional facilities do not allow inmates to have long hair. He was, however, unable to convince all of his co-stars to do the same. Going into the new year, Sutter says that stories will deal more with the internal workings of the club, as well as how they deal with how Charming has changed in their absence.
And with that, another year at Comic-Con has ended as the masses head back home until next year.