If you’re one of the many, many fans who has been championing a Tig and Venus-centric Sons of Anarchy spinoff–online or otherwise–after the show goes dark on Tuesday night, you’re about to be disappointed. As much fun as that relationship has been to watch evolve onscreen in Season 7, that’s all we’re going to get, says Tig portrayer Kim Coates.
The Canadian, who was in Toronto recently to help launch Rogers and Shaw’s new streaming service Shomi, laughed when we brought up the budding Tig and Venus (Walton Goggins) romance, but swore it would go no further than Sons of Anarchy, Season 7.
“Venus my girl … yeah … no,” Coates laughed. “It will never happen. But that’s OK. It’s been an amazing journey with Walton Goggins and me.”
The actor understandably remained tight-lipped about Tuesday night’s series finale on FX and Super Channel, saying only that it is “epic” and that according to showrunner and creator Kurt Sutter, fans will be left satisfied. No word on whether that means Tig will make it through alive, but if the past is any indication, we can hold out hope.
“I should have been dead 20 times by now. So I think he’s a survivor,” Coates told reporters last summer at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, reminding everyone that this is the same SAMCRO member who used to be Clay’s (Ron Perlman) right-hand man.
Heading into the finale, Tig recalls going from that guy whose daughter was burned alive in a hole to one of the show’s few comedic reliefs–a transition the actor has welcomed in this otherwise “drama’ed out” season.
“There’s never enough Tig for me. But when there is Tig, Sutter gives me I think selfishly some of the greatest stuff on that show ever,” Coates tells The TV Junkies. “There isn’t a lot of comedy anymore, no Theo Rossi running around in diapers and stuff. Those days are pretty much over. So I think that I’m blessed to have been given some of the funny stuff this season, our final, ferocious, drama’ed out season.”
That doesn’t mean he hasn’t appreciated some of the heart-breaking, in-depth scenes that have punctuated the scheming, plotting, lying and gun fights throughout this final run, mind you.
“I’m not a huge fan of the (gun stuff). What I am a huge fan of are those one-on-one, one-on-two moments, those are the scenes that I’ll never forget,” he wraps. “There hasn’t been enough of those scenes, in my opinion; when they are on the screen it’s just some of the greatest writing ever. Just wait. It’s been an epic show. It’s been an epic, epic time for all of us.”
Sons of Anarchy takes its final ride on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. ET on FX and Super Channel.
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