Opie (Ryan Hurst) has always been one of the most tortured characters on Sons of Anarchy.
First Opie lost Donna, a loss that drove him deeper into the SAMCRO lifestyle. Eventually, Opie came back from his emotional grotto, got married and was well on his way to becoming the next SAMCRO VP, in the event that Jax (Charlie Hunnam) stepped up to take the gavel.
Then, one of the saddest moments on Sons of Anarchy kicked happiness in the face. Piney (William Lucking) was killed by Clay (Ron Perlman) in Season 4. It was the shotgun blast heard round the world.
It was hard enough for Opie to learn that his porn star wife was taking birth control pills, but nothing could quite prepare him to seeing his father shot dead – alone. Nothing could prepare the fans either. If learning that his father was dead wasn’t enough of a shock, showrunner Kurt Sutter gave Opie another kick-in-the-face. Opie learned the truth about who killed his father. It was Clay. Unfortunately, his long time friend, Jax, did not give him the chance to get revenge.
In this interview with Hurst, we talk about the emotional moments of Season 4. Hurst lets us know how poignant the scene was for him, especially since he developed a strong bond with Lucking. Hurst also lets us know his father responded to seeing the episode.
Finally, Hurst gives us a taste of what we can expect in Sons of Anarchy Season 5 and touches on some of his personal film projects.
Watch the full interview below: